with Todd Wright
SATURDAY, March 2nd
Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called "one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years" by Performing Songwriter Magazine.
Their song "All for You" topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status. In their first showing on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard's Top Current Albums chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The band landed on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart again in 2016 with “Unplugged From Daryl's House Club” at #75.
Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band hosts annual events like “Hazelnut Hang,” that focuses on fan involvement and was a pioneer in themed cruise experiences by co-founding “The Rock Boat,” a cruise featuring nonstop opportunities for fan/artist interaction. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media.
In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with “Lyrics For Life.” Founded by singer Ken Block and the Band, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.
Todd Wright started this century as the touring guitarist for then-Atlantic-now-Verve recording artist Lucy Woodward. From 2004-2006 he was the touring keyboardist for Warner Brothers recording artist Pat McGee whom Wright later co-wrote and produced "These Days - The Virginia Sessions" for. In 2008 he signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell music publishing and with his writing partner Scott Simons wrote songs for a real housewife of Orange County, a Dutch Idol (Lisa Lois - Sony), a Eurovision Song Contest winner (Lena - Universal) and Judy Garland's grandniece (Audra Mae - Sideonedummy).
After leaving Warner in 2009 Wright helped develop local DC artist Chelsea Lee and was instrumental in her signing to Atlantic Records. Four of his songs are on Lee's upcoming Atlantic release.
In 2010 Wright signed with Pen music publishing and has since placed songs on TV shows Bones (FOX) and One Tree Hill (CW) as well as an upcoming major motion picture called What's Your Number.
Todd is also endlessly wrapped up in various side projects including a power-pop-electronic band with ex-Atlantic recording artist Toby Lightman called Girl Named Toby. He also has a trio with Better Than Ezra bassist Tom Drummond and America's Next Top Model winner CariDee English called Broken English.
In his 39th year Wright completed a project called 40x40 where he wrote and released a song every week for 40 weeks culminating on his 40th birthday. The project was participated in by many of Todd's musical buds including members of Collective Soul, Better Than Ezra, The New York Dolls and Taylor Swift's band. One of these songs (Lay Down) was re-mixed by internationally loved producers Roger Shah, Ross Lara and Johnny Yono and reached #18 on the Beatport charts. All of the proceeds raised by 40x40 were donated to Juvenile Diabetes research.