Soul music legend Charles Wright pens a powerful autobiography about his life growing up as share cropper. The singer\/songwriter\/guitarist best known for singing and composing \u201970s soul smash \u201cExpress Yourself\u201d still heard daily on radio, in movies and dozens of television commercials. You may recognize song being sampled in N.W.A's song "Express Yourself". The multi-talented messenger has taken up his pen to complete the first in a planned series of autobiographies that detail his profound life story as a southern Black man that miraculously brought himself from the bottom of poverty to the American dream of prosperity. The inaugural installment is \u201cUp From Where We\u2019ve Come,\u201d an up-close and intimate telling of the Wright family\u2019s profound struggles as sharecroppers near Clarksdale, Mississippi through the 1940s, it\u2019s a riveting insider\u2019s glimpse into the realities of the times. \u201cDo we truly know the full extent of our history?\u201d Write challenges. \u201cI\u2019m willing to bet that most of us do not have the slightest idea. Up From Where We\u2019ve Come is the history of me as a child growing up in the cotton fields of Mississippi at a time few, except people such as myself, remember. It\u2019s an intimate slice of America\u2019s history.\u201d The reader will meet Wright's family struggling to make ends meet in the deep South. His father, loving mother, his young brothers, sisters and cousins, and two different White land owners that overworked and underpaid them all. But this is the nature of what share croppers endured. Charles Wright leaned on music to escape the horrors of this new form of slavery. \u201cI wanted to reveal just how thin the line between sharecropping and slavery really was. It\u2019s important to me because I spent a significant part of my life under that regime. I started writing this book 40 years ago. It\u2019s something \u2013 given the right circumstance \u2013 I wish I could have shared long ago...But now is the optimal time because discrimination never went away. Racism simply vaulted to a whole \u2019nother level. Honestly, in some cases, I\u2019d take the way it used to be over what it is today. The process of systematic racial elimination is extremely ugly to me. I can see it so clearly. I need others to see it, too. So I\u2019m expressing myself.\u201d Charles Wright is a world-renowned musician and songwriter best known as the leader of the \u201960s-founded Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and for recording the enduring 1971 classic \u201cExpress Yourself \u201d (#3 R&B, #12 Pop \u2013 Billboard). The ensemble also recorded the classics \u201cLoveland \u201d (sung by drummer James Gadson who became an ace session musician in Los Angeles), \u201cDo Your Thing \u201d (featuring lead guitarist Al McKay who went on to become a star member of Earth Wind & Fire) and the racial equality anthem \u201cComment\u201d (also recorded by jazz legend Les McCann, alternative rockers Wilco and others). The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band also worked closely with Bill Cosby in its infancy as his backup band for a music album (Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings \u2013 1967) leading to The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band becoming the first R&B act to succeed on Warner Brothers Records with its self-titled debut LP the same year. Wright still records Doo Wop, Blues, Soul, Pop and Funk music \u2013 now on his own label, A Million $ Worth of Memories Records. His latest CD is Let\u2019s Make Love Tonight. He also has a forthcoming CD, tentatively titled Be Careful What You Wish For, featuring the already released first single, \u201cLookin\u2019 For An Ugly Woman! \u201d His company slogan: \u201cTrue Soul Music Made By Human Beings, Not By Machines.\u201d Also among his new recordings is a remix of \u201cExpress Yourself,\u201d this time tied-in with a cell phone app. Charles Wright has come a long way.