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Kenny Chesney Biography - From Rough Life to The Top Country Charts

For those who have heard of this personality, but have never had the chance of knowing some details about Kenny Chesney, this piece promises to inform you with the necessary information about him.

On the 26th March, 1968, this country music singer, songwriter and record producer of American origin was born. Up to date, he has an amazing number of albums, totalling 20. Out of which, 14 have been endorsed Gold or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Kenny Chesney is also known to have released more than 40 top 10 singles, among which 29 of them, have attained the first spot on the United States Billboard Hot country songs and Country Airplay charts.

Early Years

Kenny Chesney is regarded as one of the most flourishing crossover country artists, based on the fact that a good number of his songs have been charted within the Top 40 of the US billboard Hot 100. Currently, he has over 30 million albums sales to his credit.

Credits: Keith Allison | Flickr
Kenny playing
Kenny Chesney playing baseball

Being birthed at St. Mary’s Medical centre in Knoxville, Tennessee, he was bred in Luttrell, having a mixed descent of English and Irish. His father, David Chesney, once worked as a teacher in an elementary school, while the mother, Karen Chandler, was a hair dresser in Knoxville. Chesney only had a younger sibling, Jennifer Chandler. 

Starting Career

Chesney wrapped up his high school education at Gibbs High school in 1986, having learnt the basics of Football and Baseball. One Christmas, he got his first guitar, and this marked a prominent point in history for him, he started taking self-tutorials, and with time, he learnt how to play it.

Kenny Chesney landed his first recording deal, in what seemed like magic. It happened in 1992 when he was recommended by Clay Bradley, the leader of writer relations at BMI to Troy Tomlinson, his friend who worked at Opryland Music Group. Chesney later had to perform a couple of songs, five to be exact, and Tomlinson was so thrilled. Later that day, Chesney got himself a recording deal. The next year, he got another contract with Capricorn records because he showed up at a songwriter’s show.

First Album

His first album was titled “In my wildest dreams” which was released in 1994, under the stables of Capricorn records. The total number of album sales prior to when Capricorn records collapsed its branch in Nashville, was few figures shy of 10,000 copies. After this huge success, a good number of albums follow, and back-to-back success was recorded.

Collaborations

Concerning collaborations, Kenny Chesney had quite a number. He had a collaboration with one of the personalities which he looked up to, Jimmy Buffett. He also had another with Tim McGraw, Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley. Kenny Chesney also worked on a duet with Reba McEntire, the song was featured in her 2007 album, and it made some waves. The album sold more than 2 million copies, and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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Kenny at Tortuga Festival
Kenny Chesney at Tortuga Music Festival

Rough Life

Chesney has had a bit of a rough life. In 2000, he and a friend, Tim McGraw, had a brawl with police personnel, they were arrested and charged to court. They later got free from the case in 2001. In 2005, he married Renee Zellweger who happened to be an actress. That same year, just four months after their wedding, they made an announcement stating plans to dissolve their marriage.

Charity

Forbes in 2015, assessed Kenny Chesney’s annual income to be $42 million. Chesney has done a bit of Philanthropy, as he assisted the victims of the U.S. and British Virgin Island, who were affected by the Hurricane. He founded a charity fund, and contributed all the earnings he got from SONGS FROM THE SAINTS.

Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney life story
Born: March 26, 1968 (age 54 years)

Tour: on tour now
Events: 24 dates on sale

Upcoming concerts
Wednesday
Mar 15, 2023
6:45PM
NRG Stadium
Houston, TX
Thursday
Mar 23, 2023
7:30PM
John Paul Jones Arena
Charlottesville, VA
Saturday
Mar 25, 2023
7:00PM
Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, PA
Thursday
Mar 30, 2023
7:30PM
INTRUST Bank Arena
Wichita, KS
Saturday
Apr 01, 2023
7:30PM
Paycom Center
Oklahoma City, OK
Thursday
Apr 06, 2023
8:00PM
Mohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, CT
Saturday
Apr 08, 2023
7:30PM
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Wilkes Barre, PA
Wednesday
Apr 12, 2023
7:30PM
Legacy Arena
Birmingham, AL
Friday
Apr 14, 2023
12:00PM
Tortuga Music Festival
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Friday
Apr 14, 2023
7:30PM
Daily's Place Amphitheater
Jacksonville, FL
Saturday
Apr 22, 2023
7:30PM
Simmons Bank Arena
North Little Rock, AR
Tuesday
Apr 25, 2023
7:30PM
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
Thursday
Apr 27, 2023
7:30PM
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Greenville, SC
Saturday
Apr 29, 2023
7:30PM
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC
Thursday
May 04, 2023
7:30PM
Vibrant Arena
Moline, IL
Saturday
May 06, 2023
7:30PM
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, MI
Tuesday
May 09, 2023
7:30PM
Alerus Center
Grand Forks, ND
Thursday
May 11, 2023
7:30PM
Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sioux Falls, SD
Saturday
May 13, 2023
7:30PM
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln, NE
Thursday
May 18, 2023
7:30PM
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Fort Wayne, IN
Saturday
May 20, 2023
7:30PM
Ford Center
Evansville, IN
Thursday
May 25, 2023
7:30PM
Credit One Stadium
Charleston, SC
Saturday
May 27, 2023
7:30PM
The Wharf Amphitheatre
Orange Beach, AL
Friday
Jun 23, 2023
8:00AM
Enjoie Golf Course
Endicott, NY