Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney


3/26/1968, Knoxville, Tennesse

Birth Name

Kenneth Arnold Chesney


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Kenny Chesney was born March 26, 1968, in Knoxville, Tenn., and raised in nearby Luttrell. He attended college at East Tennessee State in Johnson City and became a fixture in the area's venues, including Chuckie's Trading Post and Quarterback's Barbecue. "The scene up there then was mostly blues,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kenny was ranked #45 in the Top 50 Videos of 2007 for his video "Summertime".

    • Kenny Chesney won the entertainer of the year award at the 40th Annual Country Music Association Awards in 2006.

    • Kenny Chesney's tour "Senoritas and Margaritas" was the top selling country tour in 2002.

    • In 1997, Kenny Chesney won an ACM award for "Top New Male Vocalist."

    • Kenny Chesney released his debut album in 1994. It was called In My Wildest Dreams, and it sold over 100,000 copies.

    • Some of Kenny Chesney's favorite songs are "Nobody In His Right Mind" by George Strait, and "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Keith Whitley.

    • Kenny Chesney's favorite candy is M&Ms.

    • When Kenny Chesney was nineteen, he got his first guitar as a Christmas present.

    • Kenny Chesney first tried to play the guitar when he was in the fifth grade.

    • Kenny Chesney first moved to Nashville on January 13, 1991.

    • Some of the jobs that Kenny Chesney had when he was younger were a telemarketer, mail room sorter, and he used to valet park cars.

    • Kenny Chesney's favorite things to do are play golf, play football, go boating, read, and work out.

    • Kenny Chesney's favorite sports teams are the Chicago Cubs, the Tennessee Volunteers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Atlanta Braves.

    • Kenny Chesney's favorite TV show is Friends.

    • Kenny Chesney's favorite movies are Forrest Gump and Almost Famous.

    • Kenny Chesney's favorite book is The Firm by John Grisham.

    • Kenny Chesney's favorite color is blue.

    • Kenny Chesney went to Gibbs High School.

    • Kenny Chesney's nicknames are Bubba and Buh, which his younger sister calls him.

    • Kenny Chesney has had more than twenty Top Ten songs on the Billboard Charts.

    • Kenny Chesney's discography includes:
      "In My Wildest Dreams" released in 1993
      "All I Need To Know" released in 1995
      "Me And You" released in 1996
      "I Will Stand" released in 1997
      "Everywhere We Go" released in 1999
      "Greatest Hits" released in 2000
      "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" released in 2002
      "All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan" released in 2003
      "When The Sun Goes Down" released in 2004
      "Be As You Are: Songs from an Old Blue Chair" released in 2005
      "The Road and the Radio" released in 2006

    • Some of Kenny Chesney's favorite food are fried potatoes with peanut butter, and macaroni with tomatoes.

    • Kenny Chesney's favorite sports are football, NASCAR, and baseball.

    • In 1990, Kenny Chesney graduated with a degree in marketing from East Tennessee State University.

    • Kenny won the 2006 Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year.

    • On the CMT Top 20 Videos of 2005, he held the #8 (Who You'd Be Today) and #2 (Anything But Mine) slots.

    • Kenny's new album The Road and the Radio debuted at #1.

    • Two of Kenny's albums "All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan" and "Be As You Are: Songs from an Old Blue Chair" both went platinum without a radio single or promotion.

    • He was nominated for 2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He lost both awards to Keith Urban.

    • He won the 2004 CMA Album of the Year for his record When the Sun Goes Down.

    • Chesney will have his first primetime network TV special Somewhere in the Sun on ABC, with concert footage from Pittsburgh's Heinz Field statidum on 11/23/2005.

    • Kenny's favorite musicians are Conway Twitty, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, George Jones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and James Taylor.

    • Began playing guitar in high school and didn't develop an interest in music until then.

    • The first record label that Kenny Chesney signed with was Acuff-Rose in 1992, and then he signed with Capricorn Records in 1993, but now is signed with BNA Records.

    • Has dark brown hair and blue eyes.

    • Currently resides in Gallatin, Tennessee near fellow country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

    • First steady gig was playing at a honkytonk called The Turf.

    • He has released one Christmas album All I Want For Christmas is a Real Good Tan.

    • He was nearly arrested in 2000 when he hopped on a police officer's horse at a fair in New York. Kenny was later aquitted of disorderly conduct.

    • His album Be As You Are: Songs From An Old Blue Chair was inspired by his love for the Florida keys and the Carribean islands.

    • The video for his song "The Tin Man" was supposed to be filmed between the two World Trade Center towers on 9/11/01. Due to equipment delays, filming for the video was set back and Kenny and the filming crew avoided being caught in the 9/11 tragedy.

    • Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney's marriage ceremony lasted 15 minutes.

    • "Anything But Mine" spent 17 weeks on the charts before becoming number one.

    • Kenny's 11 album The Road and the Radio will be released on November 8.

    • On September 15, 2005, Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger had their marriage annuled, citing "fraud" as the reason in the legal papers.

    • Musical influences are John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffet, and George Jones.

    • His song, "You Had Me From Hello," was written from Renee Zellweger's famous line in Jerry Maguire.

    • Married Renee Zellweger in the U.S. Virgin Islands on May 9, 2005.

