Today in KC’s Music History: “Single White Female” Released

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Country singer Chely Wright’s fourth album, Single White Female, was released on May 18, 1999.

Single White Female is Wright’s best-selling album, and the title track was her first and only No. 1 single on the country charts.

Wright was born in Kansas City, Mo., and grew up in Wellsville, Kan., a town of about 2,000 in the southwestern edge of the KC metropolitan area. The summer before her senior year of high school, Wright performed at the Ozark Jubilee in Branson, Mo. After high school, she moved to Nashville and performed at the Opryland USA theme park before landing a record deal in 1993.

In addition to recording seven albums under her own name, Wright has written songs for Brad Paisley, Indigo Girls and Clay Walker.

Wright came out as a lesbian in May 2010. She has continued to record and published her autobiography, Like Me: Confessions Of A Heartland Country Singer, later that year.

She also was the subject of a documentary, Wish Me Away, that was released in Fall 2011. The film has won several awards on the festival circuit, and its official theatrical release starts June 1, according to Wright’s web site.

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