Here’s the good news: Kenny Chesney has recorded a duet with pop star Pink for his new album, Some Town Somewhere. Now, here’s the bad news: the disc has been delayed until October 28.
The song is called “Setting the World on Fire,” and Kenny says in a statement, “To have a song that is so ‘right in the moment’ is a rare thing. ‘Somewhere With You’ had it, too. But that’s a song of wanting and…this is a song of being. But the more I listened, the more I knew I needed a woman’s voice, to be in the song with me.”
Luckily, Kenny had the perfect woman in mind: Pink, whom he’d befriended while he was in California. Kenny says, “[Her][ voice holds so many feelings all at the same time: joy, desire, a bit of toughness, a little hurt. She’s an incredible singer — and has this great tone that shines but has a little wear to it, but doesn’t sound beat up. So I called her.”
He describes Pink as “a generous spirit” who can “get inside a song and capture the spark.” He adds, “When you hear Pink on this song, you believe her — and to me, that’s everything the song required to come to life.”
As for pushing the album back, Kenny says he’s doing it because the duet was “worth waiting for.”
“Sure, it would be easier to just leave everything on schedule,” Kenny explains. “But when you have something you know is great, and it captures the best part of being alive, why wouldn’t you slow down enough to make it happen in the moment?”
Kenny will perform this Friday on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series.
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