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Kenny Chesney

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Biography

Contemporary country star Kenny Chesney didn't have the immediate breakout success that many of his peers enjoyed upon signing with major labels, but gradually built up a significant following via hard work, pop-friendly ballads, and a likable "Average Joe" persona. Chesney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1968 and raised in the nearby small town of Luttrell, best known as the home of Chet Atkins. He grew up listening to both country and rock & roll, but didn't get serious about music until college, when he studied marketing at East Tennessee State University. He received a guitar as a Christmas present and set about practicing, and was soon performing with the college bluegrass band. He soon started writing songs as well and played for tips in local venues -- most often a Mexican restaurant -- every night he could; additionally, he managed to sell 1,000 copies of a self-released demo album. After graduation in 1991, he moved to Nashville and became the resident performer at The Turf, a rough honky tonk in the city's historic district. Although he gained experience, it wasn't the sort of place where he'd be discovered, and in 1992 he moved on to a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose. From there he landed a record contract with Capricorn and released his debut album, In My Wildest Dreams, in late 1993. Unfortunately for Chesney, Capricorn wasn't much of a country label; not only was the album underpromoted, but the label's country division shut down completely not long after its release. Still, it sold 100,000 copies and caught the attention of several major labels. Chesney ended up signing with RCA subsidiary BNA, which released All I Need to Know in 1995. The album gave him his first two Top Ten hits in the title track and "Fall in Love." His follow-up, 1996's Me and You, became his first album to go gold, thanks to two number two singles in the title track and "When I Close My Eyes." Released in 1997, I Will Stand was another gold-selling effort that gave Chesney his first-ever number one hit in "She's Got It All," plus another number two with "That's Why I'm Here." His big-time breakthrough, however, came with 1999's Everywhere We Go, which sold over two-million copies and spawned two number one hits with "You Had Me from Hello" and "How Forever Feels"; it also featured another Top Ten single in "What I Need to Do," and another, "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," that just missed. In 2000, Chesney issued his first Greatest Hits compilation, and two newly recorded songs -- "I Lost It" and "Don't Happen Twice" -- which went to number three and number one, respectively. Greatest Hits became Chesney's second straight double-platinum release and topped the country LP chart. He followed it with the all-new No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem in early 2002, which gave him his strongest commercial performance yet. It, too, hit number one on the country album chart and spun off four Top Ten singles in "Young," the number one "The Good Stuff," the Bill Anderson co-write "A Lot of Things Different," and "Big Star." A Christmas album plugged the gap for 2003, and he had a strong return with 2004's When the Sun Goes Down, which won in the Album of the Year category at the Country Music Awards. He repeated the win, this time as Entertainer of the Year, with Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair). Chesney found himself the subject of much tabloid fodder in 2005 with his surprise marriage to actress Renée Zellweger (he had composed 1999's "You Had Me from Hello" after watching Zellweger in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire). The pair split that same year, citing irreconcilable differences, and Chesney released the chart-topping The Road and the Radio in November. In the years that followed, Chesney kept busy, releasing Live: Live Those Songs Again in 2006 and Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates in 2007. In April 2010, Chesney and director Joe Thomas released the 3-D concert film Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D. Taken from his 2009 Sun City Carnival Tour, the film included 23 songs from six