Vermont blues singer Sandra Wright has died.
Wright passed away Monday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after suffering a brain embolism.
She was 61.
Sandra Wright lived in Ludlow, Vermont. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and had been singing since the age of four.
After spending a number of years performing in Nashville, she moved to Vermont in 1992, and in many circles was thought of as the state’s "blues diva".
Wright was known for her brassy vocals and passionate stage persona.
Terry Youk of Montpelier played in The Sandra Wright Band for six years.
(Youk) "When she performed, she really did connect with audiences…first of all I think she just had a joy in singing and music in general. And with such great musicians, she would just open up and shine. It’s a huge blow to the Vermont music audience as well as to the musicians who have played with Sandra all these years, and she will be missed."
Funeral services for Sandra Wright have not yet been announced.