Kenny Chesney’s love song to free-spirited females everywhere, “Wild Child,” has become his latest chart-topper, and is also a milestone for collaborator Grace Potter, who joins him on the song. The ethereal-sounding tune is Potter’s very first No. 1, making it doubly special for both she and Chesney, who says he realized the moment he penned it that the song was definitely a standout.
“I knew this was a very special song when I finished writing it with Shane [McAnally] and Josh [Osborne],” Chesney says. “It was everything I wanted to say about what makes a woman alluring… about those things that capture your imagination and make you want to be closer. It certainly wasn’t the norm of what was happening with country radio, but it felt like something I wanted people to remember, to think about. We didn’t know how it was going to do, especially right now when ballads are everything people aren’t listening to, but we believed in the song. I wanna say ‘thank you’ to country radio for thinking outside the box. Your support made this possible.”
Having Potter add vocals to the song was especially apropos considering she was basically the embodiment of the song itself, according to Chesney.
“When we wrote this, I knew we needed Grace Potter’s voice on there, because she is everything the song is about. That it gets to be her first No. 1 record somehow seems so right, because the song is her, as well as so many other women and young girls that I know. To me, a girl who is so alive, so in the moment, so curious and hungry for life…There’s nothing like her. You can’t tie ’em down. So free…and so intense because of it. Nothing is more attractive. To me, that makes women really special. Whether they want to live in the mountains, become a doctor, play music in Hawaii, surf around the world, whatever their passion is, that is what drives them – and man, it’s an amazing thing.”
The tune that name-checks Bonnaroo and Burning Man ironically hit the charts just as Bonnaroo 2015 breaks camp for another year, and is Chesney’s third straight Number One from his CD The Big Revival and his 27th career chart-topper.
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