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Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney performing on March 8, 2008 at the Jupiter Bar & Grill in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Background information
Birth name Kenneth Arnold Chesney
Born March 26, 1968 (1968-03-26) (age 41)
Origin Johnson City, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupations singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1990–present
Labels Capricorn, BNA
Associated acts Buddy Cannon, George Strait, Uncle Kracker
Website KennyChesney.com

Kenneth Arnold "Kenny" Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music artist. Since 1993, Chesney has recorded 13 albums, 11 of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than 30 Top Ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 17 of which reached Number One. In addition, Chesney has received six ACM (including four consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards),[1] as well as six CMA awards. Chesney is also one of the most popular touring acts in country music, regularly selling out the venues at which he performs;[2][3] his 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour was the highest-grossing country road trip of 2007.[4] He was awarded his 4th consecutive ACM Entertainer of the Year award on May 18, 2008.

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Early life

Chesney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, at St. Mary's Hospital on March 26, 1968. His mother Karen, was, and still is, a hair stylist in the Knoxville area. His father, David Chesney, is a former elementary school teacher. Chesney has one sibling, a younger sister named Jennifer Chandler. He was raised in Luttrell, Tennessee, and attended Gibbs High School, where he was a receiver on the football team, and graduated in 1986. The following year, Kenny received his first guitar for Christmas, which he began teaching himself to play. He had previously attempted guitar playing at age 5 but quit because "it hurt his fingers."[5]

Chesney studied in East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he joined Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity and was member of the ETSU Bluegrass Program. Chesney played tunes at local places around Johnson City like Chucky's Trading Post (a small Mexican restaurant), Quarterbacks BBQ, and Rafters. He recorded his first album in 1989 at Classic Recording Studio in Bristol, Virginia. One thousand copies were produced and Chesney sold them at his busking gigs, using the money from album sales to help buy a new guitar.[6]

In 1990, Chesney graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in advertising.[6] After graduation, he headed to Nashville, where he performed at several local clubs. After making the rounds of the music publishers in Nashville, Chesney signed to contract in 1992 with BMI and Opryland Music Group.

Career

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In My Wildest Dreams

Chesney's first album, In My Wildest Dreams, was released on the independent Capricorn Records label in 1994. The album's lead-off singles, "The Tin Man" and "Whatever It Takes", both reached the lower regions of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. The album sold approximately 10,000 copies before Capricorn Records closed its country music division that year.[7]

All I Need to Know

After Capricorn's closure, Chesney signed to BNA Records, which released his album All I Need to Know in 1995. The album produced three hit singles: "Fall in Love" and the title track (both of which reached Top Ten), and "Grandpa Told Me So", which peaked at #23.[7] "The Tin Man" was also included on this album, although it was not re-released as a single at the time.

Me and You

Released in 1996, Chesney's second major-label album was Me and You.[7] Although its lead-off single peaked just outside the Top 40 on the country charts, the album's title track (which was reprised from All I Need to Know) and the single "When I Close My Eyes" (which was previously recorded by Larry Stewart on his 1993 debut album Down the Road) both peaked at #2 on the Billboard country charts. Me and You was also Chesney's first gold-certified album.[7] A cover of Mac McAnally's 1990 single "Back Where I Come From" was also included on this album; although Chesney's version was never released as a single, it has become a staple of his concerts.

I Will Stand

I Will Stand, Chesney's third album for BNA, was released in 1997. "She's Got It All", which served as the album's lead-off single, became Chesney's first Billboard Number One single, spending three weeks at the top of the country charts.[7] The album's second single, "A Chance", peaked just shy of Top Ten, while its follow-up, "That's Why I'm Here", went to #2 on Billboard in 1998. ("That's Why I'm Here" reached Number One on Radio & Records, giving Chesney his third Number One overall.) Also in 1998, Chesney recorded a limited-edition single titled "Touchdown Tennessee". The single was a tribute to John Ward, a former broadcaster for the University of Tennessee Volunteers' football team; St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the John Ward Scholarship Fund received a portion of the single's sales.

