Kenny Chesney wrote his upcoming album, Songs for the Saints, specifically with the Virgin Islands in mind. After Hurricane Irma ravaged the islands, the country star has been active in relief efforts.
Kenny chose to collaborate with artists that blend in with the island lifestyle for the project. The new record will feature Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley, and Mindy Smith. He told Sounds Like Nashville:
“Each one of them has a tie to my life in the islands, but also reflect some piece of what we’re trying to do.”
He continued: “Ziggy Marley, and his family’s legacy, holds so much truth for all of the people I know down there. Mindy Smith’s ‘Come To Jesus’ was an album I lived with from morning to night when I was first going down there. Her voice sounds like an angel. And Jimmy, more than the lost shaker of salt, understands the poetry of the islands beyond what tourists see. The life in a way that made a song written decades ago so current. I’m honored they also want to help.”
All proceeds from the album will go towards Chesney’s Love for Love City Fund to aid with Virgin Island relief.
The pre-sale for Songs for the Saints begins on June 15. The album officially drops on July 27.