Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer PDF

Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer Chely Wright, singer, songwriter, country music star, writes in this moving, telling memoir about her life and her career about growing up in America s heartland, the youngest of three children about barely remembering a time when she didn t know she was different She writes about her parents, putting down roots in their twenties in the farming town of Wellsville, Kansas, Old Glory flying atop the poles on the town s manicured lawns, and being raised to believe that hard work, honesty, and determination would take her far She writes of making up her mind at a young age to become a country music star, knowing then that her feelings and crushes on girls were sinful and hoping and praying that she would somehow be fixed Dear God, please don t let me be gay I promise not to lie I promise not to steal I promise to always believe in you Please take it away We see her, high school homecoming queen, heading out on her own at seventeen and landing a job as a featured vocalist on the Ozark Jubilee the show that started Brenda Lee, Red Foley, and Porter Wagoner , being cast in Country Music USA doing four live shows a day, and after only a few months in Nashville her dream coming true, performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry She describes writing and singing her own songs for producers who d discovered and recorded the likes of Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, and Toby Keith, who heard in her music something special and signed her to a record contract, releasing her first album and sending her out on the road on her first bus tour She writes of sacrificing all for a shot at success that would come a couple of years later with her first hit single, Shut Up And Drive her songs from her fourth album, Single White Female climbing the Billboard chart for twenty nine weeks, hitting thespot She writes about the friends she made along the way Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and others writing songs, recording and touring together, some of the friendships developing into romantic attachments that did not end happily Keeping the truth of who she was clutched deep inside, trying to ignore it in a world she longed to be a part of and now was a world in which country music stars had never been, could not be, openly gay She writes of the very real prospect of losing everything she d worked so hard to create doing her best to have a real life her best not good enough And in the face of everything she did to keep herself afloat, she writes about how the vortex of success and hiding who she was took its toll her life, a tangled mess she didn t see coming, didn t want to and, finally, finding the guts to untangle herself from the image of the country music star she d become, an image steeped in long standing ideals and notions about who and what a country artist is, and what their fans expect them to be I am a songwriter, she writes I am a singer of my songs and I have a story to tell As I ve traveled this path that has delivered me to where I am today, my monument of thanks, paying honor to God, remains I will do all I can with what I have been given Like Me is fearless, inspiring, true [PDF] ✪ Snowbound with the Sheriff By Lauri Robinson – 9facts.co.uk singer ❮Reading❯ ➾ Storybook Dad Author Laura Bradford – 9facts.co.uk songwriter ❰Reading❯ ➶ A Midnight Clear / Remembering Red Thunder / Silent Surrender Author Anne Stuart – 9facts.co.uk country music star ➳ [Reading] ➶ The Good Father (Where Secrets Are Safe By Tara Taylor Quinn ➩ – 9facts.co.uk writes in this moving ❮PDF❯ ⚡ His Secret Alaskan Heiress (Alaskan Grooms ✎ Author Belle Calhoune – 9facts.co.uk telling memoir about her life and her career about growing up in America s heartland [PDF / Epub] ☉ A Baby for Mommy By Sara Orwig – 9facts.co.uk the youngest of three children about barely remembering a time when she didn t know she was different She writes about her parents [PDF] ✅ An Act of Love By Marion Ekholm – 9facts.co.uk putting down 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Daniels ❦ – 9facts.co.uk recording and touring together ❴PDF❵ ✩ Out of My Later Years Author Albert Einstein – 9facts.co.uk some of the friendships developing into romantic attachments that did not end happily Keeping the truth of who she was clutched deep inside [PDF] ✈ A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire ✍ George R.R. Martin – 9facts.co.uk trying to ignore it in a world she longed to be a part of and now was a world in which country music stars had never been [Reading] ➶ The Playboy Sheikh (Sons of the Desert By Alexandra Sellers – 9facts.co.uk could not be ➼ [Reading] ➾ Secret Silver Nights By Zuri Day ➱ – 9facts.co.uk openly gay She writes of the very real prospect of losing everything she d worked so hard to create doing her best to have a real life her best not good enough And in the face of everything she did to keep herself afloat [PDF / Epub] ☉ Dreams & Desires By Michelle Celmer – 9facts.co.uk she writes about how the vortex of success and hiding who she was took its toll her life ❮Download❯ ➹ A South Texas Christmas (Men of the West, ➾ Author Stella Bagwell – 9facts.co.uk a tangled mess she didn t see coming [Reading] ➼ The Truth Beyond the Sky (The Epic of Aravinda Book 1) By Andrew M. 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10 thoughts on “Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer

