Chely Wright: 2017
Chely Wright and "Sunday Supper" host John Platt (photo by Jeremy Rainer)
Kansas native Chely Wright traveled to Nashville with the dream of becoming a country music star and by 1995 was named ACM's Top New Female Vocalist. That was followed by 17 Top 10 country hits, but Chely put her success in jeopardy in 2010 when she became the first major country artist to come out as a lesbian.
Six years later, having moved to New York City, married a woman, and given birth to twins, Chely released a very personal album, I Am the Rain, produced by Joe Henry. She came to WFUV to candidly discuss her story and perform a couple of songs, including a cover of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is a Long Time."