1. Kenneth Arnold “Kenny” Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer and songwriter.
2. He has recorded sixteen albums, fourteen of which have been certified gold or higher by the (RIAA).
3. He has also produced more than forty top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 28 of which have reached number 1 on the charts.
4. Most of these have also charted high within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 mainstream chart, making him one of the few successful crossover country artists.
5. He has received six Academy of Country Music awards (including four consecutive Entertainer of the Year awards from 2005 to 2008), as well as six awards from the Country Music Association.
6. He is one of the most popular touring acts in country music, regularly selling out the venues in which he performs.
7. The Country Music Association honored Chesney with the Entertainer of the Year award in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
8. Other notable awards that he received include the Academy of Country Music’s 1997 New Male Vocalist of the Year, 2002 Top Male Vocalist of the Year, and the Triple Crown Award in 2005.
9. He was awarded his fourth consecutive Entertainer of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music on May 18, 2008.
10. Chesney was born on March 26, 1968, in Knoxville, Tennessee, at St. Mary’s Medical Center and was raised in Corryton, and is of English and Irish descent.
11. He is the son of David Chesney, a former elementary school teacher, and Karen Chandler, a hair stylist in the Knoxville area.
12. In 1986, Chesney graduated from Gibbs High School, where he played baseball and football.
13. He received his first guitar, “The Terminor”, for Christmas and began teaching himself how to play it. In 1989, he recorded a self-released demo album at the Classic Recording Studio in Bristol, Virginia.
14. He sold 1,000 copies while performing at the local clubs in Johnson City and used the money from album sales to help himself buy a new guitar.
15. After graduation from East Tennessee State in 1990, he headed to Nashville and performed at several local clubs.
16. He became the resident performer at The Turf, a honky tonk bar in the city’s historic district.
17. In 1992, the head of writer relations at BMI, Clay Bradley, recommended Chesney to his friend at Opryland Music Group, Troy Tomlinson, by saying: “I met this kid today from East Tennessee.
18. He s a good singer, a good songwriter, and more than anything, I think you re going to really like him as a person. For the audition for Tomlinson, Chesney performed five songs.
19. “First of all I was attracted to the songs, because I thought that he painted great pictures in his lyrics, particularly for someone who had not been around the typical Music Row co-writes.
20. But more than anything there was a kind of this I-will-do-it look in his eyes – I was really drawn in by the fact that he was so set on being successful in this business.”