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“KENNY CHESNEY SIGNS WITH WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE”

Straight From Kenny Camp!

Blue Chair Records/Warner Bros. Records is Superstar’s New Label Home

L to R: President of  Morris Higham Management, Clint Higham; Chairman and President Warner Music Nashville, John Esposito; Kenny Chesney; and Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Jess Rosen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Warner Music Group and Warner Music Nashville are honored to welcome eight-time ACM winner and CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney to the Warner Music family. As part of WMN, the songwriter/superstar’s music will be released on the Blue Chair Records/Warner Bros. Records label.
 
Since leaving East Tennessee with a handful of songs and a dream bigger than he understood, Kenny Chesney has developed into the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” and the Los Angeles Times proclaimed “The People’s Superstar.” With over 30 million albums sold, 30 No. 1s, and countless sold-out stadium tours that sell in excess of a million tickets every time he takes to the road, the 2018 Country Album of the Year GRAMMY nominee is on the verge of yet another creative renaissance.
 
“It is a big deal to change labels,” said Chesney. “But when you hear Max, Espo, and Cris Lacy talk about music, about what it means and does, when you hear that passion, you can’t help but get fired up. To me, music is only complete when it gets to the fans and becomes part of their lives. The people at Warner understand my commitment to that idea, and they’re just as committed to those ideals as I am.”
 
“Kenny Chesney embodies the relentless pursuit of artistic freedom and expression,” said WMN Chairman & CEO John Esposito. “An unapologetic free spirit, he has built a career on perseverance, drive, innovation, and most especially, great songs. Everything he does is inspired. It is with deep respect and honor that we welcome Kenny to Warner Music Nashville. We couldn’t be more excited to work with him and his team.”
 
“Kenny’s not only a country music icon, but an American superstar, who’s still hungry to write, record, and perform amazing music that moves millions of people,” said Warner Music Group CEO, Recorded Music Max Lousada. “The fact that he has chosen Warner Music as his new label home is a huge testament to the culture created by Espo and his team, who have made our Nashville operation a magnet for both emerging talent and established artists. I join Espo in welcoming Kenny into the Warner family, and we’re all looking forward to amplifying his success and taking his music to fans across the globe.”
 
About Kenny Chesney:
Kenny Chesney is an American musical force. With 30 No. 1 hits, including “American Kids,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” “I Go Back,” “Noise,” and “Pirate Flag,” over 30 million albums and 38 million tracks sold, he has created the soundtrack for coming of age in the heartland in the 21st century. His commitment to his fans – known as the No Shoes Nation – has seen Chesney succeed as the only Country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts for the past 25 Years, as well as consistently playing NFL stadiums across the U.S. That commitment to giving his fans songs that hold their lives, and concerts where he consistently breaks records, reflects the passion that fuels the songwriter/superstar.
 
About Warner Music Nashville
Warner Music Nashville was created in 2009 with the goal of expanding the presence of WMG and its family of labels has had in the Nashville music community for more than 60 years. Under the leadership of Chairman & CEO John Esposito, the division is home to Warner Bros. Nashville, Atlantic Nashville, Elektra Nashville and the LoudMouth comedy label.
 
About Warner Music Group
With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, Canvasback, East West, Elektra, Erato, FFRR, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Spinnin’, Warner Bros., Warner Classics, and Warner Music Nashville, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world’s leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide. 

‪”Cosmic Hallelujah Scores Best Country Album Nod at 2018 Grammy Awards‬”

For Immediate Release From Kenny Camp

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Kenny Chesney’s Unorthodox Grammy Nomination

 

Nashville, Tenn. — When Kenny Chesney switched the lead single to “Noise” nine days before the launch of Cosmic Hallelujah, people thought he was crazy. But the song – written, recorded and mastered in three days – spoke to the toxic information overload in a way that felt urgent, and the 8-time Entertainer of the Year decided to let the music speak to the 24/7 rush of constant connection. From that moment, everything about the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee’s 16th album defied conventional wisdom.

