Speaking of Kenny’s commitment to the industry and to the music, those in attendance were quick to praise Chesney’s character. CMT sums it up…
Hank Adam Locklin, CMA senior manager of membership and industry relations, presented the two writers plaques from the organization. Noting he had long been impressed by Chesney’s character, he recalled driving the singer to the 2004 CMA Awards Show where he was up for the entertainer of the year award.
When someone asked him if he was going to appear at a press conference if he didn’t win, Locklin said Chesney replied, “Of course, I’ll do press. These are my friends. This is my industry.” He won the award — and four more just like it since.
Troy Tomlinson, who’s been Chesney’s music publisher for 18 years (first at Acuff-Rose, now at Sony ATV), said people constantly ask him what the what’s the best and worst parts about working with Chesney.
He said the best and worst factors are the same: “Getting him to cut his own songs.”
Tomlinson went on to explain that as a publisher, he wants Chesney to record as many of his own songs as he can since that means more income for the publisher — and the songwriter. But he added that he also admires the fact that Chesney routinely submerges his own commercial interest to hold out for the best songs.
Co-writer Brett James showed his gratitude to Chesney by presenting him with a t-shirt that read “Brad Pitt’s Brother” to match his own that read “Brad Pitt’s Other Brother,” and ode to their catchy hit. Speaking to the crowd, James said “I want to thank Kenny for including me in his ridiculously successful career.” Chesney was quick to pass the thanks to James, calling him “one of the world’s greatest songwriters.”
As songwriters, it was James’ 6th No. 1 hit and Chesney’s 4th… as a singer, it was Chesney’s 19th chart-topper.
You can see more pictures from the event HERE.