Chesnutt dropped out of school after his sophomore year of high school to begin playing with his father in clubs around Southeast Texas.
When he turned 17, his father began to take him to Nashville, Tennessee to begin recording.
Chesnutt surprised many fans in late 1998 when he recorded a cover of Aerosmith's recent hit, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." Chesnutt's version of this song was a #1 country hit for two weeks in February 1999, and peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Mark married his wife Tracie in 1992.
They have three boys, Waylon, Casey, and Cameron. The family lives in East Texas.