Kenny Chesney has turned his love for the islands of the Caribbean into Country music mainstream success
Kenny Chesney: Beginnings
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1968, Kenny Chesney always had a love for music since an early age. Kenny Chesney got his start as a busker working around town in college. Kenny Chesney specialized in Jimmy Buffet covers as the songs were popular with bar patrons and Jimmy Buffet was a personal idol for Kenny Chesney. Kenny Chesney also recorded a demo CD which he sold to supplement his busking money. After graduating from college Kenny Chesney took his music act to Nashville where he visited every studio on Music Row. Kenny Chesney found a home at BMI records.
Kenny Chesney: Early Work
Kenny Chesney released his first album In My Wildest Dreams in 1994. It was a small indie album release and did not light up the music world but did respectable business. Single "Tin Man" would appear on a later major album. After the label cut its Country division Kenny Chesney moved to another record label. The album was All I Need to Know and had a trio of singles that did well on the charts with "Grandpa Told me So," "Fall in Love," and "All I Need to Know." All I Need to Know would eventually go gold and helped Kenny Chesney gain recognition in the Country music world.
Kenny Chesney truly hit his stride with Me and You. Its first single was not a high charter but single "When I Close My Eyes" was a No. 2 single as was "Me and You." The pair of singles made Kenny Chesney a star and pushed Me and You to gold and eventually platinum status. Mac McAnally cover "Back Where I Come From" has become a concert setlist staple for Kenny Chesney as well.
Kenny Chesney: Stardom
With his name becoming a big draw, Kenny Chesney released I Will Stand in 1997. Kenny Chesney scored his first No.1 hit with "She's Got it All," while "That's Why I'm Here" was a No.2 single. With the strength of these singles along with a ton of airplay, I Will Stand went platinum. Everywhere We Go followed with even more success. The album got off to a great start with "You Had Me From Hello" and "How Forever Feels" which were both No.1 singles. "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" was a video favorite as well. Everywhere We Go would go on to be multi platinum and Kenny Chesney was now a superstar in Country music.
Kenny Chesney: The Island Flavor
Kenny Chesney would soon show his fans that Country music was not big enough for him. Crossover success was in Kenny Chesney's future, and it took Kenny Chesney channeling his idol Jimmy Buffet to do so. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems mixed regular country with a flavor of the Caribbean. "Young" was a No.2 single and was both a video and radio favorite. "The Good Stuff" was a No.1 single and Kenny Chesney's biggest hit. "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" and "Big Star" were both No.2 hits. All in all, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems was a huge crossover hit for Kenny Chesney going No.1 on both Country and Billboard charts and earning platinum certification four times.
The island theme continued with When the Sun Goes Down. "When the Sun Goes Down" and "There Goes my Life" were both No.1 singles followed by No.2s "I Go Back" and "The Woman With You". "When the Sun Goes Down" featured Uncle Kracker and was also a hit on mainstream radio and video channels. "Anything But Mine" was another No.1. Not only did When the Sun Goes Down reach platinum four times, but it also earned Kenny Chesney a Grammy award. Kenny Chesney brought the island feel with him on the road with his Somewhere in the Sun tour that broke ticket sales records around the country.
The Road and the Radio was the next studio album and mixed in traditional country. Again it was a parade of No.1 hits with "Living in Fast Forward," "Beer in Mexico," and "Summertime." Heart-wrenching ballad "Who You'd Be Today" was a No.2 single but stayed on the charts for a very long time and was loved by the radio.
Kenny Chesney: The Future
After selling more than 25 million albums and racking up countless Country music awards Kenny Chesney continues to expand his fan base with gigantic tours that are consistently among the most sought-after tickets in the US. With the release of a new album Just Who I am: Poets & Pirates, Kenny Chesney has set out on a tour of the same name which will team Kenny Chesney with LeAnn Rimes. No. 1 singles "Never Wanted Nothing More" and "Don't Blink" continue the chart success and helped Kenny Chesney earn another platinum album.
Kenny Chesney: Greatest Hits
"Fall in Love" from the All I Need to Know album
"All I Need to Know" from the All I Need to Know album
"Me and You" for the Me and You album
"When I Close my Eyes" from the Me and You album
"She's Got it All" from the I Will Stand album
"That's Why I'm Here" from the I Will Stand album
"How Forever Feels" from the Everywhere We Go album
"You Had Me at Hello" from the Everywhere We Go album
"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" from the Everywhere We Go album
"Don't Happen Twice" from the Greatest Hits album
"Young" from the No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album
"The Good Stuff" from the No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album
"A Lot of Things Different" from the No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album
"Big Star" from the No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album
"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" from the No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album
"There Goes My Life" from the No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems album
"When the Sun Goes Down" from the When the Sun Goes Down album
"Hey Good Lookin'" from the When the Sun Goes Down album
"I Go Back" from the When the Sun Goes Down album
"The Woman With Me" from the When the Sun Goes Down album
"Anything But Mine" from the When the Sun Goes Down album
"Keg in the Closet" from the When the Sun Goes Down album
"Who You'd be Today: from the Road and the Radio album
"Living in Fast Forward" from the Road and the Radio album
"Summertime" from the Road and the Radio album
"You Save Me" from the Road and the Radio album
"Beer in Mexico" from the Road and the Radio album
"Never Wanted Nothing More" from the Just Who I am: Poets & Pirates album
"Don't Blink" from the Just Who I am: Poets & Pirates album
"Shiftwork "from the Just Who I am: Poets & Pirates album
"Better as a Memory" from the Just Who I am: Poets & Pirates album