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Encyclopedia > Chely Wright
Chely Wright

Background information
Birth name Rochelle Renee Wright
Also known as Chely Wright
Born October 25, 1970 (1970-10-25) (age 37)
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, Flag of the United States USA
Genre(s) Country Music
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet
Years active 1994–Present
Label(s) Mercury Records
MCA Nashville Records
Dualtone Records
Associated
acts
Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Martina McBride
Website Chely Wright Official Site

Chely Wright (born Richel Renee Wright October 25, 1970 in Kansas City, Missouri), is an American Country Music singer, who released her debut album in 1994. Although she received an ACM award for Top New Female Vocalist that same year, none of her initial songs made any impact on the charts. She has also won a BMI award for a song she penned for country artist Clay Walker. In 1999, she released her fourth album; her biggest hit was the chart topper "Single White Female". Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 397 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2016 × 3040 pixel, file size: 3. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... The trumpet is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... MCA Nashville Records is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... Audrey Faith Perry McGraw, known professionally by her first married name Faith Hill (born September 21, 1967), is an American country singer, known for her commercial success as well as her marriage to fellow country singer Tim McGraw. ... Martina McBride (born Martina Mariea Schiff, July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas) is an American Grammy nominated country music singer-songwriter. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... This article is about the American country music singer. ...

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Rise to fame

She started singing in bands at age 11 and within a few years had formed her own band, County Line. The summer before her senior year in high school, she went to Branson, Mo., and landed a job in the Ozark Jubilee, the long-running country show whose alumni included Brenda Lee and Red Foley. At her grandfather's urging, she auditioned and won a job in a musical production at the Opryland theme park. She took her final exams a week early and moved to Nashville. While there, she interned and attended writers' nights, while honing her singing and songwriting. Harold Shedd (whose production credits include Alabama) signed her to Mercury/Polygram, and her first album was released in 1994 on the corporation's Polydor label.


After releasing two unsuccessful albums through Mercury/Polygram (her debut and its follow-up in 1996), Wright had her first Top Twenty country hit in 1997 with the song "Shut Up and Drive," off her third album, Let Me In, which was released by MCA Nashville. In 1999, her fourth album, Single White Female, brought her several hit songs and her first gold album certification. During the three-year gap before her next album, Wright collaborated with fellow country artist Brad Paisley on a duet entitled "Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife," which was written for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry. Paisley and Wright performed the song during a CBS television special and it was released as part of a collection of songs from that special. The duet was later nominated for Vocal Event Of The Year as part of the 35th Annual CMA Awards, but lost. Additionally, Wright joined with Diamond Rio for a song on their One More Day album, as well as Paisley's Part II album. Both were released in 2001. Chely was also featured in People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2001. She was ranked #93 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2002. In 2003, she was named "Woman of the Year" by the American Legion Auxiliary and "Kansan of the Year" for her career achievements, her charity work and her support of the U.S. armed forces. She was recognized by MENC in 2001 with its "Stand Up For Music Award" and in 2002, she was presented with their "Fame Award" for her with her Reading, Writing and Rhythm Foundation. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... See also: 1996 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic... MCA Nashville Records is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... This article is about the year. ... Brad Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American country music singer, and songwriter from Glen Dale, West Virginia. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Diamond Rio performing live This page is about the country band. ... Part II is the second album by American country music singer-songwriter Brad Paisley. ... FHM or For Him Magazine is an international monthly lads mag. ...


Recording Career

Chely Wright performs at the Maverick Saloon & Grill in Santa Maria, California.

On September 10, 2001, Wright was in Canada participating in the 2001 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAs). Along with several other country artists, including Cyndi Thomson, Wright was stranded in Canada following the September 11, 2001 attacks. In an odd twist, Wright's fifth album, Never Love You Enough, was originally supposed to be released on September 11 but was later pushed back to September 25. Although Never Love You Enough debuted at #4 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, it was unable to match the success of Single White Female. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Santa Maria is the largest city in Santa Barbara County, California. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) was founded in 1976 as the Academy of Country Music Entertainment to organize, promote and develop a Canadian country music industry. ... Cyndi Thomson is an American singer who had two hit singles before giving up the music industry. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...


