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Kenny Chesney marks another year of entertaining fans and enjoying life’s simple pleasures John Palmer / MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 8: Kenny Chesney performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' at SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 8, 2016 in New York City. Credit: John Palmer / MediaPunch/IPX

Kenny Chesney is a perfect example of a person who followed his dreams. He was born in East Tennessee. After graduating from college, he took his guitar playing skills to Nashville and eventually found his way to superstardom.

The country singer’s music career began with the debut of his 1994 album, fittingly titled “In My Wildest Dreams.” Though the record only achieved minor success, Kenny got his big break in 1997 when he was recognized at the Academy of Country Music Awards as the New Male Vocalist of the Year.

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That same year, he earned his first No. 1 hit, “She’s Got It All,” off his third album, “I Will Stand.” In the years following, Kenny topped the charts more than two dozen times!

But, chart-topping aside, perhaps Kenny’s biggest career achievement is the way he entertains his fans. Kenny is the ultimate showman, having sold out arenas across the country. Anytime that he hits the stage, he keeps his No Shoes Nation engaged with his high-spirited energy and relaxing, summertime flair. His ability to captivate an audience has allowed him to win the coveted Entertainer of the Year title eight times. Now, that’s a major feat, y’all!

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Kenny Chesney turns 49 years old on March 26, but he shows no signs of slowing down. Let’s all raise our glass and cheers to Kenny as he celebrates another year!

Happy birthday, Kenny!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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