Having just received the Country Radio Broadcasters’ Humanitarian of the Year Award at the 2020 Country Radio Seminar, Kenny Chesney’s new single “Here and Now” arrives at radio and all streaming platforms today.
“There is so much in the world we can’t change, and you can get so caught up in that, you miss your life. 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.”
“Get Along,” the lead single from his deeply personal Songs for the Saints, was a plea to come together, to focus on common truths and forget about things that divide people. In addition to becoming a multiple week No. 1, the track from the album whose proceeds went to the Love for Love City Foundation anchored a PassItOn.org PSA that has amassed almost three billion views.
The new David Lee Murphy/Craig Wiseman/David Garcia-written track weighs the varying realities of Chesney’s life and offers a clear assessment that the sweetest moment is the present.
“This song kind of blew my mind. The chorus is everything I feel about that time onstage with No Shoes Nation…that rush of it absolutely being the best place, best moment in the entire world. There’s no rush like it.”
Created during a writing retreat Chesney staged in Malibu, designed to be equal parts songwriting escape and catching up with old friends, it captured the spark of the trip.
“Like the chorus says, ‘You and me, ain’t it good to be alive/ Ain’t no better place, ain’t no better time/ Than here and now…’,” says the clearly delighted 8-time Entertainer of the Year. “I know there will days and moments that suck, but so many of them, we can decide how we feel and what we want to focus on. I’m hoping No Shoes Nation – and everyone else – can hear this and feel really good about the moment.”