Chely Wright Says Coming Out Did Not Help Career
January 12, 2011 at 7:16 AM (PT)
Country artist CHELY WRIGHT, who came out as gay last MAY, has said she has received death threats and that her album sales have declined 50 percent, according to THE TENNESSEAN.
CHELY said: "(Coming out) didn't help my career … If it appears from the outside that it's helped my career, it could be because I haven't talked about the negative. You won't hear me (complaining) and moaning on my FACEBOOK about the hate mail I've gotten."
WRIGHT’s sales are down about two-thirds from her last studio album, which came out in 2005. Her current record, “Lifted Off the Ground,” has sold about 19,000 copies since its MAY release.
CHELY added: "I’m proud of who I am as a person. I have been known in Country music as one of the most revered, philanthropic, nice, hardworking, All-AMERICAN people that make records in NASHVILLE — and that counts for something. I wanted to use my voice and the way to do that was to make a grand declaration. I am a leader. When you are a natural leader and then you hide, it’s degrading and it does something to you and something snapped inside of me. I was just tired of not being a leader, and someone has to stand up."
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