August 23, 2018
Martha Blankenship Wright ’53
of Asheville was hesitant at first when her son, J. Douglas Wright, asked her to
be the featured soprano on a song he had written. “Are you sure?” she asked. She had
sung professionally and was the headliner for a Charlotte-based music show, “Kitty
Wright and the Southern Playboys,” after graduating from WCU, but that was some years
ago. Nevertheless, her son prevailed. He is a singer-songwriter who has won top prizes
from the International Music and Entertainment Association in the Christian music
category. His song, “Mama’s Faith,” was so well received when released that it reached
No. 1 on the Christian Radio Chart, and Martha Wright, 86, will be featured again
on an album to be released later this year.
She traces her love for music to her years at Western Carolina College, as the university
was known at the time. A former May Queen, she sang in the choir at Cullowhee Baptist
Church, where she met her husband, B.T. Wright ’54. The couple taught in schools in Gaston, Polk and Buncombe counties during their
long careers as educators. She was the business education teacher at Reynolds High
School for many years. Her daughter, Constance Wright Nihart MAEd ’00, and granddaughter, Tracy Wright ’09, also are WCU graduates.