In June 2002, Wright split with MCA Nashville. A year and a half later, in January 2004, she signed with a new independent label, Vivaton and began preparation for a new album. Although a music video was released for a song entitled "The Back of the Bottom Drawer," the album never materialized. Wright announced she was splitting with Vivaton in June 2004. Again without a label, she nevertheless released a single in late 2004, mostly through the Internet and various radio stations. The song, entitled "Bumper of My S.U.V.," was written by Wright in response to an altercation with an irate woman who noticed the United States Marine Corps bumper sticker on the back of Wright's car. "Bumper of My S.U.V.," spent 9 weeks at the #1 spot on Billboard's Country single sales chart and hit the top 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 single sales chart. MCA Nashville Records is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. ...


The narrator of the song has a bumper sticker on her car for the United States Marines and a woman gives her the finger for what she sees as the narrator's support for the Iraq war. The narrator explains that she has a brother in the Marines, a father who served in the Navy, and a grandfather who was wounded at Normandy in World War II. She says that she does not want war but values the military for their protection of American freedoms. The song is based on Wright's own family; she does have a brother currently in the Marines. Only weeks before the single started getting media attention Wright had signed with Dualtone Music Group, and announced the release of her sixth album in February 2005 (the same album that had earlier been completed for Vivaton). United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of World War I A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ... For other uses, see Normandy (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


The Metropolitan Hotel, Wright's sixth album, was finally released on February 22, 2005 on Dualtone Records. The CD included both "The Bumper of My S.U.V." and "Back of the Bottom Drawer," along with ten additional songs, most of which were written or co-written by Wright. The album itself was produced in conjunction with her own company. Although not a break-out commercial hit, debuting at #18 on Billboard's Top Country chart (it was #7 on the Top Independent Albums chart), The Metropolitan Hotel gained some critical praise, especially for "The River." People magazine rated the album as Critics Choice. The music video for the song, about a river that runs near her hometown of Wellsville called the Mardis De Cygnes, became popular on CMT. The fourth single released from The Metropolitan Hotel was "C'est La Vie (You Never Can Tell)", a re-titled cover of Chuck Berry's song "You Never Can Tell". is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... CMT can refer to: Cadmium Mercury Telluride Canal Metropolitano Televisión Catalog Management Table Certified Market Technician Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Childrens Musical Theatreworks of Fresno, California Chip Multi Threading Comision del Mercado de las Telecommunicaciones, the Spanish communications industry regulator. ... Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born 18 October 1926, St. ... You Never Can Tell is a rock song by Chuck Berry. ...


Currently, Chely is working on a new project with Grammy winning singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell producing. The new album is set for a 2008 release. Texas singer/songwriter, considered as a part of both the Alt Country and the mainstream Country music camps. ...


Charity

Chely Wright is the founder of Reading, Writing, and Rhythm Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the importance of musical education in America's schools and helps supply musical instruments and equipment.


A large fund raiser is held each year in June at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon, (just before CMA Music Festival). For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... The CMA Music Festival is steeped in more than three decades of tradition. ...


Awards

Academy of Country Music
Best New Female Vocalist 1995 (won)


CMT Flameworthy Awards Video Fashion Plate for "Jezebel" 2002 (won)


Discography

Albums

  • 1994 - Woman in the Moon
  • 1996 - Right in the Middle of It
  • 1997 - Let Me In
  • 1999 - Single White Female RIAA cert Gold
  • 2001 - Never Love You Enough
  • 2003 - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chely Wright
  • 2004 - Everything (non-label release, demo songs & DVD)
  • 2005 - The Metropolitan Hotel
  • 2007 - The Definitive Collection

Woman in the Moon was the début album by Chely Wright. ...

