Kenny Chesney Sets The Stage For ‘BORN’ – New Album Details Emerge
The superstar continues to fuel excitement over his forthcoming new studio album.
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Allister Ann
Kenny Chesney continues to fuel fans’ excitement surrounding his highly anticipated next studio album with the announcement of the album title and release date.
On Wednesday morning, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year took to social media to reveal plans to release BORN on March 29, 2024. The announcement came just after he revealed that he’s been in the recording studio and that he’s co-written several songs that will appear on the project.
New Album, BORN, Arrives On March 29
“You never want to think it’s all about you, or that in this crazy world, it’s all about your music,” he points out. “I’m just trying to find songs that continue the story of who we are…how we live, breathe, work, rock, kick back, and sometimes get tangled up in feelings that are anything but simple. Then you see people react the way they have to the news, and you go, ‘Well, okay…’
Inspiration Behind The Album Cover
Of the album art, which features Chesney sporting his signature straw cowboy hat with stunning shades of blue sky and ocean behind him, the superstar explains, “I’d already decided on the cover because it was something clean and simple and true. It’s the kind of picture that says everything, but leaves plenty of room for everything else. My friend Allister shot it, and it’s just me looking straight into No Shoes Nation. When I saw it, it was really the only choice for this record.”
The inspiration for the album title comes directly from the title track, “Born.” Chesney says that they are currently in the process of finalizing which tracks will be included in the project, but one certainty is that “Born” will be part of it.
“As for the title, well, we’re still not quite done deciding what’s going on here, but one thing’s for sure: BORN is absolutely the title track. It’s got a lot of heart, a lot of soul – and it speaks the truth about living, life and what we’re all doing here,” he explains. “Banjo out front, a great big pocket that rocks back and forth, it feels great. But more importantly, it’s a lyric that throws out all the options, never tells you what to do and throws out the one existential truth no matter what you choose: ‘one thing’s for certain, we’ve all been living since the day we were born.’”
“Take Her Home”
Another track that will make the final cut is his current single, “Take Her Home.” Penned by Zach Abend, HARDY, and Hunter Phelps, the track continues to climb the charts at country radio.
“Every now and then, you find a song that just feels right,” Chesney previously shared of “Take Her Home.” “There’s an honesty about life that you can’t just churn out. Finding songs that ring true? When you hear one, you grab it – and that’s a lot of how this song happened. We were trying to decide what to lead with, and someone sent me this demo… and I knew. No more discussion. We had the song – and a great time turning it into a record. Real life? There’s nothing like it.”
BORN was recorded at various studios around Nashville and will serve as the follow-up to 2020’s Here And Now.
“I’m ready,” the East Tennessee native says of releasing new music. “Because of the amount of time we’ve had to work… and not just work, but really just hang out, write, experiment and play with different kinds of music… I got to go places, do some things we wouldn’t normally try because we have such a clear vision of what we’re trying to do.”
Weeks after releasing BORN Chesney will launch his Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour at Tampa, Florida’s Raymond James Stadium. The trek will visit stadiums around the country before wrapping up with an unprecedented three consecutive nights at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Lauren Jo Black
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.