Country music star Chely Wright is reportedly coming out the closet.The announcement will be later this week with the obligatory People cover, sources say.
"Wright has a book coming out this week as well -- it's called, Like Me. And she has a CD coming out too called Lifted Off the Ground. The 39-year-old singer scored a #1 country song back in 1999 with "Single White Female," when she was named Academy of Country Music new artist of the year. She has been romantically linked to a number of celebs, including Brad Paisley. This is a big deal in the country world. Chely is rolling the dice on her career ... it's unclear how traditionally-conservative country fans will react."
Wright's announcement will be another highly-orchestrated media strategy by Howard Bragman, the gay public relations guru who advised Chaz Bono, Lance Bass and others. In addition to the People cover, there will be appearances on The View, Larry King and others, sources tell R20. Sources tell R20 the liner notes for Wright's new CD will include a list of LGBT resources for gay youth, including GLSEN and Faith In America.
Wright has been absent from the scene for several years, but was the first entertainer to perform in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Bravo to Wright for coming out and good luck with her career. If there's anyone that needs to hear an inclusive message, its the country music/NASCAR audience. Watch Chely Wright perform "Single White Female" WHEN YOU JUMP ...