burst onto the country scene with his number one debut single, “What Mattered Most.” This was the start of a stream of hits over the latter half of the 1990’s for the artist whose dark and handsome good looks combined with blistering vocals made him a huge hit with female country fans.Herndon chose made his debut on the country charts with the heartfelt hit single, “One Voice.” His first album drew critical acclaim and accolades including a Grammy nomination.
Starting with his 1999 debut album, Who Needs Pictures, he has released ten studio albums and a Christmas compilation on the Arista Nashville label, with all of his albums certified Gold or higher by the RIAA.
A teenage Wright landed a job at the Opryland theme park, where she imitated the top country singers of the day.
She fulfilled a lifelong dream in 1989, when she first performed at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry..
A new album on Vanguard Records produced by Rodney Crowell. What has surprised you the most about your coming out experience?
Chely Wright: I didn’t realize how many people would identify with my story.