Songster, songwriter, guitarist and producer, Kenny Chesney is a multi-talented all-around country music superstar. In his long-running career, the singer has placed well over 40 Top 10 hits on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs, many of which equally charted on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In addition to a massive commercial success, Chesney has received several notable accolades including 6 Academy of Country Music awards and 6 Country Music Association (CMA) awards. The country star released his 17th studio album Songs For The Saints in July 2018.
Who is Kenny Chesney? Age
Kenneth Arnold Chesney was born on March 26, 1968, in Knoxville, Tennessee. His mother, Karen Chandler was a professional hair stylist and his father was a school tutor. He was raised alongside one sibling, a sister, named Jennifer Chandler. Cheney attended Gibbs High School located in Corryton, Tennessee and had his college education at East Tennessee State University where he majored in Advertising.
He received his first guitar as a teenager and he learned to play the musical instrument by himself. As a college student, he released his first self-produced demo album in 1989 after which he began to perform regularly at several local clubs. Upon graduation, Chesney relocated to Nashville in 1990 where he experienced a steady rise to superstardom over the years.
The multi-talented singer landed his first contract in 1992 and 2 years later, his fairly successful debut studio album In My Wildest Dreams was released. The success of Kenny Chesney’s debut was trumped by his follow-up album All I Need to Know (1995) which contained the singer’s first two Billboard top 10 hits. His third release Me and You (1996) became his first album to attain Gold certification and equally earned him the 1997 Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of the Year award. Kenny Chesney achieved his first No. 1 single with his 4th studio album I Will Stand (1997) followed by his 5th album Everywhere We Go which contained 2 No. 1 hits. Everywhere We Go also became Chesney’s first album to attain Platinum certification.
Kenny Chesney’s 2002 No. 1 hit “The Good Stuff” was named as Billboard‘s number one country song of the year. The talented singer has since released several more successful albums for which he has received numerous accolades. 14 of his 20-plus albums have attained either Gold certification or higher. Since 2002, the country star has released ten consecutive No. 1 albums on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Kenny Chesney has sold well over 30 million albums globally. He is also one of the best country music performers having headlined several sold-out concerts and tours. He was named among the highest-earning country singers’ of 2017 having hauled in a whopping $42.5 million. Kenny Chesney’s net worth is pegged at $225 million. His net worth is projected to remain on a steady increase as there seems to be no slowing down for the country music star.
Is Kenny Chesney Gay?
Over the years, Kenny Chesney has faced several speculations surrounding his sexuality. Many have suggested that the “fraud” as alleged in the divorce papers by the singer’s former wife Renee Zellweger may have been in reference to his sexuality. On his part, Kenny Chesney maintains that he is straight and therefore, it would be safe to assume that the country singer is not gay.
Kenny Chesney may be unmarried at the moment, however, this country music star has been involved in a high-profile marriage in the past. Back in 2005, the country star got married to Hollywood actress Renée Zellweger. Both heavily involved in philanthropy, Chesney and Zellweger met in January 2005 at a tsunami relief event. Things went pretty fast between the couple as they walked down the aisle on May 9 that same year. Their wedding ceremony held on the Carribean sea Virgin Island of St. John.
However, their marriage came to an abrupt end just 4 months after tying the knot. Renée Zellweger cited “fraud” as her reason for quitting the marriage. On his part, Chesney has argued that their marriage fell apart due to intense media scrutiny they faced as a couple.
He has also been romantically linked to former beauty queen Amy Colley, winner of the Miss Tennessee USA 2005 title. The duo made their first public appearance at the Country Music Awards on November 12, 2008. They equally spent the succeeding Christmas holidays together. Interestingly, the relationship lasted 2 years, way longer than Chesney’s infamous marriage.
More recently, Kenny Chesney has been linked with a gorgeous brunette who has been identified as Mary Nolan. The two were first spotted in public at the 2012 CMT Artist of the Year event. Nolan was also the singer’s date to the 2012 CMA Awards as well as other award shows that followed.
Height and Other Body Measurements
In addition to his sterling musical talents, Kenny Chesney is well-adored by fans for his chiseled physique. It turns out that the country star actually gave up dreams of becoming an athlete before going into music. He may not be a professional athlete today, however, the talented singer sure sports a highly enviable athletic physique.
Kenny Chesney is 5 feet 7 inches tall (170 cm) and maintains a body weight of 70 kg (154 lbs). His chest measures 50 inches (127 cm) while his waist and biceps measure 30 inches (76 cm) and 16 inches (41 cm) respectively.