  • Quotes

    • Kenny Chesney: (referring to his song "She Thinks My Tractors Sexy") Yeah, it's silly. But it's infectious, and it's written very well, and it made me laugh the first time I heard it. Music is like medicine to me, man. You've got to have serious things, and then you got to have "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" to have fun with and let your hair down. ... We're getting a bigger response from the "Tractor" thing then anything I've ever had out, and it's not even a single yet.

    • Kenny Chesney: (referring to his song "She Thinks My Tractors Sexy") The record company called me while I was out on the road. They told me they found this awesome song. I went in to listen to it, and I just fell in love with it. I just laugh every time I hear it. It's just a fun song that paints a great picture. When I heard it I said, "I've got to have that song." And we just tried to go in and have the most fun with it in the studio as we possibly could.

    • Kenny Chesney: (referring on his inspiration on writing songs) My inspiration comes from life in general. I keep my ears open. I overhear conversations in restaurants and on the street. I watch a lot of movies and TV, and I love to read. There are so many things that can be taken and made into songs -- everything that has an emotion to it. I just look for things that people can hang on to.

    • Kenny Chesney (referring to his love with Renee Zellweger) She and I fell in love like a couple of school kids. I'm glad to know that happens, that that exists.

    • Kenny Chesney: I'm very content being a bachelor. Not that I never think about getting married, I do. I want a family and want more balance in my life….Sometimes I wish I was like Alan Jackson or George Strait, who got married very young. That way you know (it's you, not the fame).

    • Kenny Chesney (on his short lived marriage): I'm sad, I'm angry, and I'm hurt and confused. This is not what I envisioned my life to be six months ago.

    • Kenny Chesney: Where I'm from, no matter what you listen to, you talk country, you think country, you are country. Your family's country. The food on your table's country. The church you go to on Sunday morning's country -- And that's a good thing. It means something. It stands form something. And, truly, when you scrape it all away, that is who I am.So that'll always be the place I come back to.

    • Kenny Chesney: I think you go through so many ups and so many downs in your life, in college and for the first time in your life nobody's there (in college) to help you work your way through it, that's where you learn to do that.

    • Kenny Chesney: I love living my life in flip-flops.

    • Kenny Chesney: When people hear me, I hope they say, 'he is very genuine and not plastic.' I want to be remembered as a guy who cut some really great songs, wrote some really great songs...and was real.

    • Kenny Chesney: Somewhere in my family tree, I don't know maybe five, 10 generations back, who knows, there is somebody that loved the islands. And I got it.

    • Kenny Chesney: This is my island therapy. To come out here, bartend, tell some jokes, hang out with the locals. I love it.

    • Kenny Chesney: I love songs that take me away to a certain place in my life. It doesn't have to be a country song. The important thing is if the song makes you feel something.

    • Kenny Chesney: I have met people in the islands who have sort of shown me a different way to walk through the world.

    • Kenny Chesney: I'm proud of the fact that I'm at a point in my career that if I want to take a little bit of a left turn and make an album that is more hushed, more acoustic and more personal, that I can do it.

    • Kenny Chesney: It's awesome to me the number of people who don't really know who you are, but who're finding this music now and are curious, and my attitude is always to let people have a sense of who you are, so they know where this music and these songs come from. Because it is my life, or the life of people I know.

    • Kenny Chesney: I like to rock and roll, but I'm a mushy guy, too. I want to be the guy that all the girls love and all the guys want to hang out with.

    • Kenny Chesney: What you see is kinda what you get with me. I'm a very real person, or I hope to be, anyway. I don't have nothing to hide.

    • Kenny Chesney: I don't think I ever feel sexy. I don't think that's for me to decide, if I'm sexy or not.

    • Kenny Chesney: Social topics may hit too close to home for people, but then again, if you pull a heartstring, then that's what country music is. It's not just songs about getting drunk and leaving your girl.

    • Kenny Chesney: There is absolutely no woman finer than one raised below the mason-dixon line and once you go southern may the good Lord help you, you never go back.

    • Kenny Chesney: Southern girls are God's gift to the entire male population.

    • Kenny Chesney: I hit everything so hard this year, I had the biggest tour I've ever done, I had a record to finish that was real important to me, and, of course, I had something new in my personal life and I was trying to do that too. It really ended up being too much.

    • Kenny Chesney (referring to his five month marriage to Renee Zellweger): I'm all right. I'm good. There have been better times, but I'll be ok.

    • Kenny (explaining why the word "fraud" was used by Renee Zellweger to annul their four-month marriage): We thought the least harmful (stated reason) was fraud because it (is) kind of broad ... doesn't specify. And boy ... we were wrong. The only fraud that was committed was me thinking that I knew what it was like ... that I really understood what it was like to be married, and I really didn't.

    • Kenny (defending himself against gay rumours): No, I'm not (gay),' but I didn't want to draw any more attention to it ... I didn't have to prove to anybody that I wasn't (gay). I didn't feel like I really did.

    • Kenny (Entertainer of the year acceptance speech in 2006): This year has in ways been the most emotionally satisfying year and also the most emotionally draining year of my life. There have been so many ups and downs, it's been like a huge emotional roller coaster ride.