Chely Wright

Born Oct 25, 1970

Richell Rene "Chely" Wright is an American country music artist and gay rights activist. On the strength of her debut album in 1994, the Academy of Country Music named her Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. Wright's first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with "Shut Up and Drive". Two years later, her fourth album yielded her first number one single, the title track, "Single White Female".… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Chely Wright.


1970 Birth Born on October 25, 1970.


1989 18 Years Old The summer before her senior year of high school, she worked as a performing musician at the Ozark Jubilee, a long-running country music show in Branson, Missouri. In 1989, immediately after high school, she landed a position in a musical production at Opryland USA, a now-defunct theme park in Nashville, Tennessee. … Read More


1993 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, Harold Shedd signed her to Mercury/Polygram, and her first album was released in 1994 on the Polydor label.
1994 - 1997 2 More Events
1999 28 Years Old In 1999, her fourth album, Single White Female, produced several hit songs and her first gold album certification.
2000 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, while touring with singer Brad Paisley, Wright and Paisley cowrote the duet "Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife", which they performed in their joint shows and at the Grand Ole Opry's 75th anniversary, televised by CBS. … Read More


Wright also joined Diamond Rio for a song on their One More Day album, as well as Paisley's Part II album, both released in 2001.
2003 32 Years Old 1 More Event
She also cowrote Clay Walker's 2003 top 10 single "I Can't Sleep".
In January 2004, she signed with a new independent label, Vivaton, and began preparation for a new album. … Read More
2005 34 Years Old Wright's sixth album, The Metropolitan Hotel, was released in February 2005 on Dualtone. … Read More
2008 37 Years Old Wright signed to Vanguard Records in 2008.
As of May 2010, Wright's previous eight albums and 19 singles released had sold over 1,500,000 copies in the United States.


2011 40 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 6, 2011, Wright announced her engagement to LGBT rights advocate Lauren Blitzer. The couple married on August 20, 2011, in a private ceremony on a country estate in Connecticut officiated by both a rabbi and a reverend. … Read More
2012 - 2014 3 More Events
2015 44 Years Old It raised $250,000, which will allow Wright to record and promote the album and to produce a music video to be released in 2015.
2016 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2016, Wright announced the release of her eighth studio album, I Am the Rain. … Read More
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