Chesney Writes Theme Song to New ESPN Series

posted July 25th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney is partnering with ESPN once again, this time composing the theme to a new series entitled “Rise Up.”

ESPN has ordered high school makeover show Rise Up to series and the network has enlisted country music star Kenny Chesney to write the theme song for the franchise.

Hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and DIY television personality Deanne Bell (PBS’ Design Squad), Rise Up gives needy high schools’ athletic facilities a makeover. The franchise bowed with a backdoor pilot last fall at New Orleans’ McMain Secondary High School. ESPN is currently in production on new installments in Boston, Seattle, Chicago and Wellston, Ohio, while executives hope to expand the series to six yearly installments in 2012.

The series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. with Wellston High School.

Joan Lynch, Rise Up executive producer and ESPN’s vp of content development, describes Chesney’s new song – an acoustic number titled “Rise Up” – as “a call to action.”

It’s the first time Chesney has been asked to compose a song for television, says Lynch. “He said to me, ‘Joan, this is the hardest thing I’ve done.’ And then he watched the [New Orleans episode of Rise Up] and he wrote the song in two hours. I couldn’t believe it when he emailed me the lyrics.”

Read more about the series here.

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