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Kenny Chesney Announces New Album 'Songs for the Saints'

Kenny Chesney
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Kenny Chesney

The album marks Chesney's first release on Warner Music Nashville.

When he’s not on tour, Tennessee native Kenny Chesney spends part of his time living on the island of St. John. Yet when Hurricane Irma hit in 2017, the 50-year-old performer was one of many residents to lose his home to the storm. While it was devastating, the community's resilience helped inspire his upcoming 17th studio album, Songs for the Saints. 

The album was recorded in the last few months since Irma hit -- and while Chesney had plans to record before the storm, the significant change in his life provided further inspiration. "So much has happened since I went off the road in 2016 and all of it, in one way or another, has ended up on this record," Chesney said in a press release.

"I was at a turning point in my life on so many levels, and then Hurricane Irma hit the Virgin Islands," he continued.

Songs for the Saints is Chesney's follow-up to 2016's Cosmic Hallelujah. The 12-track album was co-produced with Buddy Cannon and is Chesney’s first release since signing to Warner Music Nashville. The album will include Chesney’s triumphant single "Get Along," which he debuted live during the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards. The positivity of "Get Along" is an indication of what can be expected from Songs for the Saints. 

"It is an album about the refuges we all have, how temporary life is and the way we navigate to better places, dig in and face the destruction. And sometimes, we learn to own our wild hearts in the process," Chesney said. 

Chesney is currently in the midst of his Trip Around the Sun tour, hitting up cities around the US until late August. Songs for the Saints is due out on July 27 -- a day before Chesney’s tour stops in Chicago. The star expressed excitement over the album's outcome and being able to debut its songs on tour.

"I feel like I know what this album’s supposed to be, and I know how much it means to me. I wanted to get it just right, before we set a release date… and I think we’ve got it. I’m just glad we’ll have it out in time for me to play some of these songs this summer before the Trip Around the Sun Tour is over."


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