Scored his first top 10 hit on Billboard magazine`s country singles chart with 1995`s "Fall in Love." However, it wasn`t until 1996 when he made his breakthrough with the No. 2 hit "Me and You."
His first No. 1 hit came in August 1997 with "She`s Got it All" (a three week No. 1 country smash), and the No. 1 hits kept coming: "That`s Why I`m Here" (1998); "How Forever Feels" (a six-week No. 1) and "You Had Me From Hello" (both 1999); "Don`t Happen Twice" (2001) and "The Good Stuff" (a seven-week No. 1 from 2002). "How Forever Feels" was Billboard`s No. 2 country hit of 1999, while "The Good Stuff" was the magazine`s No. 1 country song of 2002. Other major hits include "When I Close My Eyes" (1997); "A Chance" and "I Will Stand" (1998); "She Thinks My Tractor`s Sexy" (1999); "What I Need to Do" (2000); "The Tin Man" (2001); and "Young" (2002). As 2003 dawned, he was on his way to another major country smash -- the Bill Anderson-Dean Dillon-penned "A Lot of Things Different."
Has a younger half-sister named Jennifer Chandler.
Brother of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity from East Tennessee State University
2002 ACM Award-winner for Best Male Vocalist.
2004 CMA Award-winner for Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year.
Is a die hard fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Tennessee Titans.
In April of 2005 his song "Anything but Mine" hit number 1 on the Country charts after spending 17 weeks on the charts.
Married actress Renée Zellweger on the resort island St. John in the U.S. v*rgin Islands.
Wrote "You Had Me From Hello" after Renée Zellweger`s famous line in Jerry Maguire (1996).
Won the Entertainer of the Year Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 17, 2005
His wedding ceremony lasted 15 minutes
Met his future wife Renée Zellweger at a tsunami relief benefit in January 2005.
Was raised in Luttrel, Tennessee, which is also the hometown of country star Chet Atkins.
Favorite musicians are Conway Twitty, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, George Jones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and James Taylor.
He won the 2004 CMA Album of the Year for his record When the Sun Goes Down.
Two of his albums "All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan" and "Be As You Are: Songs from an Old Blue Chair" both went platinum without a radio single or promotion.
On the CMT Top 20 Videos of 2005, he held the #8 (Who You`d Be Today) and #2 (Anything But Mine) slots.
In 1990, he graduated with a degree in marketing from East Tennessee State University.
Attended Gibbs High School.
Favorite book is The Firm by John Grisham.
Favorite TV show is Friends.