Today, Cosmic Hallelujah received Chesney’s first solo Grammy nomination for Best Country Album for at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Upon hearing the news, he marveled, “People thought I was crazy doing what felt right for the music. But sometimes songs need to be released, or given a video even if they’re not a single, or have the people who’re living the song make the video… It’s easy to lose track of the music in the marketing and the promotion, but for Cosmic Hallelujah, I wanted music to drive the decisions. Right now, I feel that was the right thing to do.”

From “Noise” being written, recorded and swapped at the last minute, to the euphoric multiple-week No. 1 “Setting the World On Fire” with P!nk, a provocative, big budget “Paper Chase” video featuring John C. McGinley for “Rich and Miserable,” which never was a single, to a three-week No. 1 final single “All the Pretty Girls,” with a  video made by a pair of Belmont University students, nothing about Cosmic Hallelujah followed traditional orthodoxy. As Chesney says of the decisions, “It was a lot of heart, soul, and passion driven by music.”

The critics agreed. The New York Times recognized the stretch, writing, “a long, long way from Mr. Chesney’s typical arena-country ballads about rural pleasures and island getaways,” and NPR cited the album’s depths of “folk’s storytelling, soul’s honesty and gospel’s spirit,” while Los Angeles Times opined, “the new album offers deeper, more nuanced thoughts on the distractions of the Instagram era (“Noise”), the comforts of home (“Jesus and Elvis”) and even the stagnation of the American dream (“Rich and Miserable”).”

Co-produced with Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard), Cosmic Hallelujah marked a progression from The Big Revival, both groundbreaking records for Chesney. Reflecting the kindred spirits of the No Shoes Nation, who are voracious to live life, Chesney’s fourth Grammy nomination stands as recognition for finding the intersection between connecting through traditional mainstream media/radio and creating music that digs a little deeper.

Entertainment Weekly agreed, “His attempts at digging deeper make the lighter material feel earned, and they elevate his work above much of country’s escapist fare,” while Newsday called it, “country perfection,” and The Boston Globe deemed it “a love song to another person and to the idea of getting away…working from a larger sonic palette, one that incorporates ideas from stadium-rockers with whom he shares dressing rooms and the rollicking Nashville bars that still loom large in country’s imagination.”

“The Grammys represent the entire music community coming together,” Chesney explains. “It’s the best of the best of every kind of music there is, voted on by the creators, the players, the songwriters, producers and engineers. To have this nomination means a lot, because it is about the music – and given how Cosmic Hallelujah got here, I can’t think of a better honor.”

“David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney Crack The Top 40”

For Immediate Release From Kenny Camp
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
 

“Everything’s Going To Be Alright” Hits A Magic Mark in Two Weeks!

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  When times are tough, a good ole boy’ll figure out how to stay sane – and then write a song about it. But for David Lee Murphy, he took things a step further when he wrote “Everything’s Gonna To Be Alright.” Rather than just write it and pitch it, Murphy went into the studio and recorded it with his good friend Kenny Chesney.

The finding grace in a tough place, the mid-tempo song, with its drop-down shuffle that flows into a reggae undertow on the chorus, cracked the Country Top 40 just two weeks after add-date. Moving from 44 to 37 with a bullet on the Billboard chart, “Alright” leaps from 52 to 39 with a bullet on Mediabase.

“I knew when I heard it, it was a big ole hit,” says duet partner and co-producer Chesney. “And as much as I would’ve loved to have had it for one of my records, I was happy when David Lee said he wanted to cut it. He deserves to have a song as good as this… and I was, as I know I’ve said, really happy that he asked me to sing on it with him, because some songs just feel good going down.”

The guy Chesney calls “the original hillbilly rock star” is no stranger to great songs. Over the last dozen years or so, he’s penned No. 1s for Jason Aldean (“Big Green Tractor,” “The Only Way I Know”), Thompson Square (the Grammy-nominated “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”), Jake Owen (“Anywhere With You”) and Chesney (“Living In Fast Forward,” “Live a Little,” “Til It’s Gone”).

