Edna Wright, the lead singer of the girl group Honey Cone, has died at the age of 76. Darlene Love, Edna Wright’s sister confirmed her of her death with a Facebook post on Saturday night on September 12. She stated that “she was in a complete shock” and downhearted by “the sudden loss of her baby sister”. She also urged her followers to keep her and her family in their prayers. As a backup singer, Edna worked for Ray Charles and The Righteous Brothers. Edna Wright also performed for a time under the moniker Sandy Wynns.
Edna Wright grew up in Los Angeles
According to Wright’s bio on All Music, Edna grew up in Los Angeles. She was a part of the music business before her association with Honey Cone. Edna’s first group was known as The Blossoms. The bio says that both Love and Wright started their journey by singing gospel music with the Church of God in Christ Singers but later switched completely to “secular” RnB.
In 1969 Edna Wright joined Honey Cone
In 1969 Edna joined Honey Cone alongside Shellie Clark and Carolyn Wills. Clark was previously a backup singer with Ike & Tina Turner. The group’s biggest hit was 1971’s “Want Ads.” The song was filled in by Taylor Dane in 1988. However, the group split in 1973 after a string of failed singles. Singing stand-in vocals for many artists Edna followed a solo career and released a solo album “Oops! Here I Go Again” in 1976. In contrast, Honey Cone was signed to the record label Hot Wax. In 1988, Edna Wright sang back-up vocals on U2’s single “Desire.”
Edna Wright shared a photo with RnB legend Martha Reeves
Among the most recent activity on Facebook, Edna Wright shared a photo with RnB legend Martha Reeves. One well-wisher paid tribute to Wright on the Honey Cone official Facebook page writing, “I love you so much my beautiful prayer partner Edna Wright, my heart is broken. You are so amazing and spirit-filled. You now rejoice with God! I will always Love you! REST QUEEN!”
Edna’s Father did not object to her career choice
In September 1971 Edna stated Jet magazine that her father was a clergyman at King’s Holiness Chapel in Los Angeles. Edna said that her father did not oppose her career choice since he believed that all music was “spiritual.” In the same interview, Edna Wright said that she still managed to spend time volunteering with children at a church. The book, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, has one section that details that in the 1960s. That section states that Wright met the disgraced producer, Phil Spector. Spector’s associate, Jack Nitzsche, produced Honey Cone’s early work.