ALEXANDRIA — When Vonnie Wright sings of a perfect place where she sees relatives who have passed away, she is speaking from the heart about years of loss.
She sings of that place in “This Must Be Heaven,” one of 12 songs on her debut solo CD, the self-titled “Vonnie!”
She sings, “A new day has dawned. There’s no doubt or worry, no fretting or fear and all of my friends and family are here.”
The song was written by her husband, Woody, following the death of her mother, Maria Furnish, in 2011.
Vonnie was recovering from the grief of losing husband Dan Gaither in 2001 when her father passed away in 2003. Her brother, Jeffrey Furnish, died in 2010.
Many of the songs on her CD were ready to record before her brother’s passing.
“We put all of that on hold to get through that part of life,” said Vonnie from her Alexandria home.
A number of the tunes — “What Good are Love Songs” by Woody Wright and Gloria Gaither and “Life’s a Song” by Terri Hendrix — underscore Vonnie’s love for music. For example, in “Life’s a Song,” she sings, “Life’s a song that never ends, pass it on to sons and daughters and it starts all over again.”
She said, “‘Life is a Song’ is just about life, how it starts all over again. Something has ended and something has begun.”
The second tune on the disc, “What Good Are Love Songs,” is based on biblical passage from Ezekiel 33:31. In part, the passage reads, “And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.”