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Mark Chesnutt

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Chesnutt is the second son of Bobby Thomas Chesnutt and Norma Jean Nicholas. He learned to love music from his father, who was a singer and record collector. Chesnutt dropped out of school after his sophomore year of high school to begin playing with his father in clubs around Southeast Texas. When he turned 17, his father began to take him to Nashville, Tennessee to begin recording. For the next ten years, Chesnutt began to record on small regional labels while he was the house band for local Beaumont nightclub Cutters. He slowly gathered a large fanbase who loved to hear his traditional style.

In 1989, several Music Row executives came to Cutters to hear Chesnutt play. In 1989, he was signed to MCA Nashville. He won the CMA Horizon Award, given annually to the most promising newcomer. He toured constantly, and his fans rewarded him by making him one of Billboard’s Ten Most-Played Radio Artists of the 1990s. He has four platinum albums, five gold albums, fourteen Number One singles, and 23 Top Ten Singles. He also won the 2005 French Country Music Awards Best Album of the Year Award. [1]

Although his first hit, 1990’s “Too Cold at Home,” was extremely neotraditional, subsequent songs were more mainstream Contemporary Country. Chesnutt surprised many fans in late 1998 when he recorded a cover of Aerosmith’s recent hit, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing. Chesnutt’s version of this song was a #1 country hit for two weeks in February 1999, and peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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  • tmill4

    I saw him in Clewiston FL. and loved it. I would love to see him again. Is there any chance he might come back to Florida or release some new music? I would buy anything he put out!!!

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • catgus

    Although i've always loved many of his great tracks,just could'nt take him seriously,probably 'cos he looks like the funny guy down the road (Mind you,the great George Jones didn't always look too cool!) However,i'm now his biggest fan....and his instrumentation is always faultless and pure country!

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • thegrinningdogg

    Saw him live in NY during the 90's and the show got interrupted when they blew out the amps while playing. Fantastic show. My fav cd is TOO COLD AT HOME & that was the song that got me hooked on his music.

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • versute

    perfect voice for country music

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Mark is one of the most underrated vocalists in Country Music. This is Hardcore Honky Tonk music and as George Jones said "he is the real deal". I love his music and he has recorded some classic songs. Would love to see him live on day. Mark Chesnutt doing his country thing.

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • John_Dough_No32

    Hi!

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • dmlowitz

    You can see Mark LIVE at Sticks Country Music Festival April 17-18 near Auburn, AL! They'll be joined by 14 other top country acts including Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Diamond Rio, Rodney Atkins and more! Two cool days and two smokin' hot nights in a beautiful cooler friendly, camping welcome environment. Join 50,000 others at Sticks! http://www.stickscountry.com (Only $85 for a two day pass!)

    9 Feb 2009 Reply
  • dmlowitz

    You can see Mark LIVE at Sticks Country Music Festival April 17-18 near Auburn, AL! They'll be joined by 14 other top country acts including Trace Atkins, Sara Evans, Diamond Rio, Rodney Adkins and more! Two cool days and two smokin' hot nights in a beautiful cooler friendly, camping welcome environment. Join 50,000 others at Sticks! http://www.stickscountry.com (Only $85 for a two day pass!)

    9 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Leuchtenburg1

    schöner song!!

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • tsudduth24

    Was one of the cornerstones of Country Music at one point back before "country" was just a marketing ploy

    21 Jul 2008 Reply
  • BlahStooge

    This guy is awesome. I just got into country music and I love it. Mark Chesnutt and James Otto are my personal favorites.

    3 Apr 2008 Reply