Wright was offered a slot touring with Lenny White when he was 13, and he played with Tom Browne at age 16. GRP Records signed him in 1981 and released his debut LP, 'Nard, tracks from which have been prominently sampled by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Skee-Lo among countless others. He followed with Funky Beat on Arista and Mr. Wright on EMI. The latter of these albums included his biggest R&B hit, "Who Do You Love" for which a video was made. Wright has also appeared on recordings by musicians such as Cameo, Bobby Brown, Pieces of a Dream, Charles Earland, Marcus Miller and Miles Davis.
Bernard Wright frequently sits in with the jazz players during The Amsterdam Bar's Bad Ass Jazz, every Monday night.