Everywhere We Go

1999's Everywhere We Go, Chesney's fourth album for BNA, produced two consecutive Number One singles in "How Forever Feels" and "You Had Me from Hello" (the latter inspired by a line in the movie Jerry Maguire).[7] The album also produced two more hits: "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and "What I Need to Do",[7] which peaked at #11 and #8 on the country charts, respectively. Everywhere We Go was also Chesney's first platinum-selling album.[7]

Greatest Hits

By 2000, Chesney released his Greatest Hits compilation.[7] It included four new tracks, as well as re-recordings of "Fall in Love", "The Tin Man" and "Back Where I Come From". The new version of "The Tin Man" was one of the disc's three singles, with two of the new tracks, "I Lost It" and "Don't Happen Twice", also serving as singles.[7]

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems

Kenny Chesney performing in the East Room of the White House on May 16, 2006, at the official dinner for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Mrs. Janette Howard

The album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems was released in 2002. Its lead-off single, "Young", peaked at #2, while the follow-up "The Good Stuff" spent seven weeks at Number One, becoming Billboard's Number One country song of the year for 2002. A year later, Chesney recorded an album of Christmas music, titled All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan; the album's title track peaked at #30 on the country charts from holiday airplay.

When the Sun Goes Down

2004 saw the release of Chesney's album When the Sun Goes Down. Its lead-off single, "There Goes My Life", spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts; the album's title track, a duet with Uncle Kracker, was also a Number One. At the Country Music Association awards that year, When the Sun Goes Down won an award for Album of the Year.

Be as You Are and The Road and the Radio

In January 2005, Chesney released the album Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair), supporting the album with his Somewhere in the Sun Tour and in November 2005. Chesney released his second album of that year, The Road and the Radio, which produced three Number One singles: "Living in Fast Forward", "Summertime", and "Beer in Mexico", as well as Top Five hits in "Who You'd Be Today" and "You Save Me".

In February 2006, Chesney was presented with a plaque commemorating his sales of 25 million albums. On May 23 of the same year, Chesney was honored at the Academy of Country Music Awards as Entertainer of the Year. In 2007 he was once again named Entertainer of the Year.[8] On November 7, 2007 Chesney was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year for the third time in four years.

Late 2000s to present

Chesney, along with Tim McGraw, contributed to a version of Tracy Lawrence's single "Find Out Who Your Friends Are", which can be found on Lawrence's album For the Love. The official single version, featuring only Lawrence's vocals, was released in August 2006, but did not reach the Top 40 on the country charts until January 2007, when For the Love was released. After the album's release, the version with McGraw and Chesney began receiving significant airplay, helping to boost the single to Number One on the country charts. The song became Lawrence's first Number One single in eleven years, as well as the second-slowest climbing Number One single in the history of the Billboard music charts.

Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates

On September 11, 2007, Kenny released the album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. The album represented a move by Chesney to a more gulf and western sound with a number of "breezy, steel-drum island songs."[9] However, there was some controversy[citation needed] surrounding the release of this album, as Kanye West's album Graduation, as well as 50 Cent's album Curtis, were released on the same day. Kanye West and 50 Cent were in the midst of a competitive sales war, with 50 Cent claiming he'd end his solo rap career if West sold more albums than he did (remarks he later retracted as terms with his contract conflicted with the promise). Kenny Chesney, however, decided he'd give country music a place in the competition, claiming country artists were just as popular as rap artists. Chesney came in third place in number of record sales.

The album's lead-off single, "Never Wanted Nothing More", became Chesney's 12th Number One on the Billboard country charts.[10] On the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart dated for the week ending September 15, 2007, Chesney's single "Don't Blink" debuted at #16, setting a new record for the highest debut on that chart since the inception of SoundScan electronic tabulation in 1990.[11] This record was broken one week later by Garth Brooks' song "More Than a Memory", which debuted at Number One on the same chart, making it the first song ever to do so. The third single off the Just Who I Am album, "Shiftwork", a duet with George Strait peaked at #2 on the Billboard country chart. The 4th single, "Better as a Memory", became his 14th number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the chart week of June 28, 2008.

