Country Singer — Chely Wright

Richell Rene “Chely” Wright, born 25 October 1970 (40 years) is an American country music singer. Although received the Academy of Country Music (ACM) as female vocalist award in the same year her debut, 1994, none of their songs had a significant impact on the charts. In 1997 enters the Top 40 for the first time with its “Shut Up and drive” and two years later achieved first place with “Single White Female”. Also has released seven albums with several record labels still more than 15 times in country lists.

He has also written songs for Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, Mindy Smith, Clay Walker, “I Can’t Sleep”. 4 May 2010 left his memoirs Like Me and a new album: Lifted Off the Ground. Until that time, Wright disks had sold over 975.000 United States copies of his career.

Personal life

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Wright spent his youth in the small village of Wellsville (Kansas). At age 11 he started singing with local bands and eventually created his own group called ‘County Line’. Before finishing his secondary education, he worked for Ozark Jubilee, a spectacle of country music performed in Branson, Missouri) long time ago. On the advice of his grandfather, it was presented to an audition and earned a place in a musical at Opryland USA, an amusement park. In 1992 he signed with Harold Shedd mercury / PolyGram. Their first album was released in 1994 on Polydor label.

May 3, 2010, becomes, in an interview in People magazine in the country singer first out of the closet. Chely Wright is the first country music singer person to come out of the closet. Since alternately lang, the first officially left her career in 1992 after its announcement.

Musical career

Commercial musician

After releasing two albums without success with the Mercury/Polygram label, Wright requested be fought his contract and later signed with MCA Nashville label. MCA had his first success in reaching the 20 most country music sold in 1997 with the song “Shut Up and drive” their third album Let me in, which was released by MCA Nashville. In 1999, her fourth album, single white female, gave some successes and his first gold record. While I was writing his next album, collaborated with Brad Paisley country artist into a Duet entitled ‘ Hard to be a husband, hard to be a wife ‘, wrote for the 75th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry. Paisley and Wright live sang the song in a special television program of the CBS and the song was released as part of the collection of special songs. The duo was subsequently nominated «Vocal event of the year» 35 Annual CMA Awards. Wright also sang with Diamond Rio album One More Day, as well as Paisley Part II album. Both were released in 2001. Wright also appeared in People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in 2001.

It was awarded by MENC in 2001 “Stand Up For Music” award. Later that same year, Wright released their first single from her fifth album, Never love you enough. The album was scheduled for September 11, 2001, but was delayed to 25 of the same month. Although Never love you enough debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Country Albums list, could not match the success of single white female.

In 2002 Wright won the ‘Fame’ MENC by his Reading, Writing and Rhythm Foundation Prize. That same year, was chosen number 93 among women 100 Sexiest 2002 and then the number 18 20 hottest women in music, in both cases, by FHM magazine. In 2003 was named “Woman of the year’ by the American Legion Auxiliary and «Kansas born of the year» by his career, his work in the charitable and its support for the armed forces of United States. He was also co-author of the success of Clay Walker, 2003 I can’t sleep ‘, came to be among the best selling singles 10.

Freelance artist

Chely Wright

In 2003 Wright broke MCA Nashville, after Never love you enough not sell what was expected. In January 2004 signed a new contract with the independent label Vivaton, starting the preparation of their new album. While it was released a music video for a song entitled “The back of the drawer bottom ‘, the album never edited. Wright announced separated from Vivaton in June 2004.

Sealless again, released a single in late 2004, although virtually only by Internet and several radio stations. The song, titled ‘ Bumper of my S.U.V. ‘, had been written by Wright as a result of an altercation with a furious woman who had observed the u.s. marines Wright wore on his rear bumper sticker. The success of ‘ Bumper of my S.U.V.», edited by own label Wright, Painted Red Music Group, followed by an EP entitled Everything. Disk included the songs “The back of the drawer bottom» and «Bumper of my S.U.V. ‘, along with four demos. The album sold exclusively on Wright (where he states that you released the album for their fans) page and retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy later marketed it on the various strings. The success of the EP led Wright to sign Dualtone Records label.

Wright sixth album titled The Metropolitan Hotel and was released on February 20, 2005 in seal Dualtone Records. CD included both “The back of the drawer bottom» as «Bumper of my S.U.V. ‘, along with other ten songs, most written by it or in collaboration. The album was produced in collaboration with his own company. Although it was not a commercial success of impact, debuted at number 18 Billboard country list (reached # 7 on the list of independent albums). The fourth single from The Metropolitan Hotel was ‘ C’est la vie (You never can tell)», a renamed version of the song by Chuck Berry «You never can tell.

Lifted off the ground

Wright signed with Vanguard Records in 2008. Released his seventh album Lifted off the ground 4 May 2010. The album was produced by Rodney Crowell, Grammy Award winner. All tracks on the album were written by Wright, with the exception of ‘ Heavenly days», wrote to Rodney Crowell. Announced that the first single will be ‘Broken’, which premiered on radio in April 2010.


Wright is the founder of the Reading, Writing and Rhythm Foundation. a foundation nonprofit that helps in music education in the United States with instruments and equipment. To obtain funds does a campaign each June in Nashville Wildhorse Saloon, before the celebration at the CMA Music Festival

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