Danielle Egnew

Danielle Egnew

12 Comments

  1. Hope Davis
    May 5, 2010 @ 1:40 AM PDT

    This is quite possibly the best thing that I have read in reference to Chely Wright’s coming out. As a lesbian & lifetime country music fan, I completely understand her fears about coming. Country music is seen to be about God and family, and well… God and family, but just because one is gay does not mean that they don’t share those same values. Kudos Chely Wright! I always loved you…now I know why!

  2. Jason
    May 5, 2010 @ 4:49 PM PDT

    Love you Chely! This is such Great news that she is living her truth.
    I’m a lifelong Nashvillian. The haters will get over it!
    YOU GET AFTER IT GIRL!

  3. Myowngirl
    May 5, 2010 @ 5:07 PM PDT

    Well stated and articulated…I’m guessing the industry is probably more able to get on board then some country music fans though. Thanks for taking the time to explain why her “coming out” is truly brave since I don’t know that a lot of people personally have that “Heartland” grasp of what this acknowledgement means. I have read some responses via blogs and loyalty appears to go out the door when it comes to being “GAY”. What little I have heard of her story so far has been heartbreaking!

  4. Stephen Hall, you might notice I don't pretend to be Stephanie!
    May 6, 2010 @ 12:08 AM PDT

    Well, I think anybody coming out of the closet in any line of profession, should go back in it, and stay in it until they come to their senses.
    As for Shely Wright’s CD’s, I am burning them right now. They are not even worthy of simply breaking. Oh, I used latex gloves while handling them so I wouldn’t be infected with her guilt. I certainly would not EVEN want to shake hands with her, because I wouldn’t know where it was.
    The same with any other such “not so much” gay person. I don’t give a hoot if some of the big wig society thinks it’s cool to be gay. It’s not. It will still send you to Hell! And that’s not a problem for you or me. At least I won’t be there to accuse you any more useless gay things you do with other women. Shame on you!

  5. William
    May 6, 2010 @ 5:29 PM PDT

    It’s not surprising that Ms Egnew would have this point of view, given the hyperbole in her own bio information. But the fact is that, according to Billboard Magazine, Chely Wright had one..ONE…top 10 country single in 1999. She’s hardly a “celebrity” and her career has always bordered on anemic. She is, however, a master at self promotion and calculation. Anyone who knows Chely knows this. She is a master manipulator and has burned every personal and professional bridge in her life. Coming out of the closet after all these years simply to embrace who she really is and inspire others hiding would have been admirable. But true to Ms. Wright’s history, she’s only doing this to promote a new CD and her book. She’s tried in the past to use military to advance her career under the guise of “supporting the troops” and now she’s using this. I can only hope the gay community is smart enough to see her for the pariah she truly is and shuns her accordingly. This is NOT someone to root for.

  6. Karen
    May 6, 2010 @ 10:55 PM PDT

    I am shocked,I have enjoyed Cheleys music in the past and have often wondered where she was and what she was doing now,it makes me sick to read this,as far as I am concerned she can go away again.I will never accept a open gay in country music,if they come out,they can kiss their career good-bye!

  7. Cattrick
    May 7, 2010 @ 12:09 AM PDT

    William – thanks for clearing that up about Chely’s ‘#1’s’. It was totally unnecessary on Ms Egnew’s part. Just because a person didn’t make it to ‘mega superstar’ status, doesn’t mean they aren’t talented and didn’t contribute.
    This is the second time I’ve read about Chely using the military to get publicity for herself. Not good, if true. If this ‘coming out’ is only to generate interest and sell, she could end up getting publicity that will truly end her career. That would be ashame for those who like her for her talent, the only reason in the end that a fan stays with an artist.

  8. Danielle Egnew
    May 7, 2010 @ 12:59 AM PDT

    Hey all — there seems to be some confusion on Chely Wright’s number of Top Ten hits (videos and singles) and what was charting as a number one single. William appears to be confused, and that confusion appears to be spreading, so I thought I’d set the record straight. (No pun intended ;).

    Chely Wright’s Top 10’s (songs and videos):
    Shut Up & Drive
    Single White Female
    It Was
    She Went Out For Cigarettes
    Never Love You Enough
    Jezebel
    Back Of The Bottom Drawer
    The Bumper of My S.U.V.

    #1 Hit Singles:
    Single White Female – Billboard
    Single White Female – CMT Top 20 Countdown
    Single White Female – GAC (14 weeks)
    Single White Female – GAC- #1 video of the Year 1999
    It Was – CMT (2 weeks)
    It Was – GAC (15 weeks)
    She Went Out For Cigarettes – GAC ( 1 week)
    Never Love You Enough – CMT Top 20 Countdown
    Never Love You Enough – CMT’s MWL (50 days)
    Never Love You Enough – GAC (6 weeks)
    Jezebel – CMT’s MWL (21 Days)
    Jezebel -GAC
    The Bumper Of My SUV – Billboard ( 9 weeks)

    As you can see — that amounts to “more than one”. Though Chely Wright is no Dolly Parton or Reba, she is still rather accomplished and has contributed quite a bit, which was my point in listing the number of chart making positions she has held. Hope that clears up any further confusion.

  9. William
    May 8, 2010 @ 10:29 PM PDT

    Ms. Egnew,

    I’m not at all confused, but you seem to be. Or perhaps you simply don’t understand what the industry recognizes as real success.

    Chely Wright has had one…I repeat..ONE #1 single in Billboard Magazine, “SWF,” which also happens to be her only top 10 of her career. Every other song you reference was top 10 or #1 on GAC or CMT which were part of those outlets’ video countdowns. Everyone in the industry knows that those video channels in no way reflect airplay, sales or chart success. It’s all about Billboard Magazine and always has been. many artists have had #1 videos, especially on GAC and CMT, which never even cracked the top 20 on the charts. A hit video is not recognized as a barometer for a truly successful record.

    You also reference her “Bumper Of My SUV” as a 9 week Billboard #1, which is very misleading because it was NOT a #1 country single, but only #1 in sales on the “Indie” chart because Chely and her camp got military installations sales recognized on that chart, and she milked the military angle for all she could. The song peaked on the country singles chart at #35.

    Not sure why you want to distort Chely’s meager accomplishments into something bigger, but the facts are the facts. It’s not confusing. But it is hyperbole.

  10. Joshua
    May 10, 2010 @ 5:34 PM PDT

    This guy William is right about one thing. If this woman, Ms Egnew is saying that the songs on a country music video channel countdown show are like Billboard chart positions…she doesn’t know much about the music business.

  11. Davida
    May 12, 2010 @ 11:48 PM PDT

    I’m no expert on country music or the music business in general, but I think the “nitpicking” over just how big Chely Wright’s career is or is not detracts from the main point of Ms. Egnew’s editorial. I think we may be able to agree that Chely Wright has had “some success” in the county music business over the years and that her “coming out” took courage. Based on Ms. Egnew’s bio it looks to me like she is an expert on this subject.

  12. Ralph
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 2:45 AM PDT

    WOW! Why all the hate? If you’re truly Christian then you’ll understand not only how to turn the other cheek, but to love thy neighbor as you love thyself. I’ve been a fan of Chely’s since “She Went Out For Cigarettes” – and I’m still her fan. I’m grateful to GOD she is now known as the gay country singer instead of one more country singer who killed herself.