Kenny Chesney, born on March 26, 1968, is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He launched his career with the release of his debut album, “In My Wildest Dreams,” in 1994. He currently has 19 hit studio albums to his credit. Twelve of these albums have been certified gold, while two have been certified platinum. He has sold more than 30 million albums. In addition, Chesney has more than 40 singles, which have reached the Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. He has also gone on several sold-out musical tours. ‘The Big Revival Tour’ in 2015 attracted over a million audiences and grossed $114,094,584 in ticket sales. Chesney won the Billboard ‘Touring Award’ for Top Package Tour for five consecutive years between 2005 and 2009 and again in 2011. He was also named ‘The Entertainer of the Year’ consecutively from 2005 to 2008. We are delighted to celebrate this great musician in our own very special way right here.
Kenneth Arnold Chesney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to David Chesney, an elementary school teacher, and Karen Chandler, a hairstylist. He has a younger sister named Jennifer Chandler. Chesney studied at Gibbs High School and graduated in 1986. In the same year, he received his first guitar as a Christmas present from his mother. He soon taught himself how to play the instrument. He then enrolled at East Tennessee State University, where he studied advertising.
In 1989, he recorded a musical album and released it on his own. The album sold over 1000 copies, and he bought a new guitar from the proceeds of the album sales. Chesney graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1990. He then headed for Nashville, where he performed at local clubs and became the resident singer at The Turf. Capricorn Records released his debut album, “My Wildest Dream,” in 1994. He released his first platinum-selling album, “Everywhere We Go,” in 1999. It contained popular country songs such as ‘How Forever Feels,’ ‘You Had Me From Hello,’ ‘She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,’ ‘What I Need to Do,’ e.t.c.
On September 26, 2000, Chesney released his compilation album “Greatest Hits.” To promote this album, he went on the ‘Greatest Hits Tour’ in 2001. It was his first musical tour. He released his first live album called “Live Those Songs Again” in 2006. It includes a live rendition of 15 of his songs. This was also when he went on The Road and The Radio Tour. In 2010, Chesney released a new album titled “Hemmingway Whiskey.” Chesney married actress Renée Zellweger on May 9, 2005. The marriage, however, did not last long — they separated after four months. He is currently in a long-term relationship with Mary Nolan.
Chesney releases “In My Wildest Dreams.”
Chesney wins the ‘New Male Vocalist of the Year’ Academy of Country Music award.
Chesney releases “Greatest Hits.”
Chesney wins his fourth award at the Country Music Association Awards.
He wins the’ Top Country Tour’ award.
Why We Love Kenny Chesney
He is more than just a musician
Besides being a musician, Chesney is a successful entrepreneur thanks to his 100% ownership of the premium rum brand Blue Chair Bay Rum. The business is thriving and highly lucrative.
He is a mental health awareness advocate
Chesney is all about mental health and uses his platform to talk about it. He wrote a song titled ‘While He Still Knows Who I Am’ to highlight the challenges faced when dealing with Alzheimer's disease.
He is consistent
Chesney has been in the country music scene for several decades. He has released many albums and hit singles. Chesney’s consistency and devotion to his craft have helped him stay at the top of his game for so long.
5 Surprising Facts
He owns a jet
Chesney owns a private jet registered with the name N.7.K.C., which represents his initials.
He named his first guitar
After getting a guitar as his Christmas gift when he was younger, he named it the Terminator and taught himself how to play it.
He wanted to be an athlete
Growing up, Chesney had aspirations of becoming an athlete — however, his height discouraged him from pursuing that dream.
He showers three times a day
Chesney revealed that he hates being sticky.
He wrote a song about grilled cheese
He loves the sandwich so much that he wrote about it.
Kenny Chesney FAQs
Who was Kenny Chesney’s wife?
Chesney married actress Renée Zellweger in 2005. The marriage was, however, short-lived.
What is Kenny Chesney’s net worth?
Chesney is worth an estimated $42 million as of 2022.
Why is Kenny Chesney so rich?
Thanks to many hit songs, albums, and several sold-out tours, the country singer has accumulated a lot of wealth.
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