Chely Wright

Chely Wright

American singer and country musician
Date of Birth: 25.10.1970
Country: USA

Biography of Chely Wright

Richell Rene 'Chely' Wright, an American singer and country musician, was born on October 25, 1970, in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in a musical family in the small town of Wellsville, with a population of less than 2000 people. At the age of 11, Chely became a professional pianist and singer, and from 7th to 12th grade, she was appointed as a bugler for the local chapter of the American Legion, playing at veterans' funerals.

Chely Wright

In her autobiography, Chely reveals that she realized she was a lesbian, or as she put it, a "gay woman" or "homosexual," at the age of 8. In the third grade, she fell in love with her teacher. However, listening to church sermons condemning homosexuality, she became horrified by her feelings towards someone of the same sex and prayed daily for God to remove these thoughts from her.

Chely Wright

Chely decided never to reveal her secret, fearing that it could negatively impact her music career and prevent her from having romantic relationships with women. After releasing two unsuccessful albums on the Mercury/Polygram label, she left the company and signed a contract with MCA Nashville. In 1997, her first hit, the song "Shut Up and Drive," was released, and in 1999, her album "Single White Female" achieved gold status.

Chely Wright

In 2001, Chely planned to release her first single from her fifth studio album, "Never Love You Enough," on September 11. However, due to the attack on the World Trade Center, the release was postponed to September 25. Although "Never Love You Enough" debuted at number four on the Billboard country album chart, it did not surpass the success of "Single White Female."

Chely Wright

In 2008, Chely signed a contract with Vanguard Records. She released her seventh album, "Lifted Off the Ground," on May 4, 2010, which was produced by Grammy winner Rodney Crowell. All the tracks on the album were written by Chely herself, except for "Heavenly Days," which was co-written with Crowell. The first single from the album, "Broken," was released on radio in April 2010.

Despite her resolution not to engage in intimate relationships with individuals of the same sex, Chely had already been in relationships with two women by the time she turned 30. At 19, she had her first sexual experience with a girl, recalling in her autobiography, "It was the first time a girl's body pressed against mine." They had a romantic relationship for almost a year. From 1993 to 2004, Chely was in a relationship with a woman she called the "love of her life," whom she met after signing her first record deal.

Eventually, Chely rejected the belief that being a lesbian was immoral and unnatural, stating, "I hear the word 'tolerance' thrown around, which tries to instill some tolerance for gay people. I'm not satisfied with that approach. I'm a lesbian, and I'm not looking for 'tolerance.' Tolerance is for toothaches, rush hour traffic, or an annoying neighbor's noisy fence. I'm not negative, so don't tolerate me."

In 2003, Chely was named "Woman of the Year" by the non-profit organization American Legion Auxiliary, and in 2010, she was included in the "100 People of the Year" list by Out magazine. As an actress, Chely made her debut on the big screen in the Disney family comedy "Max Keeble's Big Move" in 2001, where she played Max's cool teacher, Mrs. Styles.

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