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Chely Wright Documentary ‘Wish Me Away’ Scores Emmy Nomination

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A documentary centered around country singer Chely Wright has been nominated for one of television’s highest honors. ‘Wish Me Away’ is nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy award, earning Showtime a nomination in the category of Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form.

The film chronicles the process of Wright’s coming out as the first openly gay country singer in the ultra-conservative genre — a move that was highly controversial in the business, and deeply unpopular with large segments of Wright’s own fan base.

‘Wish Me Away’ documents Wright’s long struggle with self-acceptance prior to coming out, as well as the emotional fallout in her family from her revelation. Wright has received very little public support from her fellow country stars since coming out, and she has publicly stated that her record sales have been cut in half in the wake of her announcement.

The singer moved from Nashville to the more accepting environs of New York City, and she married Lauren Blitzer in August of 2011. Wright gave birth to the couple’s twin sons in May of 2013.

‘Wish Me Away’ also won the 2012 Nashville Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, and was recently nominated for a GLAAD award. For more information about the film, or to view the trailer, click here.

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