Kenny Chesney Donates Portion of Life On A Rock

Kenny Chesney Donates Portion of Life On A Rock

Friends of the US Virgin Islands National Park to Benefit from 4/30 Release

Kenny Chesney didn’t know what he’d found the first time he went to
the Virgin Islands for a video shoot. But over the next 15 years, he
found a harbor in the craziness, friends he would have far beyond
stardom and a place that grounded him in the beauty of the ocean, the
shore and the national parks. Over time, all that would inspire him to
write a lot of songs for himself and his friends; now a handful of those
songs have become Life On A Rock, which arrives April 30.

Given the powerful role the various islands in the
Caribbean have played in his life, the singer/songwriter wanted to do
something to honor on all that. To that end, Chesney will donate a
portion of his proceeds of the sales of Life On A Rock to the Friends of
the US Virgin Islands National Park to insure the legacy of nature for
coming generations.

“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,” Chesney 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. 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.”

The Friends of the US Virgin Island was founded 25
years ago, with the sole intent of protecting and preserving the natural
habitat in the US Virgin Islands. The organization has been responsible
for creating and maintaining accessible trails, beach restoration,
coral reef research, various educational projects including
ranger-in-training camps and hands-on learning for school children, ship
mooring, archeological preservation and underwater explorations, as
well as general staffing, volunteers and maintenance. “It also includes
cultural preservation with relics from the Pre-Colombian Amerindian
Civilization, remains of colonial sugar plantations and reminders of
African Slave and Substistence Culture during the 100 years after
Empanicaption.*

“Our national parks are one of those things you might
not think about.” Chesney explains. “But once they’re gone, you can’t
get them back, so protecting and maintaining them is so important. I
know: I’ve spent hours in these parks, on these trails and beaches. Over
the years, they’ve been a big part of my time away from the road, and I
think they’re a great sanctuary for all of us. To me, to connect these
songs with something so special is both an honor and a chance to call
awareness to the Friends of the Park.”

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park (Friends):
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and
protection of the natural and cultural resources of Virgin Islands
National Park (Park) and promotes the responsible enjoyment of this
unique national treasure.

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