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In 1989, immediately after high school, she landed a position in a musical production at Opryland USA, a now-defunct theme park in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1993, Harold Shedd signed her to Mercury/Polygram, and her first album was released in 1994 on the Polydor label.After releasing two unsuccessful albums through Mercury/Polygram, Wright asked to be released from her contract and signed with MCA Nashville.Country singer Chely Wright married her girlfriend, Lauren Blitzer, on Saturday, with both wearing Jose Dias-designed white wedding gowns. Wright told People magazine that they opted for a deejay rather than a live group because "bands at weddings make me nervous." Chely Wright Says Coming Out Led to Death Threats The 'Single White Female' singer, 40, came out in May 2010 and met Blitzer -- a 30-year-old GLBT Civil Rights activist -- just two weeks later. While openly gay artists are nothing new in other genres, the world of country music is historically more socially conservative. The interfaith ceremony -- Wright is Christian while Blitzer is Jewish -- was attended by 200-plus guests at the home of Blitzer's aunt in Connecticut. "The benefit of being out is I get to have everything that everyone else has," she said.Just two weeks after coming out last year, country singer Chely Wright met her partner, Lauren Blitzer. Wright, 40, wed Blitzer, 30, a GLBT Civil Rights activist, at Blitzer s aunt s home in Connecticut. Crew Bridal, but opted out of wearing veils because, Wright told PEOPLE, “We like our hair too much!
As of May 2010, Wright's previous eight albums and 19 singles released had sold over 1,500,000 copies in the United States.From early childhood, she resolved to never confide her orientation to anyone or to pursue romantic relationships with women.The summer before her senior year of high school, she worked as a performing musician at the Ozark Jubilee, a long-running country music show in Branson, Missouri.The most immediate reaction to the announcement last Amy was to see sales of her records nose dive.'My record sales went directly in half,' she said on the pop culture blog Auto Straddle. I couldn't reach out to my friends and say I have a broken heart because they didn't even know I had a relationship.Wright has also escribed how she considered ending her life over the torment of keeping her sexuality a secret.'I spent every ounce of energy hiding the fact that I was gay,' she said.'And then I found myself without my partner because we broke up, and I looked around and realized everything I gained in material wealth meant nothing to me. And, I put a gun in my mouth.' Wright said she decided not to pull the trigger, and instead took action by being honest about her life.'I knew that if I had a gun in my mouth, I could imagine how many kids were sitting in their bedroom with a bottle of pills or on the verge in some other way,' she said.