- Kenny Chesney
Infobox musical artist
Name = Kenny Chesney
Img_capt = Kenny Chesney performing May 11, 2007 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Kenneth Arnold Chesney
Born = birth date and age|1968|03|26
Origin = Knoxville,
Instrument = Vocals
Genre = Country
Years_active = 1993–present
Label = Capricorn
Gary Allan Luke Bryan Tracy Lawrence Reba McEntire Tim McGraw LeAnn Rimes George Strait Uncle Kracker
URL = [http://www.kennychesney.com www.kennychesney.com]
Kenny Chesney (born Kenneth Arnold Chesney,
March 26, 1968) is an American country musicartist. Since 1993, Chesney has recorded thirteen albums, eleven of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA. To date, he has also produced more than thirty Top Ten singles on the U.S. "Billboard" Hot Country Songscharts, fifteen of which reached Number One. In addition, Chesney has received six ACM (including four consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards),cite web |url=http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/15/music_country/main2808891.shtml |title=Three ACM Wins in a Row for Chesney |accessdate=2007-09-27 |date=2007-05-15 |work= CBS News] as well as five CMA awards. Chesney is also one of the most popular touring acts in country music, regularly selling out the venues at which he performs;cite web |url=http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/chesney_kenny/bio.jhtml |title=CMT.com : Kenny Chesney : Biography |accessdate=2007-09-27 |work=CMT.com] cite web |url=http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070918/LIVING08/709180301/1005/ENT |title=Kenny Chesney climbs the chart |accessdate=2007-09-27 |last=Cooper |first=Peter |date=2007-09-18 |work= The Shreveport Times] his 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour was the highest-grossing country road trip of 2007.cite journal |author=Chesney, Kenny |date=2007-09-24 |title=From Good Times to Demons: Who I Really Am |journal= Country Weekly|volume=14 |issue=20 |pages=36–43 |issn=1074-3235 |accessdate = 2007-10-06] He was awarded his 4th consecutive ACM Entertainer of the Year award on May 18, 2008.
Kenneth Arnold Chesney was born in
Knoxville, Tennessee. His mother Karen was, and still is, a hair stylist in the Knoxville area. He was raised in Luttrell, Tennesseeand attended Gibbs High School, where he was a receiver on the football team. [ [http://www.bandbiographies.com/kenny_chesney/biography.htm Kenny Chesney Biography] , retrieved 2007-08-14]
Chesney studied at
East Tennessee State Universityin Johnson City, Tennessee, where he joined Lambda Chi AlphaInternational Fraternity and was member of the ETSU Bluegrass Program. Chesney also played wider receiver on the ETSU football team. 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 Studioin Bristol, Virginia. A thousand copies were produced and Chesney sold them at his buskinggigs, using the money from album sales to help buy a new guitar.
In 1990, Chesney graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in advertising.cite web | title = Kenny Chesney: 1998 Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts | publisher = ETSU Alumni Association | url = http://www.etsu.edu/alumni/award/98award_chesney.asp | accessdate = 2007-02-16] 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.
Chesney's first album, "
In My Wildest Dreams", was released on the independent Capricorn Recordslabel 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 & Trackscharts. The album sold approximately 10,000 copies before Capricorn Records closed its country music division that year.cite web |url=http://wc07.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:0vfwxqe5ldhe~T1 |title=allmusic ((( Kenny Chesney > Biography ))) |accessdate=2007-09-27 |last=Huey |first= Steve |work= Allmusic] Shortly afterward, 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. "The Tin Man" was also included on this album, although it was not re-released as a single at the time.
Released in 1996, Chesney's second major-label album was "Me and You". 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. 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.
Late 1990s breakthrough
I Will Stand", Chesney's third album for Lucy and Cameron, 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. 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 TennesseeVolunteers' football team; St. Jude's Children's Hospitaland the John Ward Scholarship Fund received a portion of the single's sales.
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"). The album also produced two more hits: "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and "What I Need to Do", which peaked at #11 and #8 on the country charts, respectively. "Everywhere We Go" was also Chesney's first platinum-selling album.
Early to mid-2000s
By 2000, Chesney released his "Greatest Hits" compilation. 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.
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.
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.
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. The album was a lower key affair sonically than most of Chesney's recent albums.Fact|date=August 2007 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 MusicAwards as Entertainer of the Year. In 2007 he was once again named Entertainer of the Year.cite web | author = Associated Press | title = Kenny Chesney wins entertainer of the year | publisher = MSNBC | date = 2006-05-24| url = http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12940538/ | accessdate = 2007-02-16] On November 7, 2007 Cheseny 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 of 2006, but did not reach the Top 40 on the country charts until January of 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.
On September 11, 2007, Kenny released the album "". The album's lead-off single, "
Never Wanted Nothing More", became Chesney's twelfth Number One on the "Billboard" country charts. [cite web |url=http://www.countrystandardtime.com/news/newsitem.asp?xid=791&t=Kenny_Chesney_sets_record_with_Never_Wanted_Nothing_More |title=Kenny Chesney sets record with "Never Wanted Nothing More" |accessdate=2007-07-26 |format=html |work=CountryStandardTime.com] However, there was some controversy 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 musica place in the competition, claiming country artists were just as popular as rapartists. Chesney came in third place in number of record sales.
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 SoundScanelectronic tabulation in 1990. [cite web |url=http://www.kennychesney.com/news-full.html?pId=1804 |title="Don't Blink" Is Billboard's Highest Chart Debut Ever! |accessdate=2007-08-29 |format=html |work=Kenny Chesney.com] 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 went and peaked at #2 on the "Billboard" country chart. The 4th single, " Better as a Memory", has become his fourteenth number-one single on the "Billboard" Hot Country Songschart for the chart week of June 28, 2008.
Chesney also co-wrote
Rascal Flatts' 2007 single, "Take Me There", which served as the lead-off single to their album " Still Feels Good". [cite web |url=http://www.cmt.com/artists/news/1563929/20070702/rascal_flatts.jhtml |title=Rascal Flatts' New Single Co-Written by Kenny Chesney |accessdate=2007-07-17 |format=html |work=cmt.com]
Chesney's most recentwhen charity work includes working with the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Chesney embarked on his 2008 tour titled "The Poets and Pirates Tour" sponsored by
Coronaon April 26. The tour will focus on stadium venues and started at Williams-Brice Stadiumin 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 hematomafrom the ankle down, with most of the damage centering in his toes. Chesney stated that the injury will 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." [ [http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1586431/despite-injury-kenny-chesneys-tour-continues-as-planned.jhtml CMT : News : Despite Injury, Kenny Chesney's Tour Continues As Planned ] ]
On May 19th, 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." Many fans/media felt betrayed, however the majority gave Chesney a 'pat on the back' for expressing his opinion on national television."Fact|date=August 2008
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 Songschart. The album will be released on October 14th, 2008
On July 28, 2008 Kenny Chesney announced that he will be joining the line up for
Farm Aid2008 at the Comcast Centre in Mansfield, MA.
On September 20, 2008 Kenny played at the Farm Aid with Wille Nelson and many others.
On May 9, 2005 Kenny Chesney married actress
Renee Zellwegerin a ceremony at the island of St. John. They had met in January at a tsunami relief benefit concert. On September 15, 2005, 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.
Awards and Nominations
* 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
* 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 CMA Entertainer of the Year
* Total: 83 nominations that he was nominated. 26 wins and 57 nominations.
List of best-selling music artists
* [http://www.kennychesney.com/ Official Website]
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