Kenny Chesney or Kenneth Arnold Chesney is an American country music singer, songwriter and a record producer. He was born on March 26, 1968, at Knoxville, Tennessee.
His works and success include 20 albums of which 14 albums have been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. Also, he has produced more than 40 Top 10 singles which have been on the U.S Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. Most of his albums have been on the number one spot.
He has sold off over 30 million albums worldwide thereby making him one of the very few successful crossover country artists. He has won 6 Academy of Country Music Awards which included 4 Entertainer of the year award from 2005-2008. He also managed to win six awards from the Country Music Association. He is said to be the most popular country music artist for concerts. His concerts are always sold-old, and the highest grosser country tour was the 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour. He was honored by the Country Music Association with the Entertainer of the Year awards in the year 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He also received the Triple Crown Award in the year 2005.
Being of an English and Irish descent, country music was just inborn in him. His introduction to the world of music was when he received his first guitar where he began to teach himself on how to play it. A self-released demo album was recorded and while he was performing at the local clubs in Johnson City where he used the album sale money to buy him a new guitar. He graduated from East Tennessee State and then he set out to perform at clubs in Nashville. At Nashville district, Chesney became a resident performer at The Turf Bar.
Kerry Chesney was introduced by Clay Bradley who recommended to his friend Troy Tomlinson at Opryland Music Group by saying that he was a good singer, a good songwriter and above all he is a good person to be liked of. Chesney performed five songs during the audition which made Tomlinson’s reaction a one to watch for. He was enthusiastic and drawn to his talent.
Chesney had a songwriter’s contract done soon after the audition and just a year later at an appearance at the songwriter’s showcase made him sign a contract with the Capricorn Records who had a freshly started country division.
But the Capricorn Records couldn’t stand still as Chesney’s first album couldn’t do well and it was the lowest in the rankings. The records had to close its country music division in Nashville and move to Atlanta.
Then he signed with BNA Records and through that his second album "All I Need To Know" got released in the year 1995. The songs “Fall In Love” and “All I Need to Know” reached the top ten in Country Music ratings. In the same year, Chesney co-wrote Confederate Railroad’s “When He Was My Age” where fiddle and steel instrumentation was used to highlight the traditional Tennessee spirit and this made the county music popular.
“Me And You”, and “When I Close My Eyes” peaked at No.2 on the Billboard country charts. “Me and You” was his first gold-certified album. “She’s Got It All” was a top chartbuster at the Billboard country charts and “That’s Why I’m Here” was No.2. In the year 2002, the song “Young” was at No. 2 and “The Good Stuff” was at No. 1. The album “Everywhere We Go” was Chesney’s first platinum-selling album.
His recent charity works include the V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization founded with a goal to achieve victory over cancer. He also aided the victims of Hurricane Irma and provided shelter at his mansion, and set up a charitable fund to help the victims.