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Michelle Wright Christmas concert in Detroit Lakes

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, are you ready to get into the holiday spirit? Michelle Wright is!

The award-winning country music artist brings her 2006 Christmas tour to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Friday, Dec. 1, for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

By her own estimation, Wright's fourth annual holiday tour will consist of "65 percent Christmas music." The other 35 percent will be comprised of some of the biggest hits of Wright's 16-year recording and performing career. She also promises "a couple of surprises for the audience."

Wright has won more than 30 music industry awards and has produced 25 Top 10 hits including the chart-topper "Take It Like a Man." Her Christmas stage show, underwritten by KDLM, Wild Country and TV3, will feature Wright's unique take on some old holiday favorites, many of which can be found on her 2005 holiday CD release, "A Wright Christmas."

"I have a pretty rocking country band," she said in a recent interview. "We come on stage with some pretty high energy, even though it's a Christmas show."

Though many of the tunes in Wright's show are familiar, she has tried "to put a little bit of my own spin on it."

"It's a fine line you walk in trying to change up traditional songs -- you don't want to change them too much."

Wright stuck with the original interpretation on some songs, such as "O Come All Ye Faithful," but also "funked it up a little bit" on some others, including a reggae arrangement of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

"It's just a really fun, contemporary Christmas country show that's fun for kids 'of all ages,'" Wright said. "It's really something we look forward to every year."

Though she's been a successful recording and performing artist since 1990, Wright never really considered doing a holiday tour until she was baptized into the Christian faith six years ago.

"I don't usually do anything unless it rings true for me, so doing this holiday tour became something I really wanted to do once I really embraced what Christmas represents," she said.

Take a song like "Joy To The World."

"Unless I really believed that ('Joy to the world, the Lord is come...') and understood it, I wasn't comfortable singing it," she said. "Now I just really enjoy celebrating the Christian point of view and certainly the family aspect of this time of year, when we all come together to enjoy the holidays."

Wright's Dec. 1 show at the Historic Holmes Theatre begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and can be purchased either at the theater box office, by phone at 218-844-SHOW (7469), or online at

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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