Kenny Chesney Bio
kenny chesney born Kenneth Arnold Chesney is an American country music singer, songwriter and record producer. He was born on March 26, 1968 in Knoxville, Tennessee, at St. Mary’s Medical Center and was raised in Luttrell. He is the son of David Chesney, a former elementary school teacher, and Karen Chandler, a hair stylist in the Knoxville area. He has one sibling, a younger sister, Jennifer Chandler.
Chesney graduated from Gibbs High School in 1986. He later studied marketing at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and graduated in 1990. While at the university, he was a member of the ETSU Bluegrass Program and the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
He grew up listening to both country and rock & roll, but didn’t get serious about music until college. He received a guitar as a Christmas present and set about practicing, and was soon performing with the college bluegrass band. He soon started writing songs as well and played for tips in local venues — most often a Mexican restaurant — every night he could; additionally, he managed to sell 1,000 copies of a self-released demo album.
In 1991, he moved to Nashville and became the resident performer at the Turf, a rougher honky tonk in the city’s historic district. While he gained experience, it wasn’t the sort of place where he’d be discovered, and in 1992, he moved on to a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose. From there he landed a record contract with Capricorn and released his debut album, In My Wildest Dreams, in late 1993. Unfortunately for Chesney, Capricorn wasn’t much of a country label; not only was the album underpromoted, but the label’s country division shut down completely not long after its release. Still, it sold 100,000 copies and caught the attention of several big-time major labels.
Chesney ended up signing with RCA subsidiary BNA, which released All I Need to Know in 1995. The album gave him his first two Top Ten hits in the title track and “Fall in Love.” His follow-up, 1996’s Me and You, became his first album to go gold, thanks to two number two singles in the title track and “When I Close My Eyes.” 1997’s I Will Stand was another gold-selling effort that gave Chesney his first-ever number one hit in “She’s Got It All,” plus another number two with “That’s Why I’m Here.”
His big-time breakthrough, however, came with 1999’s Everywhere We Go, which sold over two million copies and spawned two number one hits with “You Had Me from Hello” and “How Forever Feels”; it also featured another Top Ten single in “What I Need to Do,” and another, “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” that just missed. In 2000, Chesney issued his first Greatest Hits compilation, and two newly recorded songs — “I Lost It” and “Don’t Happen Twice” — went to number three and number one, respectively. Greatest Hits became Chesney’s second straight double-platinum release and topped the country LP charts.
He followed it with the all-new No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem in early 2002, which gave him his strongest commercial performance yet. It, too, hit number one on the country album charts and spun off four Top Ten singles in “Young,” the number one “The Good Stuff,” the Bill Anderson co-write “A Lot of Things Different,” and “Big Star.” A Christmas album plugged the gap for 2003, and he returned strongly with 2004’s When the Sun Goes Down, which won in the Album of the Year category at the Country Music Awards. He repeated the win, this time as Entertainer of the Year, with Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair).
Chesney found himself the subject of much tabloid fodder in 2005 with his surprise marriage to actress Renée Zellweger (he had composed 1999’s “You Had Me from Hello” after watching Zellweger in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire). The pair split that same year, citing irreconcilable differences, and Chesney released the chart-topping The Road and the Radio in November. In the years that followed, Chesney kept busy, releasing Live: Live Those Songs Again in 2006 and Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates in 2007.
Kenny Chesney Age
He was born on March 26, 1968.
Kenny Chesney Wife
Chesney married actress Renée Zellweger in a ceremony on the island of St. John on May 9, 2005 and annulled on December 20th, 2005.
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Kenny Chesney Girlfriend
Kenny Chesney has been dating the Miss Tennessee 2005 winner, Amy Colley since August 2008.
Kenny Chesney Net Worth
In 2015, Forbes estimated Chesney’s annual income at $42 million.
is Kenny Chesney Married
He is currently dating the Miss Tennessee 2005 winner, Amy Colley.
Kenny Chesney Songs
- Don’t Blink
- There Goes My Life
- Setting the World on Fire
- American Kids
- Come Over
- She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy
- You and Tequila
- When the Sun Goes Down
- Save It for a Rainy Day
- I Go Back
- No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
- Me & You
- Somewhere with You
- The Good Stuff
- The Boys of Fall
- How Forever Feels
- Anything but Mine
- You Had Me from Hello
- Pirate Flag
- All the Pretty Girls
- Bar at the End of the World
- Wild Child
- Back Where I Come From
- Who You’d Be Today
- Beer in Mexico
- Never Wanted Nothing More
- Don’t Happen Twice
- She’s Got It All
- Out Last Night
- Better as a Memory
- Living in Fast Forward