Kenny Chesney On His Songwriting: ‘I Hope I Haven’t Written My Best Song’

Kenny Chesney wrote five of the 15 songs on his latest album, BORN. The country music hitmaker has written plenty of his own songs over the years, including “Knowing You,” “The Tin Man,” “Turning Home,” “Beer in Mexico” and more, but for all of his success, Chesney firmly believes his best days as a songwriter are still ahead of him.

“I hope I haven’t written my best song,” Chesney says on Apple Music’s Today’s Country with Kelleigh Bannen. “I still get up every day and feel like I have purpose to try and create and give music to the world. In that way I’m still seeking a lot.”

One of the five songs Chesney wrote on BORN is “The Way I Love You Now” with Mike Reid. It’s one that he is, rightfully, proud to have helped pen, and share with the rest of the world.

“It’s a pretty authentic one,” Chesney says. “I wrote that song with Mike Reid, who I really, truly love and respect. It’s about true forgiveness. You can say you can forgive someone, but once you have true life perspective, like years later, is when you forgive someone. That’s when it really matters, ’cause that’s how it happened for me anyway. That’s what that song is about.

“It’s about forgiveness, and really meaning. Having the right perspective to wrap your head around what that means,” he continues. “Taking ego completely out of the way, and taking life experiences out of the way, and seeing someone as a broken human being just like we all are.”

Whether it’s a song he wrote or a song he chose to record for BORN, the 56-year-old  hopes his fans know him a lot better by listening to all of the tracks on the project.

“I think the best thing someone could say about this album BORN is that it reflects me, is that it’s genuine,” Chesney said. “It’s not made-up, and there’s just a lot of me on it. It’s a fun record to listen to. It’s an emotional record to listen to. It’s a mirror to my life, and I think that’s what I would say when somebody asked me, ‘What do you want people to hear from this? What do you hope they take away from it?’ And that would be it.”

Chesney just wrapped up production rehearsals for his Sun Goes Down Tour, which kicks off on April 20 in Tampa, Florida. The Tennessee native is eager to spend time with the No Shoes Nation, but he’s also excited to spend time with hit talented band members.

“I never take my band for granted,” Chesney boasts. “When we get into rehearsals and the massive amounts of sound start bouncing off the walls, it just makes you stop and take it in. After all these years, there’s nothing like hearing Kenny or John or Danny taking a solo, and nobody plays drums like Nick Buda. Harmoni and Wyatt, the way they fill in harmonies? It’s a sound unlike any other, and I get to listen to them for the rest of the summer!”

Chesney will be joined on the road by Zac Brown BandMegan Moroney and Uncle Kracker. Find all of Chesney’s music and tour dates at

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