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Chely Wright

After several years of hard touring, Chely Wright broke through to become a chart-topping star on the contemporary country scene. Born Richelle Renee Wright in Kansas City in 1970, she grew up in the small town of Wellsville, KS, and fell in love with country music before she'd even started school. She took piano lessons starting at age four and began singing in groups at 11, also playing trumpet in her school band. At 14 she started performing in local clubs with a backing band called County Line, which featured her father on bass. The summer after her junior year of high school she performed in the long-running Ozark Jubilee show, and as a senior she successfully auditioned for a job impersonating female country stars at Nashville's Opryland theme park. She moved there permanently in 1989 and spent the next three years working at Opryland and an assortment of day jobs. Eventually, she landed a publishing deal on the strength of her songwriting, and a record contract with Mercury/Polydor followed.

Wright's debut album, Woman in the Moon, was released in 1994 and attracted positive notice from some critics and the country music community, earning her a Top New Female Vocalist award from the ACM. Unfortunately, neither it nor its follow-up, 1996's Right in the Middle of It, sold very well. Wright asked for her release from Polydor and moved over to MCA, where she had the opportunity to work with the commercially savvy producer Tony Brown. Though it wasn't a smash, Wright's 1997 label debut, Let Me In, did make the country Top 40 and gave the singer her first Top 20 hit in "Shut Up and Drive." Moreover, her constant touring was paying off in the form of a growing fan base, setting the stage for her breakthrough with 1999's Single White Female. The album's title track became Wright's first number one hit, and the following year she and Brad Paisley performed a duet on their co-composition "Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife." Her next album, Never Love You Enough, became her first to break the country Top Ten, and she reached the Top 30 with the title track and "Jezebel." In 2004, after leaving MCA, she released Everything, a collection of leftover session material not included on her previous releases, on her own Painted Red imprint. In 2005 Wright moved over to Dualtone for The Metropolitan Hotel. After a long tour, Wright took an extended break from recording, and finally re-emerged in 2010 with Lifted Off the Ground on Vanguard, as well as the written memoir Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer from Random House. In May of 2010, Ms. Wright came out as gay in a People Magazine profile on her album and autobiography. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Track List: Damn Liar (The Remixes) (Single)

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I love her. Such a free spirit. Not afraid to speak up for the weaken and broken. I pray to get a chance to work with such amazing woman and artists. I love you
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Chely is by far one of my top female country singers I listen daily....of course I have Chely Wright radio station, cant get enough of her...she's an amazing person...war m and caring, as her songs...
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llambert262
didn't she also marry her female partner? why isn't that in her bio?
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haven't heard Shut up and Drive in years, love this song
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soccergurl91 0 5
An inspiration to many!
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I Love Chely Wright!!! I hope I can see her sing Live on Day!! She is more than welcomed in Northern Cali Arcta, CA near the redwoods and Souther Cali Los Angeles <33333333333 3 3
I Love her film Wish me Away I saw it on Netflix <333
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@Katzmyth and YOUR album is where?
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bowker.sandr a
Great songs Me &my other have were togeter 4. 55 yrs until she pass last yr. Good 4u
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Great person, great Artist, great writer, and I am sure a GREAT MOM!
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Thank you, Pandora, for having such a great selection of Chely Wright music!
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New to her music, its inspiring no matter what life path you take. I am proud to be a lesbian.
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I love lesbians...I think I am one...
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Even I don't know her but hearing her song inspired me to stay strong and wait a Little longer to be free.♥
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coolmusiczon e _ 3 3
Your an awesome artist
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I hope she gets her career going again. Nashville has been an a** about her coming out.
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Chely Wright is awesome for an artist and what she has done with her life. She had great courgae to come out of the closet and fans have still stuck with her to this day!:)
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donna1brown
Chely Wright is one of THE best artists in Country Western music. She has a great voice and is such a sweet individual. I have been listening to her since her "Single White Female" album was released. I have been a loyal fan from that moment forward.
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bigredford99
I've followed Chely's career for a few years now, and this CD illustrates her evolution as a songwriter. Here's a collection of songs so personal, so real, and so visceral "Nashville" will never embrace them. She has talked recently about her truth; these songs offer a glimpse into her life and the events and feelings that generated the songs. I love Chely, and if mainstream country pushes her away, I hope all her new fans bring her even greater success.
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celleneperez
I absolutely adore her! Her book and coming out has inspired me in many ways. <3
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salegg
I'm a huge fan of Chely....I was lucky enough to see her peform live at an essentially acoustic concert in a small venue and I became an even bigger fan. She is so much more talented than her success indicates!!!
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katzmyth
SAME OLD POP 40 BUBBLEGUM THE NASHVILLE SCENE IS SO IN LOVE WITH THESE DAYS. WHERE ARE THE "BALLS" WITH THESE PERFORMERS, THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME?! THIS CHICK ESPECIALLY.

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