Local sound - Keeping it clean

March 14, 2006|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

The band's name comes from the phrase Insha Allah, Arabic for "If God wills it."

"We thought of the name after our dad came back from Iraq," said Inshalla's lead vocalist, Mychael Wright.

Mychael and his brother, Morgan, the band's drummer, said they weren't nervous for their father's life when he was sent to Iraq to cover the war. Their dad, Kelly Wright, is a reporter for Fox News Channel. He was sent to Iraq just before Saddam Hussein was captured, the boys said.

Just as it might have been God's will for their father to return months later, it was probably fate for the boys to practice music. Morgan is a drummer, just like his father. Mychael has been studying music since he was 5.

Mychael and Morgan are only part of the four-piece rock band, Inshalla.

The group is often pegged as a Christian band, though members say they'd rather to be thought of as mainstream. All four of the band's members are Christian.


"We don't talk about killing people, we have a positive message, we don't cuss, so I guess that's how we got that label," Mychael said.

Bassist and backup vocalist Michael Kozlowski said band members hope to evoke emotion through their music.

"I want people to feel the same way about our music as the stuff I listen to makes me feel," Kozlowski said.

About the band

Lead vocals, guitar: Mychael Wright, 18, of Hagerstown

Bass, back-up vocals: Michael Kozlowski, 19, of Hagerstown

Guitar, keyboard: Derek Kretzer, 18, of Smithsburg

Drums: Morgan Wright, 15, of Hagerstown

Genre: rock

Influences: The Receiving End of Sirens, Circa Survive and Thrice

Upcoming shows: Look out for their three-song EP, "The Distorted View of Man." Check the Web site for upcoming shows at

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