  1. Née Née says:

    I read this without knowing anything about Chely Wright, and it actually made me a permanent fan of hers Such a unique and well written book about her struggles as a gay country music singer trying to make it big and fit into a world that doesn t know what to do with people that are different.What I found most interesting is Chely s self destructive behaviour throughout this time, where her struggle to balance her religious beliefs with her clear and defined homosexuality ultimately lead to dep I read this without knowing anything about Chely Wright, and it actually made me a permanent fan of hers Such a unique and well written book about her struggles as a gay country music singer trying to make it big and fit into a world that doesn t know what to do with people that are different.What I found most interesting is Chely s self destructive behaviour throughout this time, where her struggle to balance her religious beliefs with her clear and defined homosexuality ultimately lead to depression and suicidal thoughts It took her until she was nearly 40 to come out I think this is not only a brave account of being a gay country music star in the closet, but also a unique story of what it is like to grow up in the deep south as a gay woman in relatively modern times.Her anecdotes about country music were of much less interest to me, but then I m not a huge country music fan.I m glad Chely Wright finally had the courage to come and tell her story She also recently married the love of her life, Lauren Blitzer This is an important read for any young gay kid who thinks they re not good enough It proves that you re not only good enough, you re worth everything


  2. Sarah Fonseca Sarah Fonseca says:

    I was a bit worried that this book would be 200 someodd pages of Chely Wright asserting her heteronormativity Thankfully, I was proven wrong within the first few chapters It quickly becomes evident that, by publishing her memoirs, she placed a lot on the line and not just by simply disclosing her sexuality In Like Me, Chely also slaps various institutions and public figures on their bigoted wrists John Rich of Big Rich fame, Dick Cheney, The Boy Scouts of America, and so on , all while I was a bit worried that this book would be 200 someodd pages of Chely Wright asserting her heteronormativity Thankfully, I was proven wrong within the first few chapters It quickly becomes evident that, by publishing her memoirs, she placed a lot on the line and not just by simply disclosing her sexuality In Like Me, Chely also slaps various institutions and public figures on their bigoted wrists John Rich of Big Rich fame, Dick Cheney, The Boy Scouts of America, and so on , all while maintaining that grounded sense of humility indicative of a true Southern girl Her anecdotal stories about her modest childhood in Kansas make this an evenenjoyable read.I really don t think I could ask for a better ally in the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights Chely has a universal appeal which has the power to make a difference She s already set the precedent by bridging the gap between the conservative South and the hearts of queer people everywhere I d recommend this book to virtually anyone The celebrity gossip fiend A friend struggling with heartbreak A country music aficionado Someone gradually making his her way out of the closet.This also is the first book with lesbian content that I d be eager and willing to let my own mother read if that doesn t say something, I don t know what will


  3. Danielle Danielle says:

    I m not a big country music fan so I didn t know who Chely Wright was until I saw her on Oprah, but I was so moved by her story that I decided to read her book This book should be required reading for all those who believe that being gay is a choice people make, or that those who are gay are morally bankrupt or without God in their life Chely s story is heart wrenching, here is a woman who has a personal relationship with God and is so tormented by her homosexuality that as a child she starts I m not a big country music fan so I didn t know who Chely Wright was until I saw her on Oprah, but I was so moved by her story that I decided to read her book This book should be required reading for all those who believe that being gay is a choice people make, or that those who are gay are morally bankrupt or without God in their life Chely s story is heart wrenching, here is a woman who has a personal relationship with God and is so tormented by her homosexuality that as a child she starts a daily ritual of praying to God to please not make her gay She lives her life hiding that fact that she is gay and struggles with what those around her say and feel about homosexuality She pushes people away and pushes love away because she is so fearful of what people will think if she admits to the world that she is a lesbian As a straight woman I can not imagine what living your life in fear every day feels like, and my heart goes out to all those who struggle with homosexuality and what the world will think of them I hope that stories such as Chely s will educate those among us who fear what they do not know or understand I am so glad I took the time to read this book and I highly recommend it to others as well


