Wednesday, July 6, 2016
– Chely Wright announced Wednesday she would release her first album in more than five years.
"I Am the Rain" will be out Sept. 9 on MRI/Sony. "What About Your Heart" is the first track being released from the set. Wright will stage a headlining tour to support the release.
Videos combining studio footage and artist commentary are currently in production and will be released track by track via Wright's official YouTube channel and all social media leading up to and after the album street date.
Wright's eighth studio album was funded in large part by a Kickstarter campaign. The album was recorded last September at Los Angeles' Sunset Sound studio with Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Carolina Chocolate Drops) at the helm, backed by engineer/mixer Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, Aimee Mann), guitarists Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Ani DiFranco) and Mark Goldenberg (Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne), bassist David Piltch (Madeleine Peyroux, Glen Hansard), keyboardist Patrick Warren (Tom Waits, Lana Del Rey), woodwind multi-instrumentalist Levon Henry, pedal steel guitarist Eric Heywood (Hayes Carll, Over The Rhine), and drummer Jay Bellerose (Willie Nelson, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss).
Wright's last release was "Lifted Off the Ground," which came out after Wright announced she was gay.
The set includes songs co-written with Henry, including "Holy War" and "See Me Home." "At The Heart Of Me" (co-written with Henry and Rodney Crowell), and a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" featuring backing vocals from The Milk Carton Kids also are on the release.
"I believe I've given birth to a beautiful new baby," Wright said, "and I would like people who see my baby to think it's beautiful too. That's how much this new music means to me. I am so very lucky it all came true."
Wright has enjoyed hits with "Shut Up and Drive," "It Was," "Jezebel," "Never Love You Enough," the duet with Radney Foster "Scary Old World," and "Single White Female."
Wright also published her memoir, "Like Me," in 2010 about her career and coming out.