Chuck Wright has today released the debut eponymous album ‘Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky’, released today via Cleopatra Records. And today we have the privilege of getting an exclusive interview with the mind behind this music. In this interview we talk about Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky as well as his other projects and passions, past and present.
The album features over 40 guest musicians including Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian, Skid Row guitarist Scotti Hill, TSO/Sweet’s Joe Retta, Flotsam and Jetsam’s Ken Mary, Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey, Lorelei, Whitney Tai, House Of Lords guitarist Lanny Cordola and more.
But, this is Chuck’s concept. And it is long overdue. And it is a true concept. In every meaning of the word. Almost a score to a film that is in you. Hopping genres as easy as it crosses musical realms, ‘Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky’ smashes the boundaries that lay around the outside of that box that causes us to scratch our heads and wonder why someone would do something that is the opposite of what we prejudged them to be. If you understand what I mean there, then shame on you. If you get it, let these songs become the soundtracks to the next memories of your life. Because Chuck is no longer ‘Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright’ or ‘the bass player for House Of Lords’. He is your Chuck Wright. He has made his sheltering sky the limit. This, to me, is his best work. A journey set to sound. The best part is, this album also tells me his best work is yet to come.
Today we talk about that work and the process of how this all came to be, his Ultimate Jam Nights at The Whiskey A Go Go as well as his other current projects and future plans. Consider this a lesson for all of you aspiring musicians out there. Enjoy!
Check out our other features with Chuck Wright HERE.
Long-time bassist for multi-platinum rockers Quiet Riot, Chuck Wright, proudly presents the release of the first single from his new solo album. Wright has also worked alongside such rock music luminaries as Alice Cooper, Greg Allman, Ted Nugent, various members of Guns N’ Roses and Kiss to name a few, and now embarks on his first-ever solo excursion.
The full-length album from Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky, released today (May 20th, 2022), features over 40 guest performers including members of Mr. Big, Skid Row, Tesla, Dream Theater, Great White, Asia, Jefferson Starship, acclaimed solo artists Allen Hinds, Toshi Yanagi, and many others. Wright is finally stepping out on his own with a wide range of genres, from Jazz Fusion, Prog, Funk to in-your-face Hard Rock, which was in itself one of the things that led him to want to forge his own way and create this unique collection of songs within his “Sheltering Sky” project.
Check out Chuck’s win at the Rock Music Alliance Awards for ‘Weight of Silence’ (Reimaged) HERE.
Chuck Wright is an American bassist, songwriter, singer, music producer, graphic designer and live event producer, best known as a long time member of multi-platinum Heavy Metal band Quiet Riot. He originally joined Quiet Riot in 1982, playing bass on the tracks “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” and “Don’t Wanna Let You Go,” as well as singing background vocals on all tracks from the 1983 multi-platinum album Metal Health.
Wright’s career in mainstream rock first took off when he joined Giuffria in 1984. Their debut album Giuffria peaked at #26 on the Billboard album charts on March 2, 1985. The album spawned two hit singles, “Call to the Heart” (Hot 100 #15) and “Lonely In Love” (Hot 100 #57).
After sold-out arena tours with Deep Purple and Foreigner, Wright left Giuffria to re-join Quiet Riot in 1986, to record and compose songs for their QRIII release and supporting world tour.
His reputation as one of the most sought-after bass players has landed him gigs with Alice Cooper, Slash, Gregg Allman, Carmine Appice, Ronnie Montrose, John Waite, and Pat Travers.
Wright has appeared on over 100 worldwide record releases, playing bass and producing albums of various styles, including ambient trance, reggae, rap, country and rock. He was also involved in seven film scores, including Kull the Conqueror, where he was joined by Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the years, Wright also worked with House Of Lords, Bad Moon Rising, Blackthorne, Christian Tolle Project, Doro, Impellitteri, Kuni, MSG, Magdalen, Murderer’s Row, Pata, Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Adler’s Appetite, Love/Hate, Ken Tamplin, and Shane Gibson from Korn. Wright has headed up Ultimate Jam Night, a long-running live music show since January 2015 at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood. Ultimate Jam Night features up to 60 pro musicians each week.
Wright still tours with Quiet Riot, records as a session player, and performs live with various rock acts, as well as his Los Angeles eclectic local group Acoustic Saints. He is endorsed by Ampeg, Godin Guitars, S.I.T. Strings, CAD, and Sick Boy Motorcycles.
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