Chely hasn't been a star since 2003 or so. I haven't even heard much about her in the past 5 years. I liked her music though, it was a pity her popularity waned the way it did.
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And here I thought Kenny Chesney had found another way to promote his new DVD
So much for the buzz that it was a major Hollywood action star... color me unphased.
She had one big hit and that's it. Yes I used to listen to her when it was on the radio but she hasn't been that popular. I am a bit surprised that she is lesbian.. She looks very feminine.. I always thought Wynonna was lesbian.
Is Kenny Chesney really gay?
I have all of Chely Wright's CD's. She's made some of the best music in the last 10 to 15 years (her last release was 2005's "The Metropolitan Hotel"). My top five Chely songs:
Chely Wright - I Already Do
Chely Wright - Shut Up And Drive
Chely Wright - Jezebel
Chely Wright - Single White Female
Chely Wright - It Was
I knew it would be a nobody who needed the attention! Disappointed but I knew better...
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
Desperate actions for a washed up career? What some people will sell their souls for.
Without fear you cannot find courage
Interesting the names that were being discussed In the rumour mill before the news was confirmed- namely, Shelby Lynne and Teri Clark
Newsweek has a good interview with her. http://www.newsweek.com/id/237409
The five reasons she gave for coming out are quite compelling, and they show what gay people have to struggle with on a daily basis. Some straight people have no idea, as some of the comments in this thread clearly show.
I'm really happy for her, I hope more people will decide to live openly and it not longer will be considered newsworthy. It'll be normal.1. "I had a gun in my mouth. That's the most compelling reason. I was going to kill myself. In early 2006, during my breakdown, during a time I couldn't connect the dots, I took inventory of my life. I had been and always was a lesbian; I always knew it. I had always been hostage by my secret. [...]
5. "The day I decided to come out, I slept for the first time like a baby. I feel incredible. I'm so glad I titled my album Lifted Off the Ground. I really do feel lifted off the ground. I have no secret now. I feel like I'm floating. I'm so proud to be standing where I am today. This 24 hours of freedom—if everybody could feel it, I would bottle it up and FedEx it anyone on the planet."
Good for her for feeling comfortable enough to come out, but had she ever heard of K.D. Lang? Chely is not the groundbreaker.
Anyway, I don't think Chely wanted to be considered "groundbreaker" of any kind. Even if she wasn't technically first, it doesn't change the fact that country music it's still a very unwelcoming place for openly gay singers.
But the times are changing. Even Christian music singers are coming out (Jennifer Knapp)
Good for Chely, whether she's a trailblazer or not. That takes serious courage.
Because she was running around in cut-off cowboy boots and thrift-store cowgirl outfits, kind of making fun of the whole country girl singer idea, the country establishment wanted *nothing* to do with her (and this was long before she was officially out). Her audiences were mostly hipsters who didn't mind listening to country songs - especially kind of punked up ones - but who would never go to a real country show or buy a real country album.
If she didn't have such an amazing voice and hadn't done some incredible versions of country standards - and hadn't evolved past the punk-cowgirl thing - the country establishment would still be staying far away from her IMHO.....