Kenny Chesney has announced that his next radio single will be “Knowing You”. The classic country waltz embraces someone who’s gone – a lover, soulmate, friend or relative – from a place of how good it was, how much was learned and how alive what was shared makes you feel.
“We all have those people in our lives,” Chesney reckons, “who set you on fire with possibilities, make everything mean more in the moment and forever after that. It’s so technicolor and alive, you may not even realize when you’re in it. But when it’s done, you have to smile because you’re so much more for knowing them, so much more because of every second you shared.
“Maybe they left you to chase a dream, maybe circumstances pulled you apart, maybe they died, but wherever they are, you know they’re bringing all that to that place – because that’s what they do. It’s what they did for you, and you can only be grateful for what you experienced.”
For the eight-time Entertainer of the Year and only country artist in the Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years for the last dozen years, the idea of recording a simple country song appealed.
“It sounds like coming home in a lot of ways,” Chesney explains. “This is the essence of all the music that country is. When you hear this, something inside tingles, because it’s more than production tricks, the guitars, or how hard the drums hit, it’s just so pure… Country at its very best is true, it’s from the heart. ‘Knowing You’ is just that, it’s all heart.”
Written by longtime friend Brett James (“Out Last Night,” “Spirit of the Storm,” “When the Sun Goes Down”), Adam James and singer/songwriter Kat Higgins, who celebrates her first single with this song, it’s a postcard from what was that sweetens where we are in ways the singer and the listener could have never imagined. More than wistful, it smiles to the horizon for the one who’s gone and everything about who they’ve become that’s richer for their relationship.
“It’s not that it’s gone,” Chesney says, “it’s that it happened.”
Pausing, he explains what he hoped the track would evoke, “With that tempo – and the way the guys played it – there is so much room for the memories, the feelings, the details of not just what happened, but how you were changed in such powerful ways. To have a song that leaves room for dreaming, for remembering? That amazed me, and it seems so important right now.”