WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE’s KENNY CHESNEY was TODAY’s (3/14) featured keynoter throughout COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR on the OMNI NASHVILLE HOTEL. The EAST TENNESSEE native instructed the story of falling in love with Nation music whereas listening to a Nation countdown present on WIVK/KNOXVILLE each weekend in his grandmother’s kitchen. As a toddler, CHESNEY mentioned, he by no means imagined he would find yourself touring along with his heroes, GEORGE STRAIT and ALABAMA.
Interviewed by “COUNTRY COUNTDOWN USA” host LON HELTON, CHESNEY traced his historical past from his early days by his journey to the “huge time.” The Nation famous person mentioned one of the best piece of recommendation he ever received was, “Every single day you both get 1% higher or 1% worse.” So, he labored arduous to get higher. And whereas it took some time for CHESNEY to achieve celeb standing, he mentioned he was fortunate to have had the time to construct relationships and be taught the enterprise and the way it works. He mentioned he would have by no means been ready to deal with success on that stage if it had occurred in a single day.
CHESNEY instructed the story of certainly one of his first radio visits, which was at WNOE/NEW ORLEANS. After all he skilled a little bit of town’s evening life first, which meant he did not have time to return to the lodge and sleep earlier than the go to. At that time, he mentioned to himself , “That is by no means gonna occur,” referring to his profession. However at present, he has a number of profitable albums and excursions, and 30 #1 singles underneath his belt. HELTON famous that of the highest 500 gold songs performed on Nation radio, CHESNEY has 22 of them.
CHESNEY shared that he loves what he does, however he doesn’t benefit from the celeb facet of it in any respect. However what he does get pleasure from probably the most is seeing the response of the viewers to songs throughout dwell reveals, due to the familiarity pushed by radio airplay. The emotion his songs generate make all of it value it for CHESNEY, and he credit that to years of nice workforce members, together with his partnerships with Nation radio.