"I'm as in love with writing songs as ever before," Wright revealed.

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The singer also reached back for a pathos-primed narrative The River inspired by the drowning of two school friends a decade apart in her hometown.

Wright, now 34, has been a prolific writer from long before 1994 debut disc Woman In The Moon that featured five of her originals.

She took her final exams a week early and moved to Nashville.

But she never forgot her roots - especially when sourcing her songs.

Co-host Gayle King said, “Your documentary took my heart and ripped it out a couple of times,” before asking Wright: “You seem to have regrets about how you handled [dating Brad Paisley]. And I do regret those men that I dated that I could never reciprocate the love and affection that they had for me. And there's a particular cruelty in that.” “He is a good person but I was too afraid to tell him,” she added.

Do you have regrets and have you made amends with him? (Watch the entire segment at CBS.) Wright, who married her wife Lauren Blitzer-Wright in Connecticut last year, earlier this year opened her Like Me non-profit's first gay community center in Kansas City.

"I recruited my dad to be my bass player and fired him on several occasions," Wright recalled.

"He was always thankful as he worked a full time construction job.

First it was her parents' divorce that produced her evocative hit Picket Fences and then it was estrangement from her mum for Between A Mother And A Child.