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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 27, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Thats life BRANDON June 2002 A9 Country singer takes career on new pop road BY ANGELA PACIENZA Canadian Press TORONTO If country singer Michelle Wright had to sum up the past six her choice word would be she Thats because after several years of career turmoil her record deal col lapsed in 2000 and bad rela shes taking her music on a new road and has a new husband to join has been a main stay in the Canadian country music scene since the Canadians took notice when she became an overnight success in the new country scene with a selftided album in And the who grew up in continued her climb to stardom with the Top 10 Take It Like a Man making her one of the first Canadian country singers to have a Top 10 hit in the The firsts continued when she became the first Canadian to win the highly coveted Top New Female Vocalist at the 1992 Academy of Country Music Wright has also collected a mantel full of winning more than 30 industry But after those accomplish ments her career seemed to fizzle with every subsequent Her 1994 The Reasons Why was only released in Canada and 1996s For Me Its You barely made a ripple in the failing to earn a single hit All the while she contin ued to sell out venues in Shortly Wright parted ways with her label because the two couldnt agree on which direction to Her manager then told her to take a few years off and write her own songs something the country star had never tried Six years Wright has returned to the spotlight with a pop infused country Shut Up and Kiss She wrote eight of the 12 songs with help from writers such as Shelly who wrote Christina Aguileras What a Girl We just started writing and it just continued to present itself this Wright says of the pop Instead of me fight ing I just went with pop music has always been part of Wrights music Alongside influ ences like The Aretha Franklin and Merle she cites Alicia Tina Turner and Sting as some of her favourite artists speaking on the phone from her home in says she would have jumped into popcountry sooner had her label given her the free There was a time when they thought it would hurt my she It was really stifling for me and it caused blocks of But then country divas Dauphin Dauphin Red River Winnipeg Deandra Music in the Eleanor Kidd North 40 Saloon Dauphin Countryfest Red River Winnipeg Agricultural Fair and Killarney Manitoba Highland Selkirk North 40 10 JUNE 2 Dauphin Countryfest Red River Winnipeg Boissevain Fair and Rodeo Agricultural Fair and Killarney Wight on track CAREER OF MICHELLE WRIGHT Born July 1 In grew up in currently resides in paid imiftk Job Performed with The Marquees at age Including a greatest Songs 24 top 10 seven made It to Awards 15 Canadian Country Music Awards 11 Big Country Awards two Junos one each of MuchMuslc Video Academy of Country Music and SpocM Spokesperson for the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games chairperson of cam paign that raised million for a CAT scan machine for a Chatham Acting Due Shania Twain and Faith Hill came along and showed every one country music had the same crossover appeal that rap and hip hop We all have broader taste than at one time where you grew up listening to one kind of music and you had one TV sta tion and one radio Wright says of peoples listening Her optimism towards the pop stream of her career also comes from being a new She married Marco a New York businessman and in April after a series of bad I feel like I found my life Life is says a cheerful adding the cou ple is discussing having a But despite the past Wright isnt concerned about her future Im probably the least ner vous about anything Ive ever been in my she Ive learned to control what I One thing she can control is how she wants to celebrate her next Shell be 42 on July Canada Playboys Women of Enron here Friday HOUSTON The women of failed energy giant Enron reveal much more than shady accounting in a 10page Playboy pictorial that hits news stands Ten past and present Enron women shed their threads for the Chicagobased adult magazines August just like executives called to testify before government pan some showed more of the naked truth than Three hundred Enron employees answered Playboys invita tion to Some said they posed for the fun of it and to earn some money though none of them would say how much the magazine paid Press at the Riverbank Discovery Centre Manitoba A full day of activities starting at pm with the Official Opening of Canada The day will conclude at with a FIREWORKS f on 18th Street between Kirkcaldy and Braecrest Watch for a complete schedule of events in Sundays Brandon Family Fun Safeway on 10th Street pancake breakfast carnival 10 to 4 Harness Race Holland Agricultural Fair and Glenboro Canada Day The Winnipeg Riverbank Discovery Search for Raw Talent Playoff Night Inferno Dauphin Countryfest Manitoba Highland Dancers Mid Canada The Forks Harness Race Holland Agricultural Fair and Glenboro WSO Canada Day The Winnipeg Whos on 1 st WeCellWireless Motorola T193 GSM Cell Phone Free Internet Access 2 months in store credit Free camp chair 7272381 6501st after new Ktivttation require The Watchmen and Sonic Inferno Virden Agricultural Society Fair Deandra Music in the Eleanor Kidd Dark Hoiistons Country Roadhouse Best Breakfast in the City A Program of City of Brandon Community Services July Virden Agricultural Society Fair July Metis Deloraine July Winnipeg Folk Birds Hill July Winnipeg Arenas Concert Bowl July SourisGlenwood Ag Society Fair July Rossburn Summer Festival July Just 4 U Shoal Lake July Deloraine Agricultural Harness Racing July Agricultural Fair and Ranch Souris July Oak River Fair and Cattle Show July Ag Fair and Strathclair July Shoal Lake Agricultural Society Fair July Agricultural Fair and Hamiota July Manitoba Stampede and Morris July Neepawa World Lily Festival July Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival July Gilbert Plains Grandview Fair and Rodeo July Beach Killarney July 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