Hey, it's me, Syd.
Hey, thanks for tuning in.
I’m an artist and songwriter here in Austin, Texas. I grew up in Snyder, a tiny town in the west Texas panhandle. By age 5, my mom had my three sisters and me signed up for piano lessons. All the ladies on Mommy's side can play. I remember the joy of finally being able to stretch my fingers to play a full octave, and the discovery of the elegant sustain pedal once my legs were long enough to reach. I learned to sing harmony from singing along with Mom at church. My dad played guitar and was most content in moments when we would all sing together. His favorites were bluegrass, hymns, and the Marshall Tucker Band. Music’s been all over my life since the start.
I got to finish high school and study Ethnomusicology at North Texas University. After that, I moved to Austin, the 'Live Music Capital of the World'. My work is creating, performing, and amplifying art as a solo artist and performer, sometimes DJ, and freelance live sound engineer mixing behind the sound board for my friends.
I released my first album, Seiche, in 2018, and followed it up with several singles and collaborations. I've recentyl released 'Fool's Gold', the first song for an EP I'm aiming to have out by this year. If you'd be into helping that happen, you can support my creations by subscribing to my Patreon page. You'll get full access to my entire musical archive for $5/month plus a feed of my creative play-by-play, new and old unreleased demos, and sneak-peeks of new releases.
West Texas-born Sydney Wright grew up learning and loving music, and she has cultivated a sound that is entirely her own. With a spectrum of influences ranging from early Coldplay, Kimbra, church hymns, and cultures of music that she studied for her UNT degree concentration in Ethnomusicology, it’s a wonder knowing she has said that most of her songs start out as country tunes. Drawing heavily from poly-rhythms, with loops of piano, guitar, beatbox and doo-wops, her performing skills are practiced and mesmerizing, with an impressive knack for creating and looping tracks during live performances. Even listening to just one song off her new debut album, her raw artistry, vulnerability and songwriting prowess speaks volumes. Followers of Sydney’s work are always braced to be surprised, as she has shown time and again that there’s more to her than meets the eye.
After studying piano and picking up the guitar at age 15, Wright quickly found herself writing and collaborating on breakup songs with her friends in high school. Creating songs was a way to connect with people that made her feel useful and heard. After graduating, Wright left home to study Ethnomusicology and live sound reinforcement. When she's not on stage, Wright is behind the console mixing performances as a live sound engineer. Her mastery of the physics of sound is apparent in her presence onstage and in the studio.
Since the success of her debut album ‘Seiche’, Sydney Wright has been hard at work, releasing new music that shows off a different side of the resilient crooner. “Tenderfoot” is a balls-out blues rock banger that features Sydney’s guitar skills as much as her voice. “DANGER,” on the other hand (recorded with Austin-based Columbian-funk band, Superfónicos) is a funky, rhythm driven dance song that features a gaita solo that would make Ron Burgundy blush. Her latest single-release, ‘Home’ is an ode to her upbringing in small-town Snyder, Texas, and to the ‘people and moments that make us feel like we belong.’ Her latest release ‘Fool’s Gold’ is a commentary on our social media highlight reels, the way they affect our perceptions of authenticity and superficiality, and it’s the first song from her forthcoming EP!
With this wide variety of exciting material coming at us so fast, followers of Sydney Wright’s work are braced to be surprised. I think that’s just how she likes it, as she has shown time and again that there’s more to her than meets the eye.