Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Todd Wright: Halfway There And “Happy”

Photo from Todd Wright’s Facebook page. Photo by R. David Original Photography (

I’ve been using the Elevated Observations column on this blog to track power pop singer-songwriter Todd Wright’s progress as he works his way through an ambitious 40x40 Project to help find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. But since Elevated Observations is not included on the RSS Feeds that some people use to follow blogs, I thought it was time to mention him in a regular post.

On September 30th of 2009, Wright, who was a member of the group GetawayCar and has toured with the Pat McGee Band, embarked on a quest to release a free track download every Wednesday for 40 straight weeks, to coincide with his 40th birthday. He’s hoping that when people come to to download the songs, they’ll also consider making a donation of $10, $25, $50, or $100 to the American Diabetes Association. The songs are also available for $5.99 as a digital download with a bonus track and PDFs of the CD art, and for $11.99 as an actual CD with a bonus track and PDFs of the CD art. Buyers will be entered to win an iPod loaded with all of Wright’s 40x40 project songs.

As of today, Wright has reached the 40X40 halfway point with his 20th song, “Happy.” This is an amazing feat and I want to wish Wright success in completing the journey, as well as suggest that people make a contribution. I will continue to provide updates under Elevated Observations.

Todd Wright, who has written songs for Lucy Woodward and Toby Lightman, will be part of an extensive line-up of musicians taking part in A Tribute To Neil Finn/Crowded House at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia on February 13th.

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