Chely Wright Biography

25 October 1970, Wellesville, Kansas, USA. As a child the 90s country singer Chely Wright wanted to be a star and aged 11 she had her first band. When she was 18 she was working at Opryland USA in Nashville where she met songwriters and musicians. When times were tough, she would say, ‘This will be great when they do the movie of my life.’ She pestered producer Harold Shedd until he signed her and, with another producer Barry Beckett, she made the modern honky-tonk albumWoman In The Moon and charted with a revival of Harlan Howard’s ‘He’s A Good Ol’ Boy’. This album brought her immediate plaudits, including the Academy Of Country Music’s Best New Female Vocalist award. Despite this, the album’s sales were modest. She subsequently spent a year and a half on the road, playing with Alan Jackson, Confederate Railroad, Tim McGraw and Alabama. These experiences were condensed into the performances for her second album, Right In The Middle Of It, on which she changed producers, employing Ed Seay. As she told Billboard magazine prior to its release, ‘Instead of finding songs that were country and trying to make great records out of them, we tried to find great songs.’ The album was accompanied by a heavily promoted attendant single, ‘Listen To The Radio’. ‘The Last Supper’ finds a wife cooking the last meal for her cheating husband: ‘He’ll break the bread and drink his wine alone’ Wright disciplines herself to write in an office on Music Row and she says, ‘I’m not a great singer or a great poet, but I write some good songs.’ She finally made her breakthrough into the country mainstream with 1999’s Single White Female.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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