Hear a Sneak Peek of Kenny Chesney’s New Single, ‘Here and Now’

After teasing that new music was finally on the way, Kenny Chesney just announced his next single. Arriving February 21,…


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February 6, 2020


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After teasing that new music was finally on the way, Kenny Chesney just announced his next single. Arriving February 21, “Here and Now” is the lead release from the superstar’s forthcoming studio album.

The song reminds listeners to live in the moment and stop waiting around for life to happen.

“Lotta people dreaming ‘bout one day, someday / Waiting just around the bend / I used to be one / Wondering when they’d come, but now I’m living in…” the eight-time Entertainer of the Year sings before diving into the song’s chorus.

“This song kind of blew my mind,” Chesney shared in a statement. “The chorus is everything I feel about my time on stage with No Shoes Nation…the rush of it absolutely being the best place, best moment in the entire world. There’s no rush like it.”


“But what really got me was the way the song puts everybody on notice,” he continued. “It says everything about how we all put off living our lives because there’s so much other stuff to do. Only thing is, that’s exactly how you miss everything that matters! It’s not the big stuff that gets you laughing or breaks the bad momentum, it’s what’s right here if you’ll bother to dial in and really feel it.”

According to a press release, “Here and Now” was written after the East Tennessee native phoned a few of his songwriting buddies – Craig Wiseman, David Garcia and David Lee Murphy – and asked them to join him in California for a hang. Not to crank out songs, but to enjoy each other’s company, drink a few beers and reminiscence on the old times. When they returned to their Malibu home, the song was born.

“When I heard it, it was everything we’d been talking about,” Chesney said. “The melody, the rhythm felt like what the song was made of. That line, ‘Everybody’s waiting, but they’re waiting on what? Better get to living, because all we’ve got is…here and now…’ That is the whole deal in two lines. Your life is now, get after it.”

With its live-in-the-moment message, “Here and Now” will undoubtedly be a staple in Chesney’s set list during his upcoming Chillaxification 2020 Tour, kicking off April 18 in Arlington, Texas.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.