An award-winning, singer/songwriter, author, and activist, Chely Wright's heroic personal and creative journey has inspired millions while inalterably changing the world of country music and beyond. Now, after more than five years away from the spotlight, Wright has announced the MRI/Sony release of her long anticipated new album I Am The Rain. Wright's eighth studio album, I Am The Rain stands as a major milestone for Wright, truly affirming her as an incandescent, once-in-a-lifetime artist.
The album was recorded at Los Angeles' legendary Sunset Sound studio with multiple Grammy Award-winning producer/artist Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Carolina Chocolate Drops) at the helm, backed by a impressive contingent of session superstars including Grammy-winning 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).
I Am The Rain – which follows 2010's much-admired Lifted Off The Ground – sees Wright continuing to develop her overall sonic palette. Moreover, deeply personal songs like "Inside," "Where Will You Be," and "Pain," (featuring backing vocals from the one and only Emmylou Harris) reveal a striking new freedom as a songwriter, their heart-hitting melodies more than a match for her frank and incisive lyricism.
The album also showcases a number of songs co-written with Henry, among them the provocative "Holy War" and "See Me Home." Other unassailable highlights include "At The Heart Of Me" (co-written with Henry and longtime friend Rodney Crowell), as well as a powerful rendition of Bob Dylan's timeless "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" featuring backing vocals from acclaimed indie-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids. As unflinching and adventurous as it is heartfelt and inspirational, I Am the Rain begins the next remarkable chapter in Chely Wright's increasingly historic body of work.