Baylor University student Savion Wright appreciated the opportunity to perform his music at Baylor Chapel services, but never thought that the exposure would bring him a band as well.
Wright, a 21-year-old senior majoring in medical humanities, performs at 9 p.m. Thursday at Common Grounds, 1123 S. Eighth St., with his four-piece band The Standard. Expect a program that crosses the lines of rock, pop and soul, and falls within the camp of adult alternative music, Wright said. They’ll be sharing a show with “The Voice” contestant Emily Earle.
It’s the latest musical expression for the Baylor student, who grew up with a musical family in Jasper, Texas, but found his multi-instrument prowess and songwriting blossoming during his university years.
Music was always near for Wright, the youngest of five, thanks to his father Douglas Wright Sr., longtime pastor of Jasper Circuit United Methodist Church, and his mother Rosalind. That musical interest grew roots when Wright served three years as his church’s music director, learned to play four instruments plus dabbling in three more, and taught himself the basics of music theory.
He continued to write music and play at Baylor, though he wasn’t a music major and didn’t see himself pursuing a career as a musician. That changed when Wright got the opportunity to perform his music at Baylor’s Chapel and other campus events. Not only did he get encouragement from students and faculty, but several in his audience contacted him about creating a band, which he did a little more than a year ago.
Turning Wright into more than a solo act are drummer Jake Cermak, bassist David Rosenbaum, guitarist Jeffrey Traylor and keyboardist/saxophonist Michael Incavo. They’ve been playing area gigs like Common Ground and causing Wright to reconfigure his post-graduation plans from additional schooling to performing from here to Dallas and Austin. His parents are on board, he said, and he tips his hat to his school. “Baylor made me break out as an artist,” he said.