thumb|"Chely Wright" signs an autograph for Joe Dan Worley, a wounded Marine in Iraq during 2004
"Richelle Renee Wright" (born October 25, 1970), best known as "Chely Wright," is an American country music singer who released her debut album in 1994. Although she received an ACM award for Top New Female Vocalist that same year, none of her initial songs made any impact on the charts. She has also won a BMI award for a song she penned for country artist Clay Walker. In early 2005 she released her sixth album.
After releasing two unsuccessful albums through Mercury/Polygram (her debut and its follow-up in 1996), Wright had her first Top Twenty country hit in 1997 with the song "Shut Up and Drive," off her third album, ''Let Me In,'' which was released by MCA Nashville. In 1999 her fourth album, ''Single White Female,'' brought her several hit songs and her first gold album certification.
During the three-year gap before her next album, Wright collaborated with fellow country artist Brad Paisley on a duet entitled "Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife," which was written for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry. Paisley and Wright performed the so...