We’re all truly fortunate that Kenny Chesney loves this place. Kenny announced earlier this week that all of the proceeds from his next album, Songs for the Saints, will go to his Love For Love City Fund. It’s another amazing gesture from an amazing human bestowed on all of us.
Kenny began work to help our islands while many of us were still hunkered down as Irma’s winds howled across St. John. He immediately set up the Love For Love City Fund and within 48 hours had a crew on the ground on St. John who delivered supplies, helped to clear roads and evacuated people off of our ravaged island. For that past nine months, Kenny’s Love For Love City Fund has accomplished so much here in the Virgin Islands and over in the British Virgin Islands as well. We’ve written about their accomplishments twice. Click here and here to read those posts.
The fact that Kenny is now donating 100 percent of his proceeds from Song for the Saints leaves me speechless. The following was posted on Kenny’s website earlier this week:
As friends were being airlifted off the Hurricane Irma-toppled Virgin Islands, Kenny was in the studio recording what in many ways was his response to the destruction that swept through in the Caribbean. Writing, recording and searching for songs in the moment added an immediacy to the music, and those recordings became Songs for the Saints.
Deeply personal, but more importantly, deeply committed to the rescue and healing of the people who live in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the project goes past the trauma to focus on the indomitable spirit of those people. The 11 songs offer hope, support, commitment and especially recognition of how irrepressible they are.
“I wanted to make a record that shows the spirit and resilience of the people who live on those islands, who are generationally tied to them, or are raising families there,” Kenny explains. “To me, it’s about the hope, the strength, the joy and the courage they are bringing to the task of rebuilding after a kind of destruction no one has ever seen before. To let them know, they’re not only not forgotten months later, but we’re holding them up as inspiration – and offering help in any way that we can, including music. Because music heals, it inspires, and this is for them.”
… “Creating like this, you don’t have a master plan, but the music will take you and teach you,” Kenny explains. “I knew I wanted this album to show the spirit of the people, but I wanted it to focus on healing, on their gift to rise above such complete chaos and devastation. They had no power, no real food, nothing; they dug in, started clearing the land and rebuilding. To me, that’s inspiring.”
For those of you interested in purchasing this album and supporting the Love For Love City Fund, you can preorder it beginning today. The full album will be released July 27th. The following is its track listing:
- Songs for the Saints
- Every Heart
- Get Along
- Pirate Song
- Love for Love City (with Ziggy Marley)
- Ends Of The Earth
- Gulf Moon
- Island Rain
- Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season (with Jimmy Buffett)
- We’re All Here
- Better Boat (featuring Mindy Smith)
And for those of you who missed it, here is the album’s title track in its entirety: