Yet another new face has sprung up in Nashville.
This time it’s Kenny Chesney, the 27-year-old country crooner who released his second album, “All I Need to Know,” during the spring.
Though he’s a veteran of the business, his ascent into country stardom has been only a recent occurrence.
With so many rising stars coming out of Nashville, how does a singer like Chesney keep from getting lost in the chaos?
“I think that if I am true to myself and keep working hard, I think I can overcome a lot of this stuff,” said Chesney in a recent phone interview. “I’m a country singer and I’m not trying to do pop just because it’s cool.”
Chesney isn’t a pop star. He’s a traditionalist and that fact shines through on his new album.
What’s more, he doesn’t sound like Garth Brooks.
“Don’t even get me started on that,” laughed the singer.
Chesney had been performing in clubs for a number of years, but songwriting landed him his first job in the business. Chesney works for Opryland Music.
“That was a big step in getting me into the music business,” he said.
His association with the publishing company and with several of Nashville’s top songwriters led Chesney to be signed by Capricorn Records, which released his debut album.
His stint with Capricorn didn’t last long as the label dropped its country music division shortly after the album came out.
But almost as quickly as he was dismissed, Chesney signed with RCA/BNA Records. The label released Chesney’s new album, “All I Need to Know.”
Even though the singer’s main focus is on his recording career, Chesney continues to writes songs for other artists. Confederate Railroad included Chesney’s song “When He Was My Age” on its new album “When and Where.”
“They say it could be their very next single,” said Chesney.