Kenny Chesney’s ‘Here and Now’ Is All About Living in the Moment

Kenny Chesney encourages fans to live in the moment in his just-released new single, “Here and Now.” Serving as the…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 21, 2020


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Kenny Chesney encourages fans to live in the moment in his just-released new single, “Here and Now.”

Serving as the lead release from his forthcoming new album, the uptempo song fits perfectly in the superstar’s wheelhouse and delivers a timely message about embracing the present.

“Lotta people dreaming ‘bout one day, some day/ Waiting just around the bend/ I used to be one Wondering when they’d come/ but now I’m living in,” Chesney sings in the bridge.

Admitting that the song “blew my mind” when he first heard it, the East Tennessee native cut the track with his live show and his fans in mind.

“There is so much in the world we can’t change, and you can get so caught up in that, you miss your life,” Chesney shares. “I can’t save the world, but I can make music that makes people happy, play shows that let them forget their problems for an evening – and occasionally cut a song that maybe reminds all of us what we ought to be embracing.”

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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The release of “Here and Now” comes just days after Chesney was honored with the Country Radio Broadcasters’ highest honor – The Humanitarian of the Year Award. The eight-time Entertainer of the Year was on hand at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville to accept the trophy, which is awarded to artists who “have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career,” on Wednesday (Feb. 19) where he humbly thanked God for blessing him with a platform that allows him to give back.

“Here and Now” is available to stream and download now.

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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.