SV: Rashaan Fuller-Wright

Create the perfect concert experience.

- Perfect concert? A mixture of George Duke, Kirk Whalum, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Lalah Hathaway...whether all at once or one after another; that would be heaven on Earth for me.

What is your favorite album to listen to, from beginning to end, without skipping any songs or interludes?

Well, I literally listen to Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper every single day, so right now, that would be it. Or “To Pimp A Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar.

You’ve recently begun adding spoken word, but you are more recognized for your skills as a saxophonist. Describe the relationship between the two.

Rashaan Fuller-Wright

The truth is, I’ve been doing spoken word since I was 14, but everyone here (in Lynchburg) knows me solely for music. I travel a lot performing both. A lot of my pieces are too controversial for this area, as I learned back in 2004, so I tend to do my most religious or spiritual pieces here. The saxophone allows me to speak the words that most people don’t want to hear, so I say it right to their souls through my instrument. Spoken word allows me to explore the deepest parts of myself that I would normally ignore without this art form.

Why is it so important for you to create?

- I would die without my music. I truly believe that. I went 3 years without playing a single note after playing at my grandmother’s funeral, years ago – the most depressing three years of my life. So I had to create to live, and vice versa.

What is the hardest thing about performing on-stage?

- Making sure that I convey my art in a relatable way would be the most difficult part about performing on stage. I know that may sound weird, but I don’t get nervous. I do worry about making sure people get something out of what I play or say, or else I feel it is in vain.

Using five words, tell us, what is Spencer’s Vanguard?

…realization of passion meeting purpose.