Kenny Chesney Celebrates 34th No. 1 Single with ‘Knowing You’

After a 37-week climb to the top, Kenny Chesney‘s “Knowing You” officially reached the No.1 spot at country radio.  Even…


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December 6, 2021


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After a 37-week climb to the top, Kenny Chesney‘s “Knowing You” officially reached the No.1 spot at country radio. 

Even though he knew sending a ballad to radio was a bit of a risk, Chesney charged forward because he believed in the song. It turns out, his intuition was correct as the sentimental song about losing someone you love resonated with fans far and wide.

“Losing people you care about is always hard,” Chesney admits. “There’s a hole where all that adventure used to be. But if you pause for a moment, remember all the crazy times; the discoveries, moments you shared while sad and laughing… If you take all that in, if you know the person who’s gone brought all that to you; how can you be anything but glad? When you’re sad, it’s so easy to forget… But I worry we lose all the love and beauty in sadness over what’s gone. My hope, throughout the life of this single, has been for people to take this idea and embrace it, embrace that person they loved who’s gone and celebrate every small thing that was part of their relationship.”

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Earlier this year, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year brought the song to life with a cinematic music video, directed by Shaun Silva and shot in Gloucester, Mass and St. Croix. 

The clip brings the emotional song to life in cinematic form, showcasing Chesney’s acting skills alongside a female counterpart. The Shaun Silva-directed clip features scenes shot off the coast of Massachusetts as well as in the Virgin Islands. 

“One of the things about this video I love is the way you can feel the settings,” Chesney said at the time. “And each location – whether in Gloucester, Mass. or the Virgin Islands — was selected because it feels the way these emotions actually feel. As I’ve said, over and over lately, the people who come into your life and then are gone, it’s for any number of reasons. But beyond missing them, you have the opportunity to recognize what they brought to your life and be thankful.”

Kenny Chesney Knowing You Single Art; Photo by Allister Ann
Kenny Chesney Knowing You Single Art; Photo by Allister Ann

“Knowing You” was co-written by Brett James,  Adam James and Kat Higgins and appears on Chesney’s latest album, Here & Now.

Chesney will soon make his long-awaited return to the road with the launch of his Here And Now 2022 Tour, kicking off on April 23 in Tampa, Florida. 

The summer trek will also feature Dan + ShayOld Dominion and Carly Pearce at the stadium shows and Carly Pearce at select amphitheater concerts. 

For additional details, visit Chesney’s official website

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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 and her work being featured on 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.