From the office of Rep. Joseph Cao:
Washington, DC – Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao honored the life of Marva Wright, Louisiana’s own Blues Queen who passed away yesterday due to complications from two strokes she had suffered last year.
Cao said: “It is a tragic loss for the citizens of New Orleans and Louisiana. Her music had a positive influence on many New Orleanians by lifting the morale of my constituents still in the process of rebuilding their lives and homes. My thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Wright’s family and those who mourn her loss.”
Cao added: “Her music portrayed life- my life and everybody in New Orleans’ lives. Powerful and beautiful, it reminded us of the beauty and history of the music embedded in our city’s culture.”
Marva Wright, also known as the Blues Queen of Louisiana, was known for her dynamic and gospel-rooted voice. While she did not sing professionally until 40 years of age, Marva became famous for her specialized genre of “bluesiana” numbers.
If I may, let me add my own word of respect to Ms. Wright. She may not be familiar to a national audience, but she should be. She had the deepest, most expressive, most rollicking voice you’ll ever hear. She was full of the right sort of spunk, the spunk of a great big woman with what surely was a great big heart. Her death is a great loss for music, for New Orleans, and for the very soul of life. R.I.P.