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By Deborah Carl

Mormon 'Kenny Rogers' Looking for Success

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- James Wright wants to be the Mormon Kenny Rogers but he's looking for a wider fan base than Utah. "I don't see myself as an LDS singer," Wright said. "I'm a singer who happens to be LDS. I'd like to think my music would be accepted in the secular world."

While "Legacy of Harmony" and "Familiar Strangers" received good reviews, Wright is hoping his third CD will appeal to a variety of tastes. "The Captain" includes "Ship of Dreams" by Sen. Orrin Hatch and Lowell Alexander, "Watching the River Run" by Kenny Loggins, and "Overboard" by T. Graham Brown, Wayland Holyfield, and Verlin Thompson. "The Captain", the title cut, was written by Wright's sister, Karolyn Kay Danielson, and the CD includes several original compositions by Wright. Greg Hansen did the arrangements, adding some nice Celtic-sounding hornpipe to the accompaniment.


LDS singer hopes to croon way up charts
Deseret News 22Sep01 A2
By Jerry Johnston: Deseret News staff writer


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