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Syreeta Wright (August 3, 1946 – July 6, 2004), who recorded professionally under the single name Syreeta, was a singer-songwriter active from the 1960s until her death. She is considered one of the most underrated R&B vocalists to emerge out of the 1970s Motown scene.

Born Syreeta Wright in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Syreeta was working in the ’60s as a Motown secretary when she was enlisted as a backup singer. Founder Berry Gordy later signed her to the label and she recorded a Brian Holland/Ashford & Simpson tune initially meant for Diana Ross, “I Can’t Give Back the Love I Feel for You.”

Wright married Stevie Wonder on September 14, 1970, and although they were divorced just 18 months later, their professional collaboration as songwriters spawned a series of hits, including “If You Really Love Me,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” and The Spinners’ “It’s a Shame.”

She released her first Wonder-produced Motown album, the critically acclaimed Syreeta, under the MoWest imprint in 1972. Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta, which musically depicted their relationship from love/marriage to divorce/enduring friendship, was released in 1974. The titles peaked at No. 185 and No. 116, respectively, on Billboard album chart. Her singles include “Spinnin’ and Spinnin’” and “Your Kiss Is Sweet.”

Her best showing on the chart came with 1980’s simply titled Syreeta, released on Motown’s Tamla imprint, which reached No. 73. The duet with Billy Preston, “With You I’m Born Again,” originally appeared on that year’s soundtrack to the Paramount movie Fast Break. The track reached No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart in 1980.

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  • UnfortunatelyGr

    I'd love to see The Spell on CD. Motown's reissue department still acting as if Stevie, Marvin, the Supremes and the J5 was all they did...

    14 Jan 10:44pm Reply
  • DickBigems

    That sequence of songs at the end of Stevie Presents Syreeta Wright is better than what most R&B artists could hope to come up with in their entire careers.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Akayz7

    The "Stevie Presents" record is absolutely superb. Truly a gem in soul music.

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Ksimi

    I am so glad that "Syreeta" (1980) had finally been re-issued on CD

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Chojraak

    "To Know You is To Love You" is great!

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SilverLining147

    I've been listening to Jeff's " 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers" and not so long ago I found out that it is a cover of such a beautiful song. Unusual voice she had :)

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • KinomiyaMichiru

    Such a beauty,and her remake of "She's Leaving Home" was nice.

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • winterkiss

    wow, her voice is indescribable! definitely a gem

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • wendell3

    Syreeta we hardly knew ye.

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • RadioAndii

    another one of my favourite vocalists of all time

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • L8yBejbi

    plushy cheetah, it's syreeta [!] i like her.

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • PFE2008

    Her voice is so calming : )

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    And she is the woman singing "Come Back As A Flower" one of the most wonderful Stevie Wonder tunes...

    5 Oct 2008 Reply
  • KeKeReppinJerZ

    She has such a beautiful voice. I didn't know she was the woman singing with Stevie Wonder on If You Really Love Me.

    12 Feb 2008 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    RIP Syreeta. Beautiful voice!

    9 Jul 2007 Reply

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