With the No. 1 “Dust on the Bottle” and 1995’s Most Played Song “Party Crowd,” the songwriter from Southern Illinois established a way of writing that gave regular lives desirability. That accessibility has long been an earmark of Murphy’s writing, and it certainly defines “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”

Murphy says of the song’s origins, “You watch the news, it’s rough. You can get caught up in that, or step back and trust life. Sometimes, a deep breath changes everything.”

Mostly, the percolating duet feels good. “Alright” suggests the solace of seeking balance to get through what life hands you may not be the worst idea in a world of urgent news cycles, the ever-quickening tech universe and often increasing workloads.

The lead track from Murphy’s upcoming No Zip Code, co-produced by Chesney, Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Merle Haggard) and Murphy, has arrived just in the nick of time. For those who like their country chill, with a dash of reggae, “Alright” is a sweet spot in a crazy space. 

After two weeks, landing in the Top 40 is a good start as the holidays arrive. Whether it’s your in-laws, your outlaws, work, traffic, or worse, when you start to flinch, just turn up the radio and exhale. 

“Jimmy, Kenny, Toby & Jake Spread Hurricane Relief Love Through Music”

The Sandbar & No Shoes Nation Represented in Tallahassee For Hurricane Relief!

                                                                                       

Wow! It seems every time we throw a pre-party or tailgate, we walk away more amazed at how blessed we are to be a part of The No Shoes Nation.

While tailgating before the hurricane relief concert we were able to throw an amazing raffle with the help of Blue Chair Bay, some special crafty NSN friends and even a displaced St. Johnian! With their donations we put together some great prizes to raise money for Kenny’s Love For Love City Foundation! Almost $1,600 later it looks like it was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that helped us pull that off! It will be an honor to donate that money on behalf of The No Shoes Nation!

During our tailgate we had a special visit from a close friend of the Sandbar, Jon Anthony from No Shoes Radio. He came to see what our raffle was all about! He told us that during a live interview with Kenny backstage, Kenny mentioned how proud he was of the No Shoes Nation for having all these “mini” fundraiser’s for his foundation and how much it means to the rebuilding of the Virgin Islands. Jon said that after the interview it was ironic that Kenny mentioned all the fundraising events, because he knew he was gonna be heading to the tailgates to check on a big party that some of his friends were having at their tailgate to raise money for Love For Love City! When he arrived to our tailgate he was taken back at how awesome it was to see 1st hand what the No Shoes Nation is capable of doing! After our live Read more »

“Kenny Chesney Live in No Shoes Nation is #1”

For Immediate Release From Kenny Camp
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

219,000 Is 8th #1 Billboard 200 Bow, 15th Country Album

Biggest Live Country Album Debut of This Century

Somewhere in No Shoes Nation — When Kenny Chesney started listening to show tapes from the last decade, it was just to relive some special moments from a life lived largely on the road. But the more he listened, the more he was struck by what he heard coming back from the other side of the footlights. It was the fans – known as the No Shoes Nation – who knocked him out track after track, summer after summer. And with that knowledge Live in No Shoes Nation came to life.

“It’s such a rush to hear No Shoes Nation in full force,” Chesney says. “As fast as the nights go down, I didn’t even realize how good they sound – and the energy, the heart and the voices are awesome in the moment – so I wanted to make sure they got to hear what I was hearing during my year off.”

To heighten that connection between the live experience and these recordings, Chesney opted to make the physical recordings available to anyone purchasing a ticket to next summer’s Trip Around the Sun 2018 stadium shows. As the only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years, in spite of only becoming a true headliner in 2002, Chesney has been called “The King of the Road” by The Wall Street Journal and “The People’s Superstar” by Los Angeles Times for his ability to connect at the stadium level for the last dozen years.

“It is about the connection,” he says. “Before the people ever get close, I’m sitting at the farthest point from the stage feeling how far it is from where I’ll Read more »

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