She took her final exams a week early and moved to Nashville.But she never forgot her roots - especially when sourcing her songs.Her stone country entree was a salient signpost to an 11-year recording career famed for her assertive, evocative relationship songs written from personal experiences.Chely, whose songs have also been covered by peers diverse as Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, Clay Walker and a brace of European acts, survived perennial label failures.First it was her parents' divorce that produced her evocative hit Picket Fences and then it was estrangement from her mum for Between A Mother And A Child.And, it was her Marine brother Chris who sent her a sticker that incited the road rage that prompted her comeback hit, The Bumper Of My SUV.
"I recently did a promo tour on the west coast and has two hours sleep a night but still found myself jotting down ideas and calling them into my voice mail.Those hurdles include record company takeovers and closures that limited her album output to six in 11 years.And although the hours were long and wages low in her first two years in Music City her persistence was rewarded.I have melodies and hooks I have been saving for over a year.I hit 9 and save them."Wright was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but grew up in rural Wellsville where the family sang for their supper.You'll recall embryonic cuts of songs such as He's A Good Old Boy, Alligator Purse and Sea Of Cowboy Hats.And, of course, her chart toppers Single White Female, Shut Up And Drive and other much requested tunes such as She Went Out For Cigarettes.It enabled the singer to set up independent recording and publishing company Painted Red Music and ensure creative control by producing her new disc unfettered by music politics.The birth of Wright's recording career coincided with that of Nu Country FM and her music was a staple of the maverick station that morphed into Nu Country TV.Co-host Gayle King said, “Your documentary took my heart and ripped it out a couple of times,” before asking Wright: “You seem to have regrets about how you handled [dating Brad Paisley]. And I do regret those men that I dated that I could never reciprocate the love and affection that they had for me. And there's a particular cruelty in that.” “He is a good person but I was too afraid to tell him,” she added.Do you have regrets and have you made amends with him? (Watch the entire segment at CBS.) Wright, who married her wife Lauren Blitzer-Wright in Connecticut last year, earlier this year opened her Like Me non-profit's first gay community center in Kansas City.