“We loved it and had a very great experience with our audience,” Wright said. “Burlington is a music town. People here like music, and they’re very responsive. Each time we played, we made these wonderful connections with the people here.”
She made a special connection with Lee Anderson, Radio Bean’s owner, who has been her husband the past year and a half.
After relocating full-time to Burlington, she and Shane Hardiman (keys) started putting together the first incarnation of the Indomitable Soul Band. The present configuration is Josh Weinstein (bass), Dan Ryan (drums), Jake Whitesell (saxophone) and Max Bronstein-Paritz (guitar).
“I just wanted to be able to use my voice and invoke all the talent when I heard Nina Simone or Odetta singing,” Wright said. “I knew I had that in me, and I wanted to share that with people. It’s like the primal cry. I knew I had this thing in me, the knack to really touch people with my voice.”
Loveful Heights was more harmony-based, introspective and ethereal.
“I just wanted to use my voice to sing in a bigger way. I wanted to try singing with a bigger band. I wanted to break in a genre of music still deep and about expression and the things we experience in life. I wanted to make people dance.”
The timing was right for Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band. A coveted Thursday residency slot opened up at Radio Bean.
“This spot had been very popular. People had always come to Thursday night to hear the jazz. We took that spot and built a good repertoire. Two years later, every Thursday, it’s absolutely jam-packed every time. Every week, I look into the crowd, I see different people I haven’t seen before. It’s a relatively small club. The capacity is 100. It creates this amazing experience, and you’re swept up into the sea of music,” Wright said.