It’s been over twenty years since Peter Wright wrote his first song and the highly acclaimed British composer is showing no signs of slowing down. Growing up to the sounds of the Beatles and Motown, it’s safe to say there was no shortage of musical inspiration for a young Londoner in the late 60’s early 70’s. “I wanted to emulate the great songwriters of that era,” reflects Peter, “Lennon and McCartney, Bacharach and David, Brian Wilson, Holland Dozier Holland and Smokey Robinson”.
Peter has a killer list of co-writers that he’s worked with in the past
including Grammy Award winner Craig Wiseman (Tim Mcgraw/Kenny Chesny), Jess Cates (Backstreetboys/Nick Lachey/Leanne Rimes), Danielle Brisbois (Natasha Bedingfield), Ben Robbins (Robert Plant, Gabrielle) and Robbie Williams. His song “I Still Burn” became a number one multi-platinum smash hit single in Germany, Austria and Swizerland, performed by Tobias Regner (Sony) and co-written with Jess Cates. He has also contributed to No. 1 albums for the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Natalia (“Everything and More”) and Russian superstar Valeriya.
So what’s happening next for NW1’s talented and unstoppable Peter Wright?
“I’m working with Chris Elliot who has done great string arrangements for Conjure One and stellar work for Adele”, Peter says. “ I’m also contributing songs to various production companies responsible for artists like Lauryn Hill and I’m continuing to work with Grammy winning writer Rob Davis who has been responsible for huge hits for Kylie Minogue.
Even with all the musical success, Peter has managed to obtain two degrees from the University of London, the first in Biochemistry and the other in Dentistry. An extremely hard worker with the accolades to show for it, he’s learned to the key to success is not to dwell on disappointments, but to move on quickly. We’re sure the No. 1’s will keep coming, and NW1 is proud to be working with the dynamic and talented Peter Wright.Peter Wright was born August 22nd 1957 in Derbyshire England. Two years later his family moved to London, where his passion for music began to flourish. He was raised in Brixton, which was a community heavily influenced by reggae. There he learned to play guitar and piano. Some of his greatest influences of those times were The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bacharach and David, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, Elton John, David Bowie, Thom Bell, Carole King and anyone else who emerged from the Brill Building back in New York. Peter’s first attempt at writing was in 1975, but started in the biz in the 80’s. For a brief period Peter became a recording artist and started co-writing tracks with greats such as Delroy Wilson, and PP Arnold whose collaborators at the time included Dexter Wansell- a legendary producer at Philadelphia International. A few years later Carlin Records set up co-writes with Rob Davis with whom many songs were written over the next 20 years. The first release was “Easy Promise to Break” issued by Champion Records - it became a radio hit. In the nineties things definitely started to pick up. In 1994, “Declare your Love” was recorded for London Records, and then mixed by a top dance remixer. Then, ‘T Green’, a London based artist, included two of Peter Wright’s songs on his album. As a result of working with London Records, he started co-writing with arranger/producer Ben Robins whose collaborators include Cliff Richards, Gabriel, Shola Ama, George Michael, Heather Small, Errol Brown, and more recently Katherine Jenkins. Wright then started writing for singers like Jonathon Wilkes, who was working with Robbie Williams. Since then he has worked on collaborations for greats such as Kylie Minogue. His song “Identify Yourself” was recorded by Shona Daley for Polydor. “Hypnotized,” a Rob Davis collaboration, was written for Paul Oakenfold’s forthcoming album “Bunkka.” Then “Imanation” , another Rob Davis co-write, hit no. 3 on the UK Club Chart. “Identify yourself” was placed in the top 400 songs in the world at the Unisong contest for 2002. This all lead to a Publishing deal with Nettwerk Songs Publishing, and Z Management in the UK whose roster includes Johnny Rokstar (Sugarbabes), Sly and Robbie (Grace Jones) amongst other greats. More recently he wrote with Sabrelle Breer who is a credited writer on Avril Lavigne’s “Let’s Go.” He has written with Alan Glass who is a writer for Aretha Franklin and Misteeq. His songs have been recorded by all types, from boy bands such as 24/7 to Russian artist Iris.