Country music star Chely Wright comes out

Apparently it is the season for celebrity coming out, after Jennifer Knapp and Ricky Martin, now another music star, this time from the country genre, Chely Wright announced she is a lesbian on Monday. Wright has a new album and memoir being released today.
Via People:

“Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out,” she says.
Wright, 39, recalls of her youth in the South: “I don’t have a memory in my life that doesn’t include the dream of making music.” But during her childhood and rapid ascent to fame in the county world, she also experienced a community in which homosexuality was shunned. “I hid everything for my music,” says Wright.

The video of one of the better known songs, Shut Up and Drive, is after the jump.

Lyrics available here.

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  • Comrade Kevin

    Yep. Country music is an anomaly in the industry. In it one is expected to be conservative and Republican, where in any other genre, liberal and Democratic seems to be the default. Country music, of course, reflects the sentiment of the audience and the region where it is most popular.
    I applaud her for stepping out of the closet in what must be the toughest place to be out in the country, in my opinion. She could have easily been out quietly and been an open secret, but she chose to go public.
    And as for her now-defunct relationship with a male fellow recording artist who was unaware of her true sexual orientation, I know this must be a difficult event for the both of them. I’ve been in his position before and with it comes a process of grieving that is inevitable and necessary, but also very painful.

  • augusta.marian

    Yes! Magical is beautiful! So happy for her.
    “If I had one wish, it would just be this: that I could take you to my soul and show you all the love there is. This never-ending sea, deep inside of me..” –Chely Wright

  • augusta.marian

    Also, I’d love to hear her sing about non-heterosexual relationships. Go Chely!
    That would be a grand moment for the mainstream country music world!

  • Nicole

    I think that the Dixie Chicks incident demonstrated that a large fraction of the country music fan base is not ready to accept a singer who lives a life that is contrary to a deeply conservative worldview. (Not all country music fans think this way, of course, but I digress.) This is a very brave move for Wright – moreso than it would be if she were a singer in a different genre of music.
    Congratulations, Chely Wright!