Kenny Chesney will release his forthcoming album, Songs For the Saints, on July 27 and the 11-tracks feature collaborations with Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley and Mindy Smith.
Proceeds from the album will go to the Love for Love City Fund for Virgin Island Relief as the area is still recovering from the devastation from Hurricane Irma in 2017. As Kenny explains, he wanted to create a record that shows the spirit and resilience of the people who live on the islands.
“To me, it’s about the hope, the strength, the joy and the courage they are bringing to the task of rebuilding after a kind of destruction no one has ever seen before,” the singer says in a press release. “To let them know, they’re not only not forgotten months later, but we’re holding them up as inspiration – and offering help in any way that we can, including music. Because music heals, it inspires, and this is for them.”
The singer has already seen a positive response to the new music with the album’s lead single, “Get Along,” which is currently in the Top 10 on the country charts. Meanwhile, Kenny shares that his three guests on the project have a special tie to his life in the islands.
“Ziggy Marley, and his family’s legacy, holds so much truth for all of the people I know down there. Mindy Smith’s Come To Jesus was an album I lived with from morning to night when I was first going down there – and her voice sounds like an angel,” he says. “And Jimmy, more than the lost shaker of salt, understands the poetry of the islands beyond what tourists see, the life in a way that made a song written decades ago so current. I’m honored they also want to help.”
Kenny’s Songs For the Saints Track Listing:
1. “Songs for the Saints”
2. “Every Heart”
3. “Get Along”
4. “Pirate Song”
5. “Love for Love City” (with Ziggy Marley)
6. “Ends Of The Earth”
7. “Gulf Moon”
8. “Island Rain”
9. “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season” (with Jimmy Buffett)
10. “We’re All Here”
11. “Better Boat” (featuring Mindy Smith)