  4. Mo Mo says:

    Normally, I am not a big fan of contemporary country music surprise But when I heard that Chely Wright had come out as a lesbian on Oprah, no less , my jaw dropped This book is simultaneously heartbreaking and infuriating Although while reading it sometimes I kind of wanted to shake her and tell her to get a backbone or kick the guy from Big Rich s ass for her , it was athan worthwhile read I actually couldn t put it down Sometimes when you live in a big city and surround yourse Normally, I am not a big fan of contemporary country music surprise But when I heard that Chely Wright had come out as a lesbian on Oprah, no less , my jaw dropped This book is simultaneously heartbreaking and infuriating Although while reading it sometimes I kind of wanted to shake her and tell her to get a backbone or kick the guy from Big Rich s ass for her , it was athan worthwhile read I actually couldn t put it down Sometimes when you live in a big city and surround yourself with like minded people, you can forget the oppression and violence that gay people in conservative small communities face every day Yeah, we ve got Ellen on TV andandopenly gay celebrities, but what about people in the middle of nowhere who don t know a single other gay person besides themselves This reminded me that there s still homophobia and bigotry out there, to be grateful for the progress that the gay rights movement has made so far and to not give up the fight for equal rights for GLBT people


  5. Suzie Carr Suzie Carr says:

    I m a huge fan of Chely Wright and I support her LikeMe Organization with monthly book proceed donations I m sure this book will touch many lives She was honest and forthcoming in her story Her story is an inspiration.


  6. Agent Smith Agent Smith says:

    I never heard of Chely Wright until I saw her story on Entertainment Tonight I was frustrated with parts of this story and near the end I lost interest completely It was frustrating to read about the lengths she went thru to hide her sexuality when she refused to educate herself One part in the book she talked about how she wouldn t be caught dead with any books or materials about homosexuality How can you be scared to educate yourself I did not understand this and I felt no empathy for he I never heard of Chely Wright until I saw her story on Entertainment Tonight I was frustrated with parts of this story and near the end I lost interest completely It was frustrating to read about the lengths she went thru to hide her sexuality when she refused to educate herself One part in the book she talked about how she wouldn t be caught dead with any books or materials about homosexuality How can you be scared to educate yourself I did not understand this and I felt no empathy for her situation Sorry if that sounds mean or insensitive Ms Wright I also did not appreciate the analogy she made about Rosa Parks, that she should have stayed in the back of the bus that was just a tad bit racist in my opinion and should not be compared to Chely Wright hiding her sexuality Rosa Parks could not hide her skin color sexuality is not something you wear on the outside per say I wasthan a little offended at this comparison She also states that at the time of writing this book she hasn t come out of the closet How can you advocate for young gay people when you can t even advocate for yourself she is still being dishonest about who she is She says that she spends time thinking about what it will be like when she finally does step forward about her sexuality to help other people come to terms with their own sexuality This statement made me dislike this book evenHow can you pretend to want to help young gay people when you have spent half your life denying, hiding, and lying about your true self Sorry, but some of the words in this book really angered me


  7. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    I am not a country music fan so I was not familiar with Chely Wright However, her story touched my heart My life and her s parallel in that she comes from Biblebelt America nothing about her says Gay and she fought being gay and prayed to God every day to take it from her Me too She also had family that ridicule gays at every opportunity Me too Under those circumstances it s hard to wave a flag and say Hey everyone, guess what I m gay I eventually got away from Church People tha I am not a country music fan so I was not familiar with Chely Wright However, her story touched my heart My life and her s parallel in that she comes from Biblebelt America nothing about her says Gay and she fought being gay and prayed to God every day to take it from her Me too She also had family that ridicule gays at every opportunity Me too Under those circumstances it s hard to wave a flag and say Hey everyone, guess what I m gay I eventually got away from Church People that said that I would burn in hell for all eternity for being gay I was born gayI did not choose it for myself God made me this way and would not remove it from me so why would He condemn me to hell Once I came to this conclusion I was fine with being gay In fact I much prefer it to being with any of the men I was with Women are soft, excellent kissers and they smell good o Anyway, fist bump Chely WrightI loved your book Thanks for writing it


