Country music singer Kenny Chesney, who was a Boston Red Sox fanatic, began his life in a very small town. His school teacher father David Chesney and hairdresser mother Karen Chandler sent him into a small elementary before he attended Gibbs High School and later studied at East Tennessee State University, majoring in marketing. He once joined the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity while working several jobs despite his activities in college. He previously worked as a valet parking, telemarketing, and mail sorter in his spare time.
Kenny, who was born Kenneth Arnold Chesney on March 26, 1968, in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, had been passionate about music since he was just a kid. Nevertheless, his desire for music was started after he got his first guitar as a Christmas present when he was 19. Kenny's biggest musical influence was, in fact, the America's most successful hit maker Conway Twitty.
In 1995, Kenny released an album "All I Need to Know" with its major hit "Fall in Love" which reached the Top 10. Several of his next singles unfortunately failed in the market, but his two albums namely "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (2002) and "When the Sun Goes Down" (2004) had both made him a household name. His 1995 single "The Tin Man," in addition, was listed in his "Greatest Hits" album released in 2000. The singer narrowly escaped the 9/11 tragedy because the video shoot for "The Tin Man" single that was supposed to take place between the two towers was delayed due to equipment difficulties.
As a result of his astounding accomplishment in music, Kenny was tapped to take part in the 40th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music with other celebs, including Reba McEntire and Montgomery Gent. In addition, he earned several awards. In 2002 he received a CMT Flameworthy Video Music Award for Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year with the single "Young." Later in 2004, he achieved another CMT Flameworthy Video Music Award for Male Video of the Year for "There Goes My Life" and Hottest Video of the Year for his album "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems." In the same year, he won a Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year through "When the Sun Goes Down."
Kenny, who once was forced to cancel the opening date of his new tour after tearing his right ankle ligaments, was married to actress Renee Zellweger. He once admitted that Renee was his favorite actress who later inspired him to write a song, "You Had Me From Hello". The couple married on May 9, 2005, on the resort island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Sad to say that after only four months living their life as husband-and-wife, Renee and Chesney decided to have their marriage annulled with further details on the reason behind remained undisclosed.
Amidst the difficult time, Kenny kept working on his music career, scored another hit album entitled "The Road and the Radio," which was released on November 8, 2005. Not only this album scored great in music charts, but also successfully sold more than 469,000 copies only a week after its release. Shortly thereafter, on December 20 his divorce to Renee was finalized.
Instead of immersing in grief, Kenny was shining in the next few years. His album sale reached the number 25 million and therefore earned him a plaque to commemorate it in February 2006. His achievement in music industry was acknowledged in Academy Country Music Awards. In the event, he had consecutively won the award for Entertainer of the Year starting from 2005. Although releasing 2 albums in 2005, Kenny spent a longer time working on the twelfth album.
The record titled "Live Those Songs Again" was released in September 2006 and received platinum sale. In between the promotion of the CD and doing numerous collaborations, Kenny had some time off to "search his soul, dig a little deeper and look for ways to tell the truths, moments and feelings of people like him." It was another year before Kenny was ready to release another record. "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" was released in 2007 with "Never Wanted More" as first single.
The next album "Lucky Old Sun" was released in the next year, which meant that it only took less than a year for him to finish it. Despite the close gap with its predecessor, the album soared higher than "Just Who I Am". It peaked at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200, two spots higher that the previous effort. The album was followed by a massive North American tour which covered both small and large venues across the country.
Fresh from completing his road trip, Kenny returned to studio and started working on his 13th studio album "Hemingway's Whiskey". He claimed the first place on the U.S. albums chart again. Selling 183,000 copies in its opening week, the album won over strong competitor Lil Wayne's "I'm Not a Human Being". It marked his sixth chart topper during his career in country music industry.