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Timothy Wright (June 17, 1947 – April 24, 2009), [1] generally credited as Rev. Timothy Wright or Reverend Timothy Wright on recordings, was an American gospel singer and pastor.



Reverend Timothy Wright started on piano at age 12, and sang and composed for his church choir as a teenager at the St. John's Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God in Brooklyn. [2] He played piano for Bishop F. D. Washington and Isaac Douglas in the 1960s and 1970s, including on recordings, and he formed his own gospel ensemble in the mid-1970s, the Timothy Wright Concert Choir. He eventually became pastor of the Pentecostal Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and issued albums regularly from 1990. [2] [3]

Wright's 1994 album Come Thou Almighty King, with the New York Fellowship Mass Choir, made Billboard’s Top 20 chart for gospel albums and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, as was his 1999 release Been There Done That. [4] [5] On the heels of this success, Wright and the New York Fellowship Mass Choir appeared in a 1995 episode of the television show New York Undercover .

On July 4, 2008, Wright was critically injured in a car crash on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, a crash which killed his wife and grandson as well as the driver of the oncoming car. [4] He died April 24, 2009, as a result of these injuries, at the age of 61. [1] [4]


TitleRelease DateLabelU.S. Top Gospel Albums Peak [6]
Praise Him1975-
Sunshine In My Soul1976-
Do You Know The Light1979-
Movin' in The Spirit1980-
Live At Washington Temple C.O.G.I.C.198514
Hallelujah Is Highest Praise19874
Jesus Will198719
Just Believe1989-
Living in a World198838
Who's on the Lord's Side19893
I'm Glad About It19924
We Need a Miracle199320
Come Thou Almighty King199410
Moving in the Spirit1995-
Live From London199636
Let Freedom Ring1997-
Been There Done That1999-
Story to Tell1999-
I Here Music2002-
Live in New York2003-
Let's Celebrate (He Is Risen)2005-
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus200713
Godfather of Gospel2009-

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  2. 1 2 Rev. Timothy Wright at Allmusic
  3. Staff writers (April 24, 2009). "Obituaries in the news". Associated Press. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
  4. 1 2 3 Timothy Wright, Famed Gospel Singer, Dies at 61. Billboard.com , April 24, 2009.
  5. Eskridge, Sonya (April 27, 2009). "The Rev. Timothy Wright dies at 61". Sister 2 Sister Magazine. Archived from the original on May 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
  6. Billboard, Allmusic