Country Singer Chely Wright Says She's Gay

It's a country song in the making, maybe. Artist Chely Wright has come out of the closet, y'all, making her the first openly gay country music performer.

Chely Wright

"There had never, ever been a country music artist who had acknowledged his or her homosexuality," she tells "I wasn't going to be the first." But then she changed her mind. "Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out," she says.

This ends the lengthy Internet speculation as to who the People cover story about coming out would be.

The 39-year-old musician was named Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist in 1999, for her hit single "Single White Female."

The singer will release her new album, "Lifted off the Ground" and her memoir, "Like Me" on May 4.