Kenny Chesney’s First Song Did Not Go Over Well With A College Classmate

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Cosmic Hallelujah is the culmination of a lifetime of work for Kenny Chesney. The album is the first solo GRAMMY nomination for Chesney and comes on the heels of a massive stadium tour and personally-driven hurricane relief efforts in the US Virgin Islands. But all that success has not been without rejection. Chesney wrote his very first song for a college classmate who wanted nothing to do with the future super star.


Chesney shared the story of rejection on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”. He was, of all places, in a persuasion class and tried to persuade a girl to go out with him by writing her a song. He recorded it on a cassette tape and passed it to her in class. The next day, she was sitting on the opposite side of the room.

That’s just rude.

But Chesney isn’t losing sleep over it. He is more concerned with Cosmic Hallelujah, his recent album that he describes as “left of center”. He worked to make the album more friendly to mainstream audiences and even made a music video for a song he has no intention of releasing as a single. But people have noticed and nominated him for a GRAMMY.

Imagine if he had let that rejection in college stop him.

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