  8. Jess Jess says:

    Before hearing about this book, I d never heard of Chely Wright or, at least, I didn t think I had heard of her But I decided to look her up on YouTube, and then I realized that I d heard her song Single White Female about a million times when I was a kid and would be in the car with my dad He only likes country music sporadically, but when this song came out, he was having a country summer It all came flooding back to me I can see how this book made quite a splash when it came out almost Before hearing about this book, I d never heard of Chely Wright or, at least, I didn t think I had heard of her But I decided to look her up on YouTube, and then I realized that I d heard her song Single White Female about a million times when I was a kid and would be in the car with my dad He only likes country music sporadically, but when this song came out, he was having a country summer It all came flooding back to me I can see how this book made quite a splash when it came out almost ten years ago At that point, Wright really was the only out country star in the culture, and to this day, very few have followed A lot of people also don t realize that this book was her coming out she was only out to a handful of friends, her siblings, and most recently her father at the time of publication She was not out to her mother, who she always had a tenuous relationship with, so I hope things went okay.One of the moments that will stick with me for a long time is when country star John Rich of Big Rich fame basically cornered Wright and goaded her into staying closeted, saying that the country community would never accept a gay artist What a bully Wright named those names in this book, which I commend her for They deserve it They deserve to be known as the people who are supposedly good Christians who bully and lie and urge others to do the same It took a lot of bravery for Wright to do that, and I ll always look upon her in a positive light for it.If you re looking for a book about a gay rebel who defiantly bucked the systemwell, I wouldn t exactly call Wright an icon of queer rebellion, and that s okay She s still a very conservative, religious person who is heavily involved in supporting the military to a degree I don t quite align with, but a person s politics are their own I suppose She considers herself a lady and doesn t engage in swearing or off color humor in mixed company She s also a consummate professional who treats everyone with respect, credits her career to hard work and a good support system, and will do what she can for her fans This is a woman who we never seem to really get to know she remains private and, even in writing, quite soft spoken and cagey It often came off as flaws in the writing after all, this book has the subtitle of confessions, but beyond her sexuality, there s nothing to confess We never feel truly close to her, as if this book was writtenas therapy than as a book meant for consumers.Also, if you re triggered by parental abuse, here s a warning for that I hope some of Wright s friends confronted her after reading this to let her know she lived through a heavily abusive childhood, most likely spurred on by her father s abuse towards her mother The abuse in the household extended to shocking levels of violence and cruelty mainly against her siblings , and I can t understand why Wright would have anything to do either parent any It s quite unsettling And I refuse to chalk it up to different cultures.This isn t my favorite memoir I ve ever read, but there was a lot of good stuff, and I hope Wright s life has been much easier since it was published She s just a woman who wants to live her most authentic life


