NYCS First Impression: Kenny Chesney ‘Songs for the Saints’

Kenny Chesney Songs for the Saints

“Every color, every creed, together in good times, together in need, all of God’s love for love city…”

Kenny Chesney is known for his easy-going lifestyle, championing the phrase  “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” and the luxury of living life on a tropical island when he isn’t on the road selling out football stadiums.  For his new record deal with Warner Music Nashville, Chesney released Songs for the Saints, available everywhere today. After catastrophe struck Chesney’s most beloved islands in the form of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 Hurricane last year, wreaking havoc on the Caribbean, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, he decided to set up Love for Love City Foundation, a fund to channel relief to the people who reside on these islands. All of the proceeds from this album will go directly to the foundation.

The entire record was written and recorded in a three week period after the massive storm hit, Chesney channeled his anxiety and inner turmoil, which is heard throughout each track.  “This album isn’t about the devastation, it isn’t about the destruction, it’s important to me that everyone knows that, but what it is about is the people and their heart and their spirit and the sense of community in these islands because those communities, these people make up the Caribbean and makes up everything I love about it. I love them and this record is for them,” Chesney stated in a recent Instagram post.

The first single from the project “Get Along” is a tribute to the community the people of the islands offer, hoping that in such a chaotic world we can all put our differences aside and realize how truly similar we all are.  Chesney landed his 30th career No. 1 on  Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Get Along” and became the artist with the most No. 1 hits in the history of the chart.

Chesney collaborates with three very different, yet impeccable guest voices on Songs for the Saints,  Ziggy Marley on “Love for Love City”,  Jimmy Buffet on “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season” and Mindy Smith on the closing track “Better Boat”.  The album as a whole is an easy listen, most of the songs won’t become staples in his energetic live show, but the purpose and objectives are clear, write music that represents a lifestyle, a community and a family that you are proud to support.

Each track fills your heart with warmth and tropical vibes that will carry you through even the coldest winter months as Chesney finds inspiration and a muse in the hope and love the people of the islands showcased after the cataclysmic disaster.

Grab your copy of Songs for the Saints, keeping in mind the proceeds will directly benefit the people of the islands and the recovery efforts.  Kenny Chesney hits Metlife Stadium on August 18th for his Trip Around the Sun tour.  For tickets and additional tour dates head to https://www.kennychesney.com/events.

 

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