"That's how I was with the country music artists that I liked.
Then I saw myself start to cry, and I knew: I’m not gonna do this. So I stopped praying for a plan to magically make my gayness and my career intersect; instead I prayed for a moment of peace. So I thought I’d throw them off with antigay sentiments. I remember seeing Ricky Martin being interviewed by Barbara Walters.
I was looking in the mirror thinking, “Why am I not crying? ” I thought of sunlight on my skin, of my dogs, of my ex, of music. I chose boys I really enjoyed hanging out with-somebody that I thought, “If I have to go without love, I’ll just be with them and hopefully they won’t want to have sex.” My first sexual relationship was with a woman when I was at Middle Tennessee State University. There were gay boys at Opryland, and I thought there might be something they could identify in me. It became obvious that, holy cow, what will I say about these songs?
Even through being closeted, when I sang ' Single White Female'…
I'm trying to tell a great story.", called "The Last Supper," about a woman who prepares one final meal for her husband before she walks out on him.
"It was the sixth most successful music campaign in Kickstarter's history and the Number One most successful campaign in country music in Kickstarter history.
I say that, really, to just brag on my fans and the enthusiasm they have."Still, Wright had plenty to wonder about when it came to the last four years of her life.
Soliciting donations from her loyal fan base not only guarantees contributors a copy of the record once it's available, but it also means Wright is able to properly promote the album upon its release, effectively becoming her very own record label.
It's a method that allowed Jo Dee Messina, one of Wright's country contemporaries, to release her own most recent album, .
I was blown away."And, as it turns out, "reduced to tears on a daily basis," by the number of private notes people sent to her not only to thank her for the support her book and film had offered them in their own coming-out experiences but also to reconnect with a favorite artist."Some of them were letters [about coming out] but some of them were, ' I saw you in Albuquerque in 1998' or, ' I talked to you in a truck stop in Arizona in '96.' These were letters from fans who know who I am and they still want a record from me.
It was pretty great."With about half of the record already written, Wright looks to mid-2015 as the potential release date for the new project. I want to be an artist that can be 60 years old sitting on stage at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame telling stories and singing songs that would be appropriate for a 60-year-old woman.
But Wright also had a secret that was tearing her up: She’s gay. After we broke up, I realized I would give it all back if I could just live in some awful little apartment with her.