Announced today, Kenny Chesney is gearing up to release his 19th studio album this coming May, just in time for the summer.
Written and recorded over the past 18 months, the upcoming album, titled Here And Now, is officially done. And according to a press release, it’s his first “official” project with Warner Music Nashville.
“When you’re this far into a career,” says Chesney. “I think artists need to keep pushing themselves and the music without losing sight of who they are, or forgetting the people you make music for. No Shoes Nation is a very passionate place without borders; I get inspired every time I see and hear them. These are passionate people who work really hard. They make a difference in their community in all kinds of ways, giving back not so people think they’re good, but because that’s who they are and what they do. When they listen to music, they’re all in – and when they hear something they like, you can feel it in how they respond.”
For this album, Kenny wanted continue his upbeat message of positivity and to do so, he brought in some of the best writers he could find. If you remember back to last summer, Kenny collaborated with Ed Sheeran for a song called “Tip Of My Tongue,” but there’s still no word if that one will make the record or not.
“You know, it’s going to have a high fun factor. People work hard, and need music that makes them smile, that kicks them into a happy place. There are also songs here that look at very specific people, that tell one person’s story, but it could be any of us. That’s the mark of a good song: let one person’s specific life say so much about a lot of people’s lives. And one of the things I really wanted was to bring a lot of my favorite writers together, not to do ‘writing camp,’ but just hang out and talk, remember when it was the stories and laughs that sparked songs, not sitting down to churn out something to cut.”