Chesney also co-wrote Rascal Flatts' 2007 single along with Djuan Edgerton, "Take Me There", which served as the lead-off single to their album Still Feels Good.[12]

Chesney's most recent charity work includes working with the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Chesney embarked on his 2008 tour titled "The Poets and Pirates Tour" on April 26. The tour focused on stadium venues and started at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. During the introduction for his set, Kenny's boot was caught between a hydraulic lift and the stage surface for over 30 seconds, causing a severe hematoma from the ankle down, with most of the damage centering in his toes. The injury did not cause him to postpone any shows, saying "He (the doctor) told me it's going to hurt – though nothing could hurt worse than Saturday, I don't think – and they can give me something to deaden the pain when I get out there. I also have to have a doctor standing by should something give, but I'm going to tape it up, and I'm going to get out there."[13]

On May 19, 2008, just a day after the 43rd Annual ACM Awards and winning ACM Entertainer of the Year, Chesney criticized the lack of choice in the producers' making the award fan-voted. "The entertainer of the year trophy is supposed to represent heart and passion and an amazing amount of sacrifice, commitment and focus," he said. "That's the way Garth won it four times, that's the way I won it, that's the way (George) Strait won it, Reba (McEntire), Alabama all those years. That's what it's supposed to represent."

Lucky Old Sun

On July 24, 2008 Kenny Chesney announced that he will be releasing a new single off an upcoming album entitled Lucky Old Sun. The song is titled "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and for the chart week of August 16, 2008, it has debuted at #22 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The album was released on October 14, 2008. [1]"Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" became a Number One hit. It was followed by a cover of Mac McAnally's 1990 single "Down the Road".

It was announced on December 2, 2008 that Chesney would perform at Gillette Stadium again in 2009, marking the fifth year in a row that Chesney will have played at the Foxboro, Massachusetts football field.[14] Chesney's tour this year will be entitled the Sun City Carnival Tour and will feature various venues both small and large to continue to keep his ticket prices down. [15]

Greatest Hits II

The Number One hit "Out Last Night" is the lead single from his Greatest Hits II album, released May 19 via BNA Records. The album's second single was a duet with Dave Matthews titled "I'm Alive."

In May 2010, Greatest Hits II will be released with two new tracks. One of these, "Ain't Back Yet," was sent to radio in February.

Personal life

On May 9, 2005 Kenny Chesney married actress Renee Zellweger in a ceremony on the island of St. John. They had met in January at a tsunami relief benefit concert. On September 15 of that same year, after only four months of marriage, they announced their plans for an annulment. Zellweger cited fraud as the reason in the related papers. After media scrutiny of her use of the word "fraud", she qualified the use of the term, stating it was "simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny's character". The annulment was finalized in late December 2005.

Afterward, Chesney was dating Amy Colley, a 24 year old former Miss Tennessee USA. The two were introduced by a mutual friend, but they broke up on April 21, 2009.

Tours

Chesney has won the Billboard Touring Award for Top Package Tour four consecutive years between 2005 and 2008.[16]

  • Greatest Hits Tour 2001
  • No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems Tour 2002
  • Margaritas N' Senorita's Tour 2003
  • Guitars, Tiki Bars & A Whole Lotta Love Tour 2004
  • Somewhere In The Sun Tour 2005
  • The Road & The Radio Tour 2006
  • Flip-Flop Summer Tour 2007
  • The Poets & Pirates Tour 2008
  • Sun City Carnival Tour 2009

