Who is Guss Wright? This is an interesting question. If you ask 20 people you’d get 20 different answers and they’d all be correct. Born in Savannah Ga, fourth born of 9 siblings given the name Augustus Wright, Guss overcame the streets plagued with drugs, violence and poverty through his art and love of education and sports. He graduated from Robert W. Groves High School a member of the National Honor Society in 1998 and was voted by his classmates “Most talented” although he maintained a quiet demeanor.
Ironically very few people knew of his musical prowess unless they frequented the playgrounds at Forsyth Park and Kayton Homes Housing Projects where he annihilated rap freestyle challengers in battles in between pickup games. The most talented superlative was given because of his artistic ability in poetry, painting, sculpting and architectural drafting.
Guss Wright is a graduate of the Warrant Officer Advanced Course, the Basic Warrant Officer Course, the Basic and Advanced Terrain Analysis Courses and the basic Combat Engineering Course. He is a graduate of the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course and Primary Leadership Development Course. He is a graduate of Air Assault School and Army Recruiter School and a graduate of Wayland Baptist University.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), the Army Commendation Medal with (3OLC), the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2), the Overseas Ribbon and the Air Assault Badge. He has also been awarded the Army Superior Unit Award for leadership contributions post September 11 while assigned to the 65th Engineering Battalion, Schofield Barracks, HI.
His reunion with music began in 2001 when a group of bystanders heard him calling cadence, a military tradition, while running his troops up Cadet Sheridan in Hawaii. He was approached after the run and asked to come help out in a recording session in Pealridge by singing a vocal hook. He fell in love with the recording booth in that session and never stopped.
With a twist of R&B, “Vicarious” is a riveting interpretation of life around me albeit felt in my heart vicariously. I’m glad once again to have been blessed to share. This time shall I lend my instrument to other stories and not just mine? - Guss Wright