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Imani Wj Wright



Biography

Imani Wj Wright, a 20 year old artist from Baltimore, has been cultivating his musical skills and talents for the past 13 years. His growth as a musician includes his time on scholarship at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins, where he was honored with an “Outstanding Performance” award, and The Lyric Opera House of Baltimore, where he wrote an opera titled “Industrial Love.” He also spent an extensive stint at American University under the auspices of the Washington National Opera. Additionally, he was unanimously voted Male Singer of the Year at his high school.

Imani is also a journalist for The Baltimore Times, The Afro-American, and the London based magazine, Stereo Stickman. He's given a TED Talk on his intermingling of Music and writing at York College of Pennsylvania. The title of his Ted Talk being: Erasing the Myths of Writing.

Over the last year, Imani has performed in some of the most respected venues and concert series in the United States, SOB's(NYC), and Ram's Head Live!(Baltimore,MD) being two of them. Imani and his band have also been invited to perform in several of the highly acclaimed Sofar Sounds show series. Some Sofar cities in which he's performed are Seattle, Denver, Chicago, and San Francisco. He's also recently made his TV debut for his single “Home” on MTV.

Along with those accomplishments, Imani has also had mentoring from Grammy respected artists such as Khalid and Bilal. Through his various experiences in music, Imani has developed an eclectic sound that is undeniably of his unique creation. However, as pleasing as the sound is here, the listener is also dually challenged to delve deeply into the messages, ideas, and vociferous claims of this young artist.

"This Kid definitely got it." -Earmilk

Photo Cred: Madeline McQuillan 

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/24/2019: Imani Wj Wright & SwanoDown

Classically trained musicians Imani Wj Wright and SwanoDown put on an engaging amalgamation of opera, jazz, and R&B. They will perform their most popular pieces, such as “So I Thought,” along with their own renditions of operatic classics.

Kennedy Center Pic (Taken by Madeleine McQuillan)