Chalee Tennison

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Chalee Tennison
Born (1969-04-11) April 11, 1969 (age 49)
OriginUnited States
Years active1999-2006
LabelsAsylum, DreamWorks Nashville

Chalee Tennison (born April 11, 1969) is an American country music artist from the state of Texas. She has released three major-label studio albums (two on Asylum Records and one on Dreamworks Records) in addition to charting six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Her highest charting singles, "Just Because She Lives There" and "Go Back", both reached No. 36 on that chart.


Chalee Tennison was born in Texas and was influenced musically by her brother's collection of 8-track tapes, which included artists such as Tammy Wynette and Tanya Tucker. She sang in church choir with her mother and sister, but did not begin singing professionally until she was 16. She then started a band with her third husband, which performed in Gatesville, Texas. To support herself at the time, she also worked a variety of jobs, including waitress, substitute teacher, and prison security guard.[1]

She moved to Nashville, Tennessee and worked as a demo singer. After record producer Jerry Taylor discovered her demos, he helped her sign to Asylum Records in 1999.[2][1] Her first, self-titled album was issued that year, with "Someone Else's Turn to Cry" as the lead single.[3] Following it were "Handful of Water" and "Just Because She Lives There", which became her first Top 40 entry on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, peaking at No. 36.[4] At the time of the album's release, Tennison had been divorced three times, and was a single mother of three children, of which an uncredited review in Radio & Records stated that "Chalee Tennison sounds like she truly understands the songs she sings. maybe it's because she's lived them."[5] Tennison told the same publication that "I feel very lucky as a new artist that I got to cut the kind of record I wanted to cut. It's very different, as far as the music itself, but it's all me."[1] She supported the album by touring in 1999 with Alan Jackson.[1]

Her second Asylum album was titled This Woman's Heart. Produced by Jerry Taylor, it included two more chart singles: "Makin' Up with You" and "Go Back", which also charted at No. 36.[6] A review of "Makin' Up with You" in Billboard praised Tennison's voice but criticized the song's central message of "looking to start a fight and encouraging her man to slam doors because she loves the way he looks when he tries to be tough."[7] The same publication published a favorable review of "Go Back", calling it " a stirring ballad that updates a long- favored tradition in country music -the trucker song." while also praising Tennison's voice and the song's melody.[8]

In 2002, she moved to DreamWorks Records and recorded her Parading in the Rain album on that label.[9] "Lonesome Road", the lead single to the album, charted late in the year, reaching No. 54.[4] Another single titled "Easy Lovin' You", which featured guest vocals from her daughter Tiffany, was issued in April 2003.[10]



Title Album details
Chalee Tennison
This Woman's Heart
  • Release date: October 10, 2000
  • Label: Asylum Records
Parading in the Rain


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1999 "Someone Else's Turn to Cry" 46 86 Chalee Tennison
"Handful of Water" 64
2000 "Just Because She Lives There" 36 78
"Makin' Up with You" 56 This Woman's Heart
2001 "Go Back" 36
2002 "Lonesome Road" 54 Parading in the Rain
2003 "Easy Lovin' You"[11]
"Parading in the Rain"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Album
2006 "Same Ol' Song and Dance" Leland Martin Leland Martin

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1999 "Someone Else's Turn to Cry" Jim Shea
"Handful of Water" Mo Fitzgibbon/Robert Walker
"Just Because She Lives There" Jim Shea
2000 "Makin' Up with You"
2003 "Easy Lovin' You" David Kriegel
2006 "Same Ol' Song and Dance" (with Leland Martin)


  1. ^ a b c d "New artist fact file: Chalee Tennison" (PDF). Radio & Records: 68. May 14, 1999.
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "allmusic ((( Chalee Tennison > Biography )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
  3. ^ Flippo, Chet (May 1, 1999). "Tennison's Ready for her 'Turn'". Billboard: 33.
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2012). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
  5. ^ "Chalee Tennison" (PDF). Radio & Records: 63. June 4, 1999.
  6. ^ "Tennison survives heartache, merger on Asylum". Billboard: 36. August 26, 2000.
  7. ^ "Reviews" (PDF). Billboard: 22. August 26, 2000.
  8. ^ "Reviews". Billboard: 29. November 18, 2000.
  9. ^ "Chalee Tennison to DreamWorks". Retrieved 2007-08-02.
  10. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records: 24. April 11, 2003.
  11. ^ "Country - Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. April 11, 2003.