Mark Chesnutt

Biography

Mark Chesnutt was born on September 6, 1963 in Beaumont, Texas and is a country music singer. Chesnutt released his debut album, “Doing My Country Thing” in the late 1980s on the indie label, Axbar Records, which largely went unnoticed. It was the 1990 single, “Too Cold at Home” off his second album of the same name, which brought Chesnutt national recognition. Chesnutt went on to amass eight #1 singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Charts. Releasing fourteen studio albums to date throughout his long and illustrious career, Chestnutt has established himself in country music circles and garnered a strong following.

Chesnutt was introduced to music at an early age and grew up immersed in all kinds of music. Chesnutt's father, who was a singer and music enthusiast, was the primary force behind his son's love for music. Chesnutt dropped out of high school by the time he was seventeen to play music with his father in clubs around southeast Texas. Chestnutt and his father began taking trips to Nashville, Tennessee to record their music. For the next ten years, Chesnutt worked as a session musician and was part of a house band in a local nightclub. Eventually Chestnutt had gained such a large following through word-of-mouth that music reps from local labels began to show up frequently at his shows, interested in signing him.

When Chesnutt's fifth album emerged in 1994, “What a Way to Live,” the album went gold and spawned the hits: “Gonna Get a Life,” which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart, and “Goin' Through the Big D,” which peaked at #2. The album was more successful than his first four and brought him international fame. MCA put out a Greatest Hits album in 1996, with the new song, “It's a Little Too Late.” The song was a hit peaking at #1 on Billboards Country Singles chart and cemented Chestnutt as an established artist that was able to still produce commercial hits after six studio albums. Chestnutt went on to release four more albums with MCA before parting ways with the label and signing with Columbia Records.

Chestnutt's debut with the new label, “Mark Chesnutt,” wasn't a hug success but his fan base remained loyal and the album sold well. 2010 saw “Outlaws” emerge, which featured cover songs of outlaw country classics.

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