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

Awards and nominations

  • Wins
  • 1997 ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2002 CMT Male Video of the Year: Young
  • 2002 CMT Video of the Year: Young
  • 2003 ACM Single Record of the Year: The Good Stuff
  • 2003 ACM Top Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2004 AMA Artist of the Year
  • 2004 CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • 2004 CMA Album of the Year: When The Sun Goes Down
  • 2004 CMT Hottest Video of the Year: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  • 2004 CMT Male Video of the Year: There Goes My Life
  • 2005 ACM Entertainer of the Year
  • 2005 ACM Triple Crown Winner
  • 2005 CMT Male Video of the Year: I Go Back
  • 2006 CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • 2006 ACM Entertainer of the Year
  • 2006 CMT Male Video of the Year: Who You Be Today
  • 2006 BMA Best Male Country Artist
  • 2006 BMA Best Country Artist
  • 2007 CMT Male Video of the Year: You Save Me
  • 2007 PCA Favorite Male Singer
  • 2007 ACM Entertainer of the Year
  • 2007 CMA Musical Event of the Year: Find Out Who Your Friends Are
  • 2007 CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • 2008 ACM Entertainer of the Year
  • 2008 ACM Vocal Event of the Year: Find Out Who Your Friends Are
  • 2008 FACM Best Duo of the Year: Every Other Weekend
  • 2008 CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • Nominations
  • 1999 CMA Music Video of the Year: How Forever Feels
  • 1999 CMA Horizon Award
  • 2000 ACM Top Male Vocalist
  • 2001 ACM Top Male Vocalist
  • 2002 ACM Top Male Vocalist
  • 2002 CMA Album of the Year: No Shows, No Shirt, No Problems
  • 2002 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2003 CMT Hottest Video of the Year: The Good Stuff
  • 2003 CMT Male Video of the Year: The Good Stuff
  • 2003 CMT Video of the Year: The Good Stuff
  • 2003 ACM Song of the Year: A lot of Things Different
  • 2003 ACM Album of the Year: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  • 2003 ACM Entertainer of the Year
  • 2003 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2003 CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • 2004 CMT Video of the Year: There Goes My Life
  • 2004 ACM Song of the Year: There Goes My Life
  • 2004 ACM Top Male Vocalist
  • 2004 ACM Entertainer of the Year
  • 2004 CMA Musical Event of the Year: Hey Good Lookin
  • 2004 CMA Musical Event of the Year: When the Sun Goes Down
  • 2004 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2004 AMA Best Male Country Artist
  • 2005 CMT Video of the Year: I Go Back
  • 2005 CMT Hottest Video of the Year: Old Blue Chair
  • 2005 CMT Collabortive Video of the Year: Hey Good Lookin
  • 2005 ACM Vocal Event of the Year: When the Sun Goes Down
  • 2005 ACM Album of the Year: When the Sun Goes Down
  • 2005 ACM Top Male Vocalist
  • 2005 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year
  • 2005 AMA Best Male Country Artist
  • 2006 CMT Video of the Year: Who You Be Today
  • 2006 ACM Top Male Vocalist
  • 2006 CMA Single of the Year: Summertime
  • 2006 CMA Album of the Year: The Road and the Radio
  • 2006 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2006 AMA Best Male Country Artist
  • 2006 BMA Best Country Album: The Road and the Radio
  • 2006 BMA Best Country Song: Summertime
  • 2007 CMT Video of the Year: You Save Me
  • 2007 ACM Top Male Vocalist
  • 2007 CMA Music Video of the Year: You Save Me
  • 2007 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2008 PCA Favorite Country Song: Never Wanted Nothing More
  • 2008 CMT Tearjerker Video of the Year: Don't Blink
  • 2008 CMT Male Video of the Year: Don't Blink
  • 2008 CMT Video of the Year: Don't Blink
  • 2008 ACM Video of the Year: Don't Blink
  • 2008 ACM Vocal Event of the Year: Shiftwork
  • 2008 ACM Single Record of the Year: Don't Blink
  • 2008 ACM Song of the Year: Don't Blink
  • 2008 ACM Album of the Year: Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates
  • 2008 ACM Top Male Vocalist
  • 2008 CMA Music Video of the Year "Don't Blink"
  • 2008 CMA Musical Event of the Year "Every Other Weekend"
  • 2008 CMA Musical Event of the Year "Shiftwork"
  • 2008 CMA Single of the Year "Don't Blink"
  • 2008 CMA Album of the Year "Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates"
  • 2008 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2008 AMA Favorite Male Country Singer
  • 2009 PCA Favorite Male Singer
  • 2009 Grammy Best Collaborations w/ Vocals: Shiftwork
  • 2009 ACM Vocal Event of the Year: Down the Road
  • 2009 ACM Top Male Vocalist
  • 2009 ACM Entertainer of the Year

