Chester Lester


Chester Lester first discovered his love for music as a child growing up in Charleston, West Virginia.  After playing in various bands as a teenager, Chester began touring in the early 60s, honing his songwriting craft in his spare time on the road.

Following a meeting several years later in Nashville with Waylon Jennings’ brother, Tommy, Chester decided to make the move to Music City, where he was introduced to Bill Walker at Con Brio Records and Publishing.  Walker signed Chester as a writer and artist, releasing his first two major singles, “Mama Make Up My Room” and “If Only We Could.”  Drawing immediate comparisons to artists like Don Williams, Jim Reeves and Kenny Rogers, Chester enjoyed success with both songs.

In the 80s, Chester focused more on his songwriting, enjoying a No. 1 hit with the song “She Left Love All Over Me” by Razzy Bailey.  He also garnered a Dove Award nomination for his Johnny Cash song, “Going By The Book.”  In 1989, Chester formed his own publishing company, Chester Lester Music.  A number of stars would eventually record his songs, including Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Bobby Vinton, Willie Nelson and Dean Martin.

Today, Chester spends most of his time producing other artists and recording overseas.


Albums From Chester Lester