Kenny Chesney: Between a “Rock” and a Heart Place

A portion of record sales from "Life on a Rock" will support the islands.

Spend five minutes with Kenny Chesney and you'll know he's one of the warmest, kindest souls in country music. Get to know him and you'll discover his passion for life in the islands.

So it makes sense that Kenny would pay it forward by donating a portion of the sales from his new album, Life on a Rock, to his second home, the U.S. Virgin Islands—more specifically, to Virgin Islands National Park.

“As the world becomes more developed, protecting these wild places is going to become harder—and the cost of maintaining them needs to be covered,” he explains. “It’s easy to forget, or not understand when it’s a line item on a piece of paper, just one more expense. But if you’ve ever seen the trees, the oceans from a ridge, the way it all tangles together, you realize how important making sure lands like this exist for the people who come after us is.

“For me, Life on a Rock comes from this place, so I want to give something back, so it’s there for others," Kenny continues. "Let them find the peace and the awe that I did for so many years. And I like that the music can be connected with protecting something so important.”

After falling in love with the tropical paradise on a video shoot, Kenny bought a home in St. John and became immersed in the island culture that has inspired much of his music.

Life on a Rock hits stores April 30.

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