Kenneth Arnold (Kenny) Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer and songwriter.
Chesney's first album, “In My Wildest Dreams,” was released on the independent Capricorn Records label in 1994. The album's lead-off singles, "The Tin Man" and "Whatever It Takes,” both reached the lower regions of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Capricorn Records closed its country music division later that year.
After Capricorn's closure, Chesney signed with BNA Records, which released his album “All I Need to Know” in 1995. The album produced three hit singles. "Fall in Love" and "All I Need to Know" both reached the Top Ten, while "Grandpa Told Me So" peaked at #23. "The Tin Man" was also included on this album, although it was not released as a single at the time.
Released in 1996, Chesney's second major-label album was “Me and You.” Although its lead-off single peaked just outside the Top 40 on the Country chart, the album's title track and the single "When I Close My Eyes" both peaked at #2 on the Billboard Country chart. “Me and You” was also Chesney's first gold certified album. A cover of Mac McAnally's 1990 single "Back Where I Come From" was also included on this album. Although Chesney's version was never released as a single, it has become a regular song played during his concerts. In recognition of his successful year, Chesney was honored with the 1997 Academy of Country Music's New Male Vocalist of the Year award.
“I Will Stand,” Chesney's third album for BNA, was released in 1997. "She's Got It All" was the album's lead-off single, becoming Chesney's first #1 single, spending three weeks at the top of the Billboard Country chart. The album's second single, "A Chance,” peaked just shy of the Top Ten. In 1998, "That's Why I'm Here" went to #2 on Billboard.
“Everywhere We Go,” released in 1999, was Chesney's fourth album for BNA. The album produced two consecutive #1 singles in "How Forever Feels" and "You Had Me from Hello." The album also produced two more hits, including "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and "What I Need to Do,” which peaked at #11 and #8 on the country chart, respectively. “Everywhere We Go” was Chesney's first platinum-selling album.
By 2000, Chesney released his “Greatest Hits” compilation album. It included four new tracks, as well as updated versions of "Fall in Love,” "The Tin Man,” and "Back Where I Come From.” The new version of "The Tin Man" was one of the album's three singles, along with two of the new tracks, "I Lost It" and "Don't Happen Twice.”
His album “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” was released in 2002. The lead-off single, "Young,” peaked at #2, while the follow-up "The Good Stuff" spent seven weeks at #1, becoming Billboard's #1 country song of the year for 2002. In 2003, ACM honored Chesney as Top Male Vocalist of the Year, while "The Good Stuff" received the award for Single Record of the Year.
In 2003, Chesney recorded “All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan.” The album's title track peaked at #30 on the country chart from holiday airplay.
2004 saw the release of Chesney's album “When the Sun Goes Down.”Its lead-off single, "There Goes My Life,” spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Country chart. The album's title track, "When the Sun Goes Down,” a duet with Uncle Kracker, was also a #1 single. “When the Sun Goes Down” was honored with the 2004 CMA award for Album of the Year, while Chesney was honored as the Entertainer of the Year. He was also presented with the American Music Award's 2004 Artist of the Year award.
In January 2005, Chesney released the album “Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair),” supporting the album with his “Somewhere in the Sun Tour.” Chesney released his second album of the year in November, “The Road and the Radio,” producing three #1 singles. "Living in Fast Forward,” "Summertime,” and "Beer in Mexico" all hit #1, while "Who You'd Be Today" and "You Save Me" broke the Top 5.
“Live: Live Those Songs Again” was Chesney's first live album. Released in September 2006 on BNA Records, the album includes live renditions of 15 songs, including 11 singles. "Live Those Songs,” "Never Gonna Feel Like That Again,” "On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful,” and "Back Where I Come From" were never released by Chesney as singles, while "Back Where I Come From" had been released as a single from Mac McAnally's 1990 album “Simple Life.”
In September 2007, Chesney released the album “Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates.” The album represented a move to a more gulf and western sound with a number of breezy, steel-drum island songs. The album's lead-off single, "Never Wanted Nothing More,” became Chesney's twelfth song to hit the top of the Billboard Country chart. On the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs his single "Don't Blink" debuted at #16, setting a new record for the highest debut on that chart since the inception of SoundScan electronic tabulation in 1990. The third single off of “Just Who I Am” a duet with George Strait titled, "Shiftwork,” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Country chart. The fourth single, "Better as a Memory,” became Chesney's fourteenth single to hit the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
A new single, "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven,” was released in August 2008, and debuted at #22 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His album, “Lucky Old Sun” was released in October 2008. "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" became a #1 hit. It was followed by a cover of Mac McAnally's 1990 single "Down the Road.”
In May 2010, “Greatest Hits II” was released with two new tracks. In February, "Ain't Back Yet" was sent to country music radio stations. The #1 hit "Out Last Night" was the lead single.
In July 2010, Chesney released "The Boys of Fall" as the lead-off single from his album “Hemingway's Whiskey,” which was released in September 2010. The song hit #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, marking Chesney's eighteenth #1 hit. The second single from “Hemingway's Whiskey,” titled "Somewhere with You,” was released in November 2010. The song debuted at #35 on the Country chart and then hit #1 in January 2011.