Earlier this week country superstar Kenny Chesney announced that his new studio album, originally set for release on July 8, was pushed back to a release date of October 28. In addition to the new album date, Chesney also revealed that he has teamed up with pop icon P!nk for a collaboration. Their duet, entitled “Setting The World On Fire,” will be included on his forthcoming album.
Today, the “King of the Road” performed in New York City at Central Park as part of Good Morning America’s summer concert series. While chatting with GMA’s Ginger Zee and Jesse Palmer, Chesney revealed more changes happening on his new album. Originally entitled Some Town Somewhere, Chesney revealed that he changed the name, and the album is now titled Cosmic Hallelujah.
“The more I listened, the more these songs’ energy– especially ‘Setting The World On Fire’ – took hold,” Chesney said. “Some Town Somewhere is a great title, and it’s every single one of us. But then there’s how the album fits together, and even expands on what the last album did. So, I could go with what was already in place, or I could grab the title that felt the most right.
“In the end, these album titles are around for a very long time. I really try to have titles that give people a sense of what the music is, and what the album is all about. There sure is a lot of Some Town Somewhere for sure, but really when I pulled back and listened: these songs are all about taking The Big Revival to the next level; that level is Cosmic Hallelujah.”
“You can go so caught up in all of the rushing, the racing around,” Kenny shares. “Or you can use all that momentum and repel against it, use its energy to experience the rush of being absolutely in the moment. For everyone in the No Shoes Nation, when I look out, that’s what I see: people who’re so completely alive, everything coming off them is like a giant cosmic hallelujah!”
“The longer you do this, the more you appreciate inspiration when it’s genuine,” Chesney continues. “Making records, I have to compete with all the amazing songs I’ve already cut, and every time I go in, I want to raise the bar – or increase that surge of energy you get from a great song. It doesn’t get any easier. Thankfully, there’s ‘Setting the World On Fire’ with P!NK, ‘Jesus & Elvis’ from Matraca Berg, Hayes Carll and Allison Moorer, incredible songs from Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally and David Lee Murphy to name a few…You don’t want to settle for a great name when you can have a name that is the essence of what you’ve got. When you can feel the energy and see where this is going, it’s a Cosmic Hallelujah – and then some.”
Cosmic Hallelujah is set to hit shelves on October 28.