may be available for your next special event!
Years ago, legendary country vocalist
George Jones contributed to the
liner notes of a green, young kid from Texas. "This boy from
Beaumont is the real deal," Jones said. The kid was Mark
Chesnutt. Now, with more than eight best-selling albums, 12
chart-topping singles and CMA's prestigious Horizon Award he's
still the real deal.
When Mark Chesnutt released his version of
Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss
A Thing," he knew comparisons with
Steven Tyler would be
inevitable, and true to Chesnutt-form, he didn't care. "You can't
worry about that," he says. "If it's a great song and it feels
good, you gotta do it. I had to find a song that I could really sing,
and I did."
Critics agreed, often citing Chesnutt's version as the
preferred one. "Where Steven Tyler sounds like a man grabbing every
possible second of ecstasy, Chesnutt's deep Texas drawl brings a more
tender, vulnerable ache to the song," wrote USA Today. The Toledo
Blade said, "It's even prettier in Chesnutt's hands." Fans
concurred, as the tune held the top spot on the country charts for four
weeks. In fact, the entire CD, "I
Don't Want To Miss A Thing,"
which was released in early 1999, won rave reviews from critics around
For a singer who's been recognized as a pure country
traditionalist, Mark Chesnutt somehow manages to broaden the definition of
traditional country music. "I've never had a strictly traditional
album," he reflects. "People don't understand that. I've only
had a couple of really hard country songs 'Brother Jukebox,'
'Bubba Shot The Jukebox.' I've already probably done the best country
song I'll ever sing, 'Too Cold At Home'."
"All of my albums have Cajun songs, swing songs, love
songs, ballads, rockin' country songs. Everything on 'I
Don't Want To Miss A Thing' has an attitude about it." He's dedicated to moving
away from labels and focusing on great music. "In my first bio, I
said my goal was to be the greatest country singer ever, and I got
labeled 'country singer.' That was cool 10 years ago, but now, there
ain't nobody strictly country anymore. I don't want to be called just a
great country singer. I want folks to say, 'He's a great singer.'"
Mark Chesnutt is also a great entertainer, as
evidenced by his rollicking, high energy stage show. More than ten years on the
road have given him the knowledge of what makes a great concert.
He's become a symbol of pure honky-tonk, with a repertoire of danceable
songs with wry lyrics. Yet he also manages to wrap his Haggardesque
vocals around the most tender of tunes, changing the mood at a moment's
notice and captivating audiences with unexpected touches.
"I like to sing a
George Jones song and turn
around and sing a rock 'n' roll song," he teases. "We have a
lot of fun on stage. I could go out and buy an expensive stage with
fireworks and heavy-metal-rock-star lights, but I take my music a little
more seriously than that. Still, that doesn't mean I'm going to stand in
one spot and sing ballads all night."
When it comes to recording, Chesnutt refuses to
compromise with songs that fall just short of hit potential. Integrity
is a key ingredient to a Mark Chesnutt project. "I'd rather
miss a deadline than put out an album that didn't have all good songs on
it," he says. "I hope people see that. It's a good quality to
And while many automatically think that a Chesnutt CD
will be limited to the best country traditions, he's hoping to change
that perception. "I'm proud that people think I'm the keeper of the
flame," he says. "It makes me feel good. But that's not all I
can do. I can branch out. I want to reach a broader audience."
Mark Chesnutt reflects
on his career. "To tell you the truth, I haven't changed a
bit," he concludes. "I am just singing better songs and really
concentrating on being better at what I do. I plan to be here for
another 10 or 15 years. I want to be an old gray-haired singer, still
out here working!"
The real deal? Absolutely. Yesterday, today and
tomorrow, Mark Chesnutt is a constant when it comes to shaping
the boundaries of country music's rich traditions.
Awards include --
- CMA Horizon Award 1993
- CMA Vocal Event of the Year 1993
Hit songs include --
- Brother Jukebox
- Too Cold at Home
- Blame It on Texas
- Broken Promised Land
- Your Love Is a Miracle
- Bubba Shot the Jukebox
- I'll Think of Something
- Old Flames Have New Names
- Almost Goodbye
- I Just Wanted You to Know
- It Sure Is Monday
- Old Country
- Goin' Through the Big D
- She Dreams
- Woman (Sensuous Woman)
- Down in Tennessee
Mark Chesnutt may be available for your next special event!
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