Mazy Wright started singing when she was 6 years old. Now a fifth-grader at Geneva Elementary School, Wright’s singing has become a passion.
Last year, she and a friend sang “All of Me” by John Legend at her fourth-grade teacher’s wedding and earlier Wright sang at a family wedding. She also sang alternating verses of the National Anthem with her father at a Bellingham High School homecoming in 2012.
“I love singing to express myself,” the 11-year-old says. That expression means she puts her own mark on songs – or as Wright says her father refers to it – “put my stank on it.”
So she says her toughest experience singing was with her school choir when she was required to sing “My Country Tis of Thee” without any flourishes or riffs. “I had to sing it straight,” she says.
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Singing isn’t unusual in the Wright household. Wright’s father, Mark, is also a singer and guitarist as well as a teacher and coach at Bellingham High School.
He says his daughter is “fearless” when performing.
“We thought we had this kind of sheepish, shy little girl and then she gets up and sings the anthem with me in front of 1,000 people,” he says.
As well as singing, Wright is also a soccer and basketball player in competitive leagues, keeping her schedule busy. Next year she hopes to try acting in school plays.
Still, singing will always be her first love. She says as part of Whatcom Girls Chorus she found herself in front of the Bellingham Ferry Terminal belting out the first few lines of “The Christmas Song.”
“I knew then that I wanted to sing,” she says.
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