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Chely Wright

Born: Oct 25, 1970

Birthplace: Kansas City

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Chely Wright

Date of Birth : Oct 25, 1970
Birth Place : Kansas City

Richell Rene "Chely" Wright is an American country music singer 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 a number one single, the title track, "Single White Female". Overall, Wright has released seven studio albums on various labels, and has charted more than fifteen singles on the country charts. As of May 2010, Wright's previous eight albums and 19 singles released had sold over 1,500,000 copies in the United States. In May 2010, Wright became one of the first major country music performers to publicly come out as lesbian. In television appearances and an autobiography, she cited among her reasons for publicizing her homosexuality a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding". She has written songs that have been recorded by Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, Indigo Girls, Mindy Smith and Clay Walker, among them Walker's top ten hit, "I Can't Sleep" that won her a BMI award.


  • Actor
  • Singer
  • Author
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Activist

Also known as

  • Rochelle Renee Wright
  • Richell Rene "Chely" Wright
  • Richell Rene Wright
  • Wright, Chely


  • Lauren Blitzer


  • Everett Joseph Wright
  • George Samuel Wright

Awards Won

  • Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year
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