  9. Travis McClain Travis McClain says:

    It s not uncommon for a recording artist to pen a memoir, or to release a companion album It is, however, unprecedented that a mainstream country music artist would use the tandem to step out of the closet Some balked that Wright was a has been who was trying to cash in on her sexuality for an extension on her 15 minutes of fame I suspect those people failed to actually read Like Me, because they are exemplary works worthy of recognition It s as though her entire public career existed in It s not uncommon for a recording artist to pen a memoir, or to release a companion album It is, however, unprecedented that a mainstream country music artist would use the tandem to step out of the closet Some balked that Wright was a has been who was trying to cash in on her sexuality for an extension on her 15 minutes of fame I suspect those people failed to actually read Like Me, because they are exemplary works worthy of recognition It s as though her entire public career existed in many ways just to allow her enough celebrity that she could publish this work.Of course, my biases are well documented of being feminist and pro LGBT, certainly, but also in my undying admiration of soul baring courage I was struck while reading Like Me just how often Wright shared a very specific anecdote from her own life, but found it evoked visceral memories of my own I could share hers, or mine, but I think it s sufficient to note that a well written memoir does this It s uniquely the story of the author, but touches on such universal themes that each reader should be able to find himself or herself in the pages.I was surprised by some of what Wright elected to share She was particularly forthcoming about her relationship with Brad Paisley, for instance, and there was some attention paid at the time of the book s publication to a passage in which she took John Rich to task for his homophobia It was not the first time I read of Rich s views to that effect and I ve not consciously put a penny in his pocket since.I have not been in the closet, so I can t speak to how Like Me will resonate with those who have But I can tell you that even though I m straight, but not narrow meaning I m heterosexual, but pro LGBT , Wright made me feelsensitive to ways in which we as individuals can make things harder or easier on our LGBT brothers and sisters.Though mine was brought on for wholly different reasons, I certainly connected with her story of suicidal depression The back cover contains the passage in which she recounts putting her 9mm handgun in her mouth and being prepared to end her life I wasn t going to use a gun I had resolved to use a bottle of bourbon and sleeping pills But I know how that felt to be at that Oh my God, am I really going to do this point I ve written extensively about it in my blog over the last few months Those who denounce Like Me as self exploitation have clearly never experienced anything that requires a cathartic release I have, however, and I get it I really do I just wanted to hug her throughout this entire memoir and even knowing she s now happily married to a woman who makes her happy, I still just wanted to reach through each page and reassure her that it would be alright.Readers will also find some fascinating anecdotes from Wright s extensive tours for the U.S armed forces Her devotion to the troops is well documented and by all accounts very much appreciated The stories she shares in Like Me are as warm as they can be funny or heartbreaking, and this is just as true of her military tales.Chely Wright is a complex though, I don t think, complicated woman She balks at those who invoke the Bible to crusade against the LGBT community, but will not apologize for her own faith Some liberal readers may be upset that she continues to be conservative in many key parts of her life some conservative readers will, of course, have their own obvious qualms with her I think in this, above all else, she epitomizes modern day America It can be particularly upsetting to have one s beliefs and experiences held against someone else s rubric and be told, You can t be say think feel that because then you re not a real insert group name She is exactly what is wrong with our two party system of absolutesand she is exactly what is right with our society at large


  10. Niki Niki says:

    Whether you are a star in Nashville, or a waitress making ends meet in Anytown straight, gay, or uncertain you will understand Chely Wright s story as she has written it so eloquently that any person of any background can find a way to relate to her This is not a book about being gay, being an entertainer, or coming out of the closet This is a book about one person s struggle with all of life s complexities, and what she needed to do to be able to live her life to its fullest She touches Whether you are a star in Nashville, or a waitress making ends meet in Anytown straight, gay, or uncertain you will understand Chely Wright s story as she has written it so eloquently that any person of any background can find a way to relate to her This is not a book about being gay, being an entertainer, or coming out of the closet This is a book about one person s struggle with all of life s complexities, and what she needed to do to be able to live her life to its fullest She touches in great detail on many moments of her life that have clearly shaped her and made her the woman she is today Chely has a gift in sharing herself and her experiences without preaching or judging, and leaves the reader with feelings of hope and inspiration, even while explaining some of her darkest moments Though she has worked tirelessly to achieve success in her career, and therefore become famous, you ll find yourself reading along as though she s your dear friend, confiding in you her innermost struggles And you ll be compelled to support her, as a person, regardless of your views and beliefs of homosexuality She has this effect because her pages are genuine, sincere, and let you in to her heart and her human experience This book would be a helpful read to any person, as it shares the struggles of another, another point of view But I would definitely recommend it to any person who feels strongly against homosexuality, especially because of religious beliefs It would be unfair to stand your ground in your beliefs without educating yourself on the whole picture, and Chely Wright s story offers an intelligent view of how one s spirit can be broken by those who chose to stand against you, without ever understanding you


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