ChesneyWorld would like to wish Kenny Chesney a very happy 49th birthday today!
Kenneth Arnold Chesney was born March 26th, 1968 in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in the nearby town of Lutrell. Read his full bio here.
Kenny shares his birthday with actresses Keira Knightley and Amy Smart, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, actors Martin Short and Leonard Nimoy, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and legendary singer Diana Ross.
Check out this fun story from Sammy Hagar about a chance encounter with Kenny Chesney:
Each year Emeril and I put together a special experience to raise money for his foundation – we’ve done dinner in Cabo, in Hawaii and this year it was fishing and lunch on Emeril’s boat! This afternoon we spent with the 10 people that bought the package, and what a lunch it was!
An hour into the boat ride we saw this big gorgeous gunmetal gray 86ft Riva with a few beautiful people on it– I looked closer and noticed it was Kenny Chesney! I screamed at him and he stopped,
backed up, and we had a couple high-fives, a toast, and Emeril handed over to Kenny a big plate of barbecue ribs and a jar of about a half pound of beautiful caviar– can you believe this shit!? We said goodbye and then Kenny showed up at the event later that night at the Marina Club House, and jumped on stage to sing a really soft version of “Eagles Fly”. Vic and I played an acoustic set for over an hour, and Kari joined in for “One Sip”, “When The Sun Don’t Shine”, and “All We Need Is An Island” – it was an unbelievably satisfying and successful event!
Afterwards, Kenny hung out and we polished off a couple bottles of Da’ kine, what a night!
As they do every so often, Forbes is out with a list of the top earning country musicians and Kenny Chesney is near the top of the list.
On his massive, multi-year World Tour, Garth Brooks has been piling up a nice chunk of change. According to a new Forbes list, the artist briefly known as Chris Gaines is this year‚Äôs highest-earning artist in all of country music.
Forbes recently released a list of the top-earning country artists, and the names at the top of the magazine‚Äôs ranking likely won‚Äôt surprise you: Kenny Chesney, who earns big bucks starring in ads for Corona beer and Costa sunglasses, ranked second behind Brooks, with a net worth of $56 million. Luke Bryan came in not far behind at No. 3, earning $53 million, and Toby Keith and Jason Aldean landed at No. 4 ($47.5 million) and No. 5 ($36.5 million), respectively. Shania Twain, the highest-paid woman in country music, earned the No. 7 spot, having brought in $27.5 million.
According to Forbes, their rankings are calculated by tabulating record sales data provided by Nielsen, touring numbers from Pollstar and ‚Äúindependent research on non-musical business ventures.‚ÄĚ If you‚Äôre feeling a little broke compared to Chesney, Aldean and company, just remember: Their listed net worths do not include payouts for agents, managers and lawyers.
Read more at The Boot.
Forbes is out with their annual list of the highest paid musicians and Kenny Chesney comes in at a solid #21 with $42 million earned.
The legendary country crooner seemed to be predicting his own future with his fifteenth studio album, The Big Revival, released this past September. As usual, he cashed in by selling out football stadiums; he also pads his coffers with his own Blue Chair Bay Rum.
Chesney was at #22 last year with $44 million.
Number one on this year’s list? Katy Perry with an astonishing $135 million, followed by One Direction at $130 million and Garth Brooks at $90 million.
Kenny Chesney sticks to a very strict diet while on tour, but when The Big Revival Tour ends, he’ll let loose a little.
He says, “If I’m off the road, and it’s in the fall and I’m watching football, I’m like everybody else. I’ll eat a bag of Doritos sitting watching football all day on Sunday, or whatever it is. I take that time off the road to drink a few beers and just eat.”
As a native of East Tennessee, Kenny grew up eating classic Southern fried chicken and big casseroles.
He adds, “Everything we did revolved around food. So, that’s not left me. It’s part of my insanity, ’cause I still want to do that, but I can’t [when I’m touring].”
So, what does Kenny like to chow down on in the fall? He admits he’s got a weakness for cheese, pasta and chocolate. Kenny likes to wash all that down with a glass of red wine.
Read more at wincountry.com.
Kenny Chesney’s tour bus that he’s had since the early days just passed one million miles on the odometer.
Unlike many artists, Chesney owns his own tour bus, so the home-away-from-home has seen its fair share of adventures. It even has its own song, ‚ÄúIf This Bus Could Talk,‚ÄĚ which was the star‚Äôs 13th No. 1 single. The old-school bus has been with Chesney from the beginning.
‚ÄúIt was a used Silver Eagle when I bought it, and the bank had no business lending me the money, ‚Äėcause all I owned was a little pickup and my guitar. But I knew if I owned my bus, we could keep doing this, keep bringing the music to the people!‚ÄĚ Chesney recalls.
Moby is like a member of the family now, there through thick and thin, connecting the country icon to where he‚Äôs from and where he‚Äôs going ‚ÄĒ both literally and figuratively.
‚ÄúI always thought it was important, no matter what happened, to keep Moby on the road.‚ÄĚ he explains. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs seen it all, and it reminds me and the guys who‚Äôve been here from the beginning where we came from. Right now some of the No Shoes Radio folks and the tech people are riding it, but we park it right up front ‚Ä¶ and everybody who walks by just smiles.‚ÄĚ
Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean recently hung together at a Nashville area Buffalo Wild Wings.
Jason recently posted a photo on Instagram of himself partying with Kenny. It turns out Jason just sat down at the restaurant with his girlfriend, Brittany Kerr, when he got a call from Kenny.
Jason says, “He goes, ‘Well, I’m at somewhere. We’ve been drinking margaritas all day.’ I was like, ‘Well, come over here and meet us. We just sat down. We’ll have a beer. Whatever.'”
Jason’s invitation turned to hours of drinking beer, tequila and rum once Kenny showed up.
“All I do know is, I think we ended up calling a car to take us home,” Jason says. He adds, “Kenny, he’s a funny dude, man.”
Says Jason, “He’s a good guy to kind to have there to kinda talk to about stuff and bounce ideas off of, and been there-done that kind of thing. And still, as long as he has been in the business, he still loves what he does.”
Jason just headlined stadiums in Cleveland and Cincinnati this weekend, and he expects Kenny to get back out on the concert trail in a big way in 2015, too.
Jason says with a laugh, “I know he’s taking some time off right now, and he’s, like, already over it. He’s ready to get on the road.”
Read more at ABC News Radio.