Richell Wright

Richell Wright

American country singer
Date of Birth: 25.10.1970
Country: USA

Biography of Chely Wright - An American Country Singer

Richell Rene "Chely" Wright was born on October 25, 1970, in Kansas. She grew up in a musically inclined family and started singing with local bands at the age of eleven. She even formed her own band called "County Line." Before finishing high school, Wright secured a job at the well-known country show, "Ozark Jubilee," in Branson, Missouri. Following her grandfather's advice, she auditioned and earned a spot at the music studio, "Opryland USA," in Nashville.

Richell Wright

While living in Nashville, Chely interned at various music studios and attended writing courses, honing her skills as a singer and songwriter. In 1992, she signed a contract with Harold Shedd, an agent from "Mercury/Polygram," and her debut album was released in 1994. Simultaneously, she pursued higher education at Middle Tennessee State University.

After two relatively unsuccessful albums, Wright parted ways with "Mercury/Polygram" and signed with "MCA Nashville." It was during this time that she achieved her first major hit with the song "Shut Up and Drive," which was included in her third album. In 1999, her fourth album was released and achieved gold certification.

During the process of working on her fifth album, Wright collaborated with fellow country singer Brad Paisley, and they recorded the duet "Hard to Be Husband, Hard to Be a Wife." The song was nominated for the "CMA" award for "Vocal Event of the Year." Wright also participated in the recording of one of Paisley's albums.

In 2001, Chely Wright was listed among the "50 Most Beautiful People" by People magazine. The same year, she was recognized by the National Association for Music Education (MENC). Shortly after, Wright released her first single from the fifth album, titled "Never Love You Enough." However, its release was delayed due to the events of September 11, 2001.

Throughout her career, Chely Wright has released seven studio albums and more than fifteen chart-topping singles. She has also written songs for artists such as Brad Paisley, Mindy Smith, and Clay Walker.