As the son of Bob Chessnut, who had played in the sixties and seventies smaller labels some singles, Mark came early into contact with country music. The extensive record collection of his father turned an almost inexhaustible source of classic country songs is ( due to its learned in childhood repertoire of more than 1000 songs is Mark Chesnutt as " human jukebox " refers to ).
At age 16, he went into the band of his father. A little later, he left school to become a professional musician. In the next ten years he earned his living by appearances in the local music scene. With a Club in Beaumont, he found a permanent commitment. As formerly his father, he played for smaller labels, a few singles, including Too Cold At Home.
By Too Cold At Home one was in Nashville attention to Mark Chesnutt. The single was re-released in 1990 at the prestigious MCA label and reached number three on the country charts. The same name, produced by Mark Wright album went gold. A year later he succeeded with Brother Jukebox the first number - one hit. Two more singles made it into the top 10. In order to secure his success, he gave in 1991 with his New South band more than 300 concerts. Tragically, his father died and sponsors in the year in which he made his breakthrough.
His second album Longnecks And Short Stories was published in 1992 and was also awarded with gold. Several singles made it into the top 10, Old Flames Have New Names and I'll Think Of Something reached number one. In 1993 he received the CMA Horizon Award of the most promising young musician. His album Almost Goodby has sold over a million copies, reaching platinum status. Mark Chesnutt was in these years as a singer with pure country-feeling. His unadulterated honky tonk with songs full of pain and self-pity brought him both a recognition of the scene and the audience.
By the end of the decade, he scored again high rankings charts, though not every song was a success. Chesnutt often stood in the shadows of the superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, but managed a loyal fan base to rally. He changed the end of 2000 the Columbia label, 2004 Vivaton. Musically, he was oriented slightly more towards pop music.