Chely Wright In recent years, Chely
In recent years, Chely Wright has reaped the creative and personal rewards of finally letting her guard down, of simply being herself. Last fall, the acclaimed singer-songwriter and LGBT activist released Santa Will Find You, a charming, thoughtfully nostalgic collection of original songs for the holiday season. Now comes Revival, out May 10, 2019, on Painted Red Music Group, distributed by MRI/Sony, an EP exploring the breadth of Wright’s life as a wife, mother, artist, daughter and friend.
Over the past decade—on projects like 2010’s Lifted Off the Ground, produced by Rodney Crowell, and 2016’s I Am the Rain, produced by Joe Henry—Wright had used her songwriting as a salve to soothe the emotional turmoil that accompanied her extraordinary journey from Nashville star to introspective storyteller. Revival is something different, a masterfully crafted dispatch from a thriving, dynamic life-in-progress. “The fractured state, the fissures that defined me—that was what my records were about, without my even knowing it,” Wright says. “I’m not as broken as I used to be. I can be so happy right now, and I can sing about being happy. Or I can have a lousy day and I can sing about that. Or I can talk about how hard marriage is. All that’s OK.”
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