This Thursday, Kenny Chesney will debut his much-anticipated new single, “Noise.” In advance of the release, the superstar is opening up about the song and what inspired him to write it along with Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman and Jon Nite.
“Sometimes you know you’ve got something so timely, so right then, you have to grab it,” Chesney shared in a press release issued this morning. “It seemed like everywhere I turn, everywhere I go, there is so much stuff coming at you. Your phone, your car, on the streets, on TV. Everywhere it’s just so loud, so much, so many different things – all pushing buttons, being sensational, shouting for attention. You can’t escape it, and you can’t turn it down.”
“When Shane and I started talking the next morning, the topic came up, then the song fell out with a real meter and the sense ‘This is a lyric,’” he continued.
Although the superstar had an important marketing meeting to get into, he knew this song was something he couldn’t shake off. “We got started, and I knew I had to get to that meeting – and was literally writing in the car as I was driving into town. I actually sat in my manager’s parking lot, still working on the lines, the phrasing, the rhythms… Until finally I had to go in.”
When Chesney hung up the phone to join the meeting, McAnally, Copperman, and Nite continued writing, and by the time the meeting was over, “Noise” was complete.
“Wrecking balls, downtown construction/ Bottles breaking, jukebox buzzing/ Cardboard sign says ‘The Lord is Coming’/ Tick tick tock…” the song’s lyrics begin. As the tempo builds up and the electric guitars chime in, the song continues, “Rumors turn the mills back home/ Parking lot kids with the speakers blown/ We didn’t turn it on, but we can’t turn it off off off…”
“The chorus is very orderly, very much a staccato press,” Chesney explained. “If there’s anything that sums up both the state of the world and the reality of what it costs us and feels like, it’s that. It’s all right there: ‘We scream, we shout til we don’t have a voice/ In the streets, in the crowds, it ain’t nothing but noise… drowning out all the dreams of this Tennessee boy/ Just trying to be heard… in all this noise’ says it all.”
“Noise” hits Country radio March 24. Fans can visit Kenny Chesney’s official Facebook page on March 24 at 3:45pm CT for the big reveal of the song. Until then, re-live some of Chesney’s biggest hits with the playlist below.