Nationwide — Among the most profound new literary entries to be released in 2016 is a bitter true to life tome from culturally conscious Rhythm & Blues legend Charles Wright, the singer/songwriter/guitarist best known for singing and composing ’70s soul smash “Express Yourself” still heard daily on radio, in movies and dozens of television commercials.
The multi-talented messenger has taken up his pen to complete the first in a planned series of autobiographies that details his painful early life stories as a southern Black man that miraculously brought himself from poverty to prosperity. The inaugural installment, Up From Where We’ve Come, is an up close and intimate telling of the Wright family’s backbreaking struggles as sharecroppers near Clarksdale, Mississippi through the ’40s and early ’50s. Written in the raw dialects of how Blacks and Whites communicated during that era, it’s a riveting insider’s glimpse into the realities of the times.
“Do we truly know the full extent of our history?” Write challenges. “I’m willing to bet that most of us do not have the slightest idea. Up From Where We’ve Come is the history of me as a child growing up in the cotton fields of Mississippi at a time few, except people such as myself, remember. It’s an intimate slice of America’s history.”
Here’s what people are saying about the book:
“Charles Wright is a gem and a real national treasure.” — “Little Richard” Pennyman
“…Charles Wright gets it right in this tell all memoir. It is heartbreaking, intriguing – I was drawn in as if I was there myself. A must read for all who understand what it means to ‘Express Yourself’.” –- Roland Bynum, KJLH-FM Radio Personality
“Beautiful! A wonderful introduction to a warm and interesting man – the words took me back to a time I never experienced but I felt as though I was there.” — Regina Womack (Wife of the late great Soul Music Legend Bobby Womack)
“A powerful read! It was my intention to read the book over a period of time but once I started I could not stop until I reached the final page. This brutally honest book has all of the ingredients for a compelling film.” — Andrea R. Garrison, Host – Online with Andrea
“Educational yet inspiring.” — David Humphrey
“His story is heartfelt and at times utterly chilling. There were times when I laughed out and others when I came close to tears. Whether you’re a Wright fan or not, it shines a light on the racial injustices that continue to plague our country. Exceptionally good book!” — Andrew Davis
“The author has this unique ability to blow my mind with his great imagination and the way he skillfully paints vivid pictures. This is one book you will not want to put down!” -– Bleuocéan
An important piece of history:
Up From Where We’ve Come is an important piece of history which every true American should seek to experience… especially those who are seeking the truth. Through his hindsight insights as an older/wiser man, Wright imparts knowledge, culture and context in each of the tome’s 56 chapters. Along with the struggle, there is the warmth of family and a love story that blossoms against all odds.
Up From Where We’ve Come emerges as a triumphant and highly unique literary statement from a man whose music has touched several generations.
“People who’ve read my book always say, ‘I simply could not put it down,’ proclaims Wright, “and for this, I am so very thankful”.