Chely Wright At Grand Ole Opry
Growing up in a musical family, singer/songwriter Chely Wright knew from a very young ago that she was destined to be a country music performer. As a toddler, Wright loved to sit on her great-grandmother’s lap to rest her own hands on her grandmother’s as she played piano. During her senior year of high school, Wright worked as a performing musician in the Ozark Jubilee, a country music show in Branson, Missouri. Then Wright moved to Nashville, performing in a musical show at the now-closed theme park Opryland USA.
In 1993, she got her big break with a recording contract with Mercury/Polygram. Subsequently, her first album, Woman in the Moon, was released the next year. Songs written by Wright have been performed by Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, Clay Walker, the Indigo Girls, and Mindy Smith. Her first Top 20 hit “Shut Up and Drive” didn’t come until the release of her third album, Let Me In. Wright's fourth album, Single White Female, was her breakout hit. The album is certified gold and its title track became a No. 1 hit. Many of her other songs achieved heavy play on country radio: “The Bumper of my SUV,” “Shut Up and Drive,” and “The Back of the Bottom Drawer.”