The 50th annual CMA Awards will be held this Wednesday, November 2nd and Kenny Chesney will receive a very prestigious award.
The singer, whose duet with Pink “Setting the World on Fire” recently topped the charts, is the 2016 recipient of the Country Music Association’s Pinnacle Award, given to an artist who has achieved global success with both ticket and record sales. So far, only two other artists have received the special award: inaugural honoree Garth Brooks in 2005 and Taylor Swift in 2013.
Chesney, who has 43 career CMA nominations and eight wins, four of them in Entertainer of the Year, won’t tour in 2017, aside from a few festival appearances.
“When I’m really busy I crave being still, and when I’m still I start to freak the hell out,” Chesney tells Rolling Stone Country.
But the break won’t last too long. He predicts a big 2018 tour.
“The second half of the year I’ll be mentally busy prepping for ’18, but the first half I’m going to be doing some shows and I’m hoping to be creative in some way,” he says. “Hopefully, I’ll get to spend some more time with my family and reconnect with the people you’re not supposed to have to get reconnected to, but that is my life and that is my truth.”
Watch the CMA Awards Wednesday, November 2nd at 8/7c on ABC.
Kenny Chesney won’t mount a major tour in 2017, but he’s added his second concert of the year in suburban Jackson, MS:
Country music superstar Kenny Chesney will be the featured headliner artist for a special C Spire Live concert on May 20, 2017 at the Baptist Health System campus in Madison, Mississippi.
Dubbed “Day of Country,” the live outdoor music event sponsored by C Spire and presented by Baptist FastPass also will feature performances by contemporary country music artists Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Jana Kramer and Russell Dickerson.
Tickets for the 2 p.m. concert go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 through Ticketmaster and online at cspire.com/concert. Prices are $80 each for general admission, $200 each for a special Sand Bar-themed area with complimentary food and four beverage coupons and $150 each for access to an exclusive area in front of the stage.
The concert will be held in the large open 30-acre field at the Baptist Health Systems campus just off Highland Colony Parkway near Highway 463 in Madison.
A limited number of premium VIP passes at $250 each will be available on a first-come, first serve basis. The passes offer limited parking and special access to an air-conditioned experience tent near the stage with complimentary food and beverages provided by The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen. Gates will open at noon.
Are you ready for new Kenny Chesney music? ‘Cosmic Hallelujah’, the latest album from Kenny, hits stores today!
Be sure to tune into The Today Show and the Ellen Degeneres Show to see Kenny promote the new album.
“I’ve been blessed with some of the best songs out there, some songs written, actually, just for this album by writers whose work I’ve loved for years,” Chesney said. “When ‘Setting The World On Fire’ came together, it opened a window of time – and some songs that had come in after we were done, I didn’t have to save for the next album. Suddenly, everything was changing, and the album I’m releasing now has a lot of what made ‘Some Town Somewhere’ capture the essential part of who the No Shoes Nation is, but really takes the your-life-is-now piece of ‘The Big Revival’ and expands it.
“And there’s one very special song I’ve been holding for years called ‘Coach’ that we went in and re-cut,” said Chesney. “It really captured that song’s heart.”
Swing by your favorite store or get the album now at Amazon or iTunes.
Similar to “Noise,” Chesney’s first single off the upcoming Cosmic Hallelujah, “Rich and Miserable” brings new depth to the singer’s career. Both songs add social commentary to his song repartee, going beyond the well-known (and well-loved) party anthems that Chesney is known for. And while “Noise” explored the effects of technological distraction, this latest track delves into the “American dream” and what happens when attaining it just leads to more misery.
In exploring the potentially devastating effects of being consumed in our pursuit of more, the lyric video for “Rich and Miserable” was aptly filmed in New York City. Black-and-white shots of the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and other monuments to freedom and wealth combine with a diverse range of New Yorkers holding chalkboards with the lyrics. From wealthy businessmen to convenience store cashiers, from teenagers to grandparents, from every race and economic background and stage of life, “Rich and Miserable” reveals that no matter where we find ourselves in the pursuit of our dreams, we always have the choice to exhaust ourselves striving for what’s next or to stop every once in a while and enjoy the present.
“This song is very unique for me,” says Chesney in a Facebook post. “I’ve been guilty of letting dreams be my master. I think the idea of me singing this song is me finally letting that go in my life and trying to live in the moment as much as I possibly can.”
“Rich and Miserable” is Chesney’s third single of his seventeenth studio album Cosmic Hallelujah. The song follows “Noise,” as well as July’s “Setting the World on Fire,” recorded as a duet with Pink. Chesney’s latest album will be released on Oct. 28, but fans can preorder Cosmic Hallelujah on iTunes now and receive four tracks immediately, including “Rich and Miserable.”
Kenny Chesney is gearing up for the Oct. 28 release of his new album Cosmic Hallelujah, and to celebrate he gave fans of his SiriusXM channel No Shoes Radio (Ch. 57) the exclusive opportunity to hear the album in its entirety before it’s released and ask him their most burning questions.
“This is what No Shoes Radio is all about,” Chesney said. “Going direct to the people who love this music as much as we do — and giving them the chance to get inside these songs in a very personal way. This record has had a very unusual path, and I am so glad people are finally hearing this music.”
SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Kenny Chesney will premiere on Friday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. ET on No Shoes Radio (Ch. 57). The exclusive album preview special will air the day before on No Shoes Radio at 6 p.m. ET.