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Country US Hot 100
1994 "Till I Was Loved by You" 48 Woman in the Moon
1994 "He's a Good Ole Boy" 58 Woman in the Moon
1995 "Sea of Cowboy Hats" 56 Woman in the Moon
1995 "Till All Her Tears Are Dry"A Woman in the Moon
1995 "Listenin' to the Radio" 66 Right in the Middle of It
1996 "The Love That We Lost" 41 Right in the Middle of It
1997 "Shut Up and Drive" 14 112 Let Me In
1998 "I Already Do" 36 Let Me In
1998 "Just Another Heartache" 39 Let Me In
1999 "Single White Female" 1 36 Single White Female
2000 "It Was" 11 64 Single White Female
2000 "She Went Out for Cigarettes" 49 Single White Female
2000 "Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife" (w/ Brad Paisley) 68 Grand Ole Opry 75th Anniversary, Vol. 2
2001 "Never Love You Enough" 26 Never Love You Enough
2002 "Jezebel" 23 Never Love You Enough
2003 "Scary Old World" (Radney Foster w/ Chely Wright) 52 Another Way to Go (Radney Foster album)
2004 "The Bumper of My SUV" 54 The Metropolitan Hotel
2004 "Back of the Bottom Drawer" 40 The Metropolitan Hotel
2005 "The Bumper of My SUV" (re-release) 35 The Metropolitan Hotel
2005 "The River"A The Metropolitan Hotel
2005 "C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)"A The Metropolitan Hotel
  • AFailed to chart.

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See also: 1994 in country music, 1995 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // (as certified by Billboard magazine) 1 - No. ... See also: 1994 in country music, 1995 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // (as certified by Billboard magazine) 1 - No. ... See also: 1995 in country music, 1996 in music, other events of 1996, 1997 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // June 28 - First annual Country Stampede Music Festival begins October 6 – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are married, and quickly become country... See also: 1996 in country music, 1997 in music, other events of 1997, 1998 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events July 12 – The song, Its Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill becomes the first song in 20 years... Shut Up and Drive is a single, released in 1997 by American country music artist Chely Wright. ... See also: 1997 in country music, 1998 in music, other events of 1998, 1999 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // January 10 – Retro Country USA, a weekly two-hour syndicated radio program spotlighting major country hits of the 1980s (along with some... See also: 1997 in country music, 1998 in music, other events of 1998, 1999 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // January 10 – Retro Country USA, a weekly two-hour syndicated radio program spotlighting major country hits of the 1980s (along with some... See also: 1998 in country music, 1999 in music, other events of 1999, 2000 in country music, 1990s in music and the List of years in Country Music // March 6 – Legendary performer George Jones, in the midst of a comeback this year, is seriously injured when he crashed his Lexus... Single White Female is a single, released in 1999, by American country music artist Chely Wright. ... See also: 1999 in country music, 2000 in music, other events of 2000, 2001 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... See also: 1999 in country music, 2000 in music, other events of 2000, 2001 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... See also: 1999 in country music, 2000 in music, other events of 2000, 2001 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top Hits of the Year No. ... Brad Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American country music singer, and songwriter from Glen Dale, West Virginia. ... See also: 2000 in country music, 2001 in music, other events of 2001, 2002 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top hits of the year Number one hits (As certified by Billboard magazine) 1 - No. ... See also: 2001 in country music, 2002 in music, other events of 2002, 2003 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events November – Shania Twain returned with her fourth album, Up!. It opened at No. ... See also: 2002 in country music, 2003 in music, other events of 2003, 2004 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // March 10 – During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was ashamed the President... Radney Foster was born in Del Rio, TX in 1959. ... See also: 2003 in country music, 2004 in music, other events of 2004, 2005 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top hits of the year Number one hits (As certified by Billboard magazine) 1 – No. ... The Bumper of My SUV is a single, released in 2005, by American country music artist Chely Wright. ... See also: 2003 in country music, 2004 in music, other events of 2004, 2005 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // Events Top hits of the year Number one hits (As certified by Billboard magazine) 1 – No. ... See also: 2004 in country music, 2005 in music, other events of 2005, 2006 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // April 30 - Billboard magazine renames the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart Hot Country Songs. ... See also: 2004 in country music, 2005 in music, other events of 2005, 2006 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // April 30 - Billboard magazine renames the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart Hot Country Songs. ... See also: 2004 in country music, 2005 in music, other events of 2005, 2006 in country music, 2000s in music and the List of years in Country Music // April 30 - Billboard magazine renames the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart Hot Country Songs. ... You Never Can Tell is a rock song by Chuck Berry. ...

DVDs

  • 2004 - 20th Century Masters - The Best of Chely Wright (Music Videos)

A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film or video meant to present a visual representation of a popular music song. ...

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