Kenny Chesney Recalls Being the ‘Little Star’ in Christmas Pageants as a Kid

by Emily Morgan
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Being the country music megastar he’s known today, Kenny Chesney is no stranger to the stage. However, when Chesney was younger, the thought of performing was the last thing he wanted to do. 

Way back before he was known as the “Don’t Blink” singer, Chesney got his start performing in his annual church’s Christmas pageant. The Knoxville native fondly remembers being more of a “behind the scenes” kind of kid.

“I think one time I held the star, you know, and did it behind them. You know, I didn’t…never did show my face. I was holding the star going through the night. That’s all I did. I remember doing that one year. But all my other buddies was Joseph and Mary and all that stuff,” Chesney recalls with a chuckle. 

“I never did, really, get out on stage that much. Never really did sing in the Christmas play and…no, I was pretty scared to get up there then!” 

It’s hard for us to believe Kenny Chesney was so shy, considering the superstar has performed for millions of fans all over the world. It’s a safe bet Chesney has grown to be more comfortable on a stage.

Even though the star has said goodbye to his pageant days, Chesney has recorded Christmas songs to express his holiday cheer. When it comes to his favorite holiday tracks, Chesney prefers Alabama’s country classic, “Christmas in Dixie.”

Kenny Chesney Reflects on Listening to Favorite Artists Growing up

Now 52-years-old, Kenny Chesney fondly remembers spending his childhood back home in Tennessee listening to his country music favorites. 

“Growin’ up in the South, I can just remember hearin’ that a lot. I mean, every Christmas, you heard Alabama. You heard Randy Owen singing ‘Christmas in Dixie.’ And it was just one of those songs that…you know, my hometown radio station played every year. And I just always remember lovin’ that song, and then I got into the music business and was able to get to know Randy and Mark Herndon, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook. They just mean so much to me.”

Chesney recorded his version of “Christmas in Dixie” with Alabama’s Owen on his album, All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan.

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