From the islands of the Caribbean, the continent of Europe and back to America, the musical styling of Jo-El “Shoobie” Wright have entertained countless audiences around the world. Blessed with a rich, charismatic baritone which has been compared to Isaac Hayes, Barry White and Teddy Pendergrass, that moves the body and stirs the soul, Joel’s use of the love ballad to stir the passion of his female fans is only matched by his ability to make his audiences feel that they are a part of the show through his captivating stage presence,
Jo-El started singing at the age of five, at his local Church in Oakland, California. Since the mere age of ten, Jo-El has made the stage his second home, singing in night clubs and various other venues performing as a member of the band Young Generation. The following year, he was the lead vocalist for the band Santiago. For several years, the band was a mainstay in the southwest, touring Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi. In 1977, Jo-El joined the United States Army. While stationed at Fort Sill, OK, he worked on base with Logan Walker, the founder of the music, stage and production company on post called “Logan’s Run”. With Mr. Walker’s blessing, Jo-El and the band put on shows for GIs and civilians alike; complementing the band’s sound with special effects that helped set the mood. Performing under the name of the company, in 1979, upon being assigned to Fort Clayton, Panama, Jo-El formed the group Magic Star, with whom he performed throughout Central and South America until 1981. Returning home to Louisiana in 1981, Joel joined with keyboardist Chester Daigle and saxophonist Mike Kittling and together, they worked together for about four years. During this time, Joel was given the opportunity to perform in Germany, with American soldiers and dependents making the band. Although he had to deal with losing musicians to reassignments to other posts, he still managed to put on excellent shows for two and half years.
During his tenure, Jo-El (under the name of “Shoobie”) had the privilege of being the opening act for shows like Lakeside, Midnight Star, Margo White, Marvin Gaye, Marvin Sease, Shirley Murdock, Bobby Womack, Katie Webster, Freddy Jackson, Ramsey Lewis, War, and Denise LaSalle.
After moving to Nashville in 1992, Jo-El recorded two Gospel CDs (“God Is Here” in 1996 and Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” in 1997) under T.R. Jaye Records for the incomparable Ted Jarrett (writer). Since then, Jo-El has produced and co-produced artists like Charlene Harris (Independent), Dr. Nancy Baylis-Shepard (Independent) and Earl Gaines (T.R. Jaye Records). Since then, Jo-El has written and co-produced a variety of music from multiple genres; Gospel, Jazz, R&B and even commercial jingles. As a writer, Jo-El feels he has so much more to say a about life, love and the pursuit of happiness.
So, take the opportunity to here Jo-El Wright, whether it is Gospel or Soul, and be ready to have a good time!