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Meet Wright Gatewood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wright Gatewood.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
In 2015, I moved up to Chicago from Alabama in the middle of winter. I vividly remember dropping half of my clothes in murky-grey-mashed-potato-slush snow the moment I opened up the back of my rented U-haul. At that moment, I fell in love with this city (and learned to throw any OCD tendencies out the window). I lived right down the street from one of the homiest cafe’s in Chicago “Cup & Spoon” where I started singing monthly at their open mics. The singer-songwriter community here is small but strong and one of the most supportive communities I’ve come across. You can sing your darkest truths to this community and never feel a single ounce of shame or embarrassment for sharing. That right there is reason enough to continue making music in this city.

What else should we know about you and your work?
What I have loved about making music in Chicago has been the constant stimulation you get just by walking out of the house. I’ve maid my nest up in Rogers Park, with all the blank canvas floor space and windows I could dream of. But what really gets my mind racing is exploring the endless amount of neighborhoods Chicago has. You’ve got Boystown for all your “never leaving my twenties” dreams. Logan is that one-night-stand turned love affair you always needed. Lincoln Square, the nostalgic Taurus down the road that is just so freaking comfortable you’ll never leave… I draw inspiration from my environment constantly. The music I make is almost always where I am. Hopefully, if I’ve done my part, people can experience that when they listen.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
The biggest challenge, which also serves as a great strength for the music industry, is the vast pool of music we now swim in. So many voices can get lost in the shuffle. But at the same time, so many perspectives are being heard for the very first time. The 21st century is a crazy place to craft in, and I’m lucky enough to get to join the dance party.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have a brand new EP that is now available on all music streaming services as well as ye’ good ol’ fashioned compact disc for purchase on wrightgatewoodmusic.com. It’s the first volume in a series of three works that I’m calling “The Wayward Triptych” series. vol. 1: the city consists of a handful of first impressions I had of Chicago, as well as some fresh dates the Windy City and I shared this past winter. Daniel Robbins, a brilliant musician here, and I finished up on it this past January just in time for a winter release. I’ll be heading out east July 2 in support of the EP as well as playing Bands on Broadway here in Chicago on July 26 so come on out!

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