See also

References

  1. ^ "Three ACM Wins in a Row for Chesney". CBS News. 2007-05-15. http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/15/music_country/main2808891.shtml. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  2. ^ "CMT.com : Kenny Chesney : Biography". CMT.com. http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/chesney_kenny/bio.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Peter (2007-09-18). "Kenny Chesney climbs the chart". The Shreveport Times. http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070918/LIVING08/709180301/1005/ENT. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  4. ^ Chesney, Kenny (2007-09-24). "From Good Times to Demons: Who I Really Am". Country Weekly 14 (20): 36–43. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  5. ^ Kenny Chesney Biography, retrieved 2007-08-14
  6. ^ a b "Kenny Chesney: 1998 Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts". ETSU Alumni Association. http://www.etsu.edu/alumni/award/98award_chesney.asp. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Huey, Steve. "allmusic ((( Kenny Chesney - Biography )))". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:0vfwxqe5ldhe~T1. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (2006-05-24). "Kenny Chesney wins entertainer of the year". MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12940538/. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  9. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Review of Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates at Allmusic.com
  10. ^ "Kenny Chesney sets record with "Never Wanted Nothing More"". CountryStandardTime.com. http://www.countrystandardtime.com/news/newsitem.asp?xid=791&t=Kenny_Chesney_sets_record_with_Never_Wanted_Nothing_More. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  11. ^ ""Don't Blink" Is Billboard's Highest Chart Debut Ever!". Kenny Chesney.com. http://www.kennychesney.com/news-full.html?pId=1804. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  12. ^ "Rascal Flatts' New Single Co-Written by Kenny Chesney". cmt.com. http://www.cmt.com/artists/news/1563929/20070702/rascal_flatts.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  13. ^ CMT : News : Despite Injury, Kenny Chesney's Tour Continues As Planned
  14. ^ "Chesney Playing Gillette Stadium Again in 2009". ChesneyWorld.com. http://www.chesneyworld.com/2008/12/02/chesney-playing-gillette-stadium-again-in-2009/. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  15. ^ "Kenny Chesney Playing a Dozen Stadium Shows in 2009". Country Music Television. 2009-01-20. http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1603118/kenny-chesney-playing-a-dozen-stadium-shows-in-2009.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  16. ^ Kilgor, Kym (November 21, 2008). "The Boss leads Billboard Touring Awards". Live Daily. http://www.livedaily.com/news/15267.html. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 

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Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney in concert at Madison Square Garden
Background information
Birth name Kenneth Arnold Chesney
Born March 26, 1968(1968-03-26) in Knoxville, Tennessee
Origin Luttrell, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupations Singer/songwriter
Years active 1990–present
Labels Capricorn, BNA
Associated acts Buddy Cannon, George Strait, Uncle Kracker
Website www.kennychesney.com

Kenneth Arnold Chesney (born March 26, 1968 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a American country music singer and songwriter.

Chesney married actress and producer Renée Zellweger briefly in 2005 until Zellweger got a filed an annulment letter.

Chesney has won many CMT awards as well as many other country music awards.

Albums

Year Album
1994 In My Wildest Dreams
1995 All I Need to Know
1996 Me and You
1997 I Will Stand
1999 Everywhere We Go
2002 No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
2004 When the Sun Goes Down
2005 Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)
2005 The Road and the Radio
2007 Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates
2008 Lucky Old Sun
2010 Hemingway's Whiskey

Websites

Kenny Chesney's Official website


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