stadium shows, shot in 3-D, interspersed with interviews and home movies. A completely new studio album, Hemingway's Whiskey, named after a Guy Clark song, also appeared in 2010. His 13th studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, arrived in 2012. Welcome to the Fishbowl performed respectably, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 and generating the number one country single "Come Over," along with the Top 20 hits "Feel Like a Rock Star" and "El Cerrito Place." Following its release, Chesney's label BNA shuttered and he jumped over to Columbia Nashville, which released Life on a Rock in April 2013. The album hit number one, and the single "Pirate Flag" reached the country Top Ten. Chesney quickly followed Life on a Rock with The Big Revival. A conscious shift toward a brighter sound, The Big Revival was Chesney's liveliest work of the decade, as evidenced by its first single, "American Kids," a singalong that peaked at number two on the country chart. Upon its September 2014 release, The Big Revival debuted at number two on Billboard's Top 200 and number one on the country chart, and it spawned three additional country Top Ten singles: "Til It's Gone," the Grace Potter duet "Wild Child," and "Save It for a Rainy Day." In the spring of 2016, Chesney returned with "Noise," the first single from Cosmic Hallelujah, the full-length album that was originally called Some Town Somewhere and scheduled for July release, but was retitled and rescheduled for October that same year. Chesney followed Cosmic Hallelujah in October 2017 with the double-disc Live in No Shoes Nation, his first live album in a decade. ~ Steve Huey
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy
  3.   American Kids
  4.   No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  5.   You and Tequila by Grace Potter
  6.   Summertime
  7.   Setting the World on Fire by Pink
  8.   Don't Happen Twice
  9.   Young
  10.   Somewhere with You
  11.   Pirate Flag
  12.   When the Sun Goes Down
  13.   The Good Stuff
  14.   Never Wanted Nothing More
  15.   Live a Little
  16.   All the Pretty Girls
  17.   Out Last Night
  18.   Big Star
  19.   Beer in Mexico
  20.   Come Over
  21.   Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
  22.   Til It's Gone
  23.   Feel Like A Rock Star by Tim McGraw
  24.   How Forever Feels
  25.   Save It for a Rainy Day
  26.   Living in Fast Forward
  27.   There Goes My Life
  28.   The Boys of Fall
  29.   Don't Blink
  30.   I Go Back
  31.   Reality
  32.   Bar at the End of the World
  33.   Anything But Mine
  34.   You Save Me
  35.   Who You'd Be Today
  36.   Jingle Bells
  37.   Silver Bells
  38.   She's Got It All
  39.   You Had Me from Hello
  40.   Get Along
  41.   Noise
  42.   Keg in the Closet
  43.   Better as a Memory
  44.   El Cerrito Place
  45.   I'm Alive by Dave Matthews
  46.   Wild Child
  47.   Ain't Back Yet
  48.   Silent Night
  49.   O Little Town of Bethlehem
  50.   Me and You
  51.   Down the Road by Mac McAnally
  52.   A Lot of Things Different
  53.   What I Need to Do
  54.   When I See This Bar
  55.   When I Close My Eyes
  56.   Back Where I Come From
  57.   Fall in Love
  58.   Shiftwork
  59.   I Lost It
  60.   The Woman with You
  61.   Coastal
  62.   I Can't Go There
  63.   All I Need to Know
  64.   All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan
  65.   Grandpa Told Me So
  66.   That's Why I'm Here
  67.   Ten with a Two
  68.   Seven Days
  69.   Got a Little Crazy
  70.   A Chance
  71.   Baptism
  72.   Away in a Manger
  73.   Live Those Songs
  74.   Thank God for Kids
  75.   Christmas in Blue Chair Bay
  76.   Just a Kid
  77.   That Lucky Old Sun by Willie Nelson
  78.   Old Blue Chair
  79.   The Life
  80.   Key's in the Conch Shell
  81.   Spread the Love
  82.   Boats
  83.   Nowhere to Go, Nowhere to Be
  84.   Guitars and Tiki Bars
  85.   I Might Get Over You
  86.   Island Boy
  87.   The Tin Man
  88.   Wild Ride
  89.   Boston
  90.   Christmas in Dixie
  91.   Somewhere in the Sun
  92.   Flora-Bama
  93.   Way Down Here
  94.   Magic
  95.   Key Lime Pie
  96.   Rich and Miserable
  97.   I Remember
  98.   Spirit of a Storm
  99.   Please Come to Boston
  100.   Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
  101.   Coach
  102.   Bucket
  103.