Young Musician Joins The Baltimore Times Staff

Wright on time for millennials

Ursula V. Battle | 10/5/2018, 6 a.m.
The 19-year-old has joined The Baltimore Times as a Staff Writer. Wright will be bringing a fresh perspective to the ...
Baltimore artist and performer, Imani Wj Wright has joined The Baltimore Times and will be writing news and entertainment articles and posting videos aimed at Millennials. Otto Photography

In the September 1, 2017 edition of The Baltimore Times, Staff Writer Stacy Brown penned an article about a talented young artist by the name of Imani Wj Wright. The article was entitled “Baltimore music maker inspired by his father and grandfather.”

In the article, Brown noted that Wright’s song “Consistency” had been “labeled as smooth and sultry, a down-tempo song that offers up an easy-going atmosphere— fusing a bit of nostalgia with something fresh.”

This description is also applicable to Wright’s newest endeavor. The 19-year-old has joined The Baltimore Times as a Staff Writer. Wright will be bringing a fresh perspective to the storied publication, which is in its 32nd year. Wright, who says he “loves to write,” says his work will be geared towards Millennials.

According to a U.S. Census Bureau Press Release released in 2015, Millennials are “America’s youth born between 1982 and 2000.” The release also noted that Millennials “numbered 83.1 million and represented one quarter of the nation’s population.” Wright’s debut piece for The Baltimore Times has been slated for the Friday, October 12, 2018 edition.

“When The Baltimore Times called me in for an interview, I was told they wanted me to hone in on the millennial base,” said Wright, chuckling as he recalled the suit he wore and the manicure he had done in preparation for the interview. “I was very excited. I knew such an opportunity would give me a chance to expand as a writer, and to expand my intellect.”

He added, “The Baltimore Times wanted an interviewer, writer, and someone who could do videos. It was the perfect opportunity. I stumbled across something I didn’t ask for and was not expecting. I am very grateful and happy because I have been in the paper, and I have admired the paper since I was 10 or 11 years old. This is an incredible feat.”

The Baltimore native excitedly talked about what readers can expect beneath his byline.

“Readers will get a very precise, creative and musical lingo,” said Wright. “I analyze tracks and songs from a very intricate level.”

Wright describes his own music as “R&B with the feeling of Rock & Roll, Jazz and Hip Hop. His touring schedule includes performances in Lancaster, PA and Tampa, FL.

In addition to his music and writing career, Wright is also the Founder and Co-owner of “SwanoDown,” a clothing store where his clothing line “SWANO Thinking” is sold. Wright runs the company with co-owner and best friend Lucas Ballard, who serves as President of Visual Affairs.

“Our company looks at creativity from a viewpoint that is outside of just art,” said Wright. “Our three main points are idealism, virtuosity and progression. We find different ways to hone in on those three things. We do it through writing, clothing, videos, and music.”

Wright is a graduate of Sudbrook Magnet Middle School where he says he studied music and learned how to play the saxophone. He went on to attend the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, where he was voted “Male Singer of the Year”. He credits Carver Center for Arts and Technology with getting his opera career started.