Chesney releases "Blue Chair Bay" Xmas video
Monday, December 1, 2014
– Kenny Chesney released a video for his new holiday song, "Christmas in Blue Chair Bay," today at country radio and on Vevo.
Chesney culled from home movies of old friends from the islands for the song. "Everybody says stuff like that, but it's harder to do well than you'd think," Chesney said. "Thankfully, the people around me understood I wanted something people could make their own...the way the clip for 'Christmas In Blue Chair Bay' really is a lot of my old friends back when. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to create an online Christmas card...something they could send their friends, personalize with a message and different pictures."
Fans can also enter - via Facebook or email - a chance to win a Christmas present from Chesney by submitting their own customized Blue Chair Bay postcard. One Grand Prize winner will win a flyaway for two to the Bahamas as well as an exclusive Blue Chair Bay prize pack.
"We all have those special places we like to go to get away with our friends or our family," Chesney said. "It doesn't have to be the beach or the water...It could be a mountaintop or the desert. But somewhere you and yours go to get away from it all, and this video shows how that looks for me...And in the spirit of the season, I thought we could do a contest to send someone to my idea of paradise."
"I didn't set out to write a Christmas song. I was getting ready for a writing session, and we got talking about a lot of my trips to the islands. So many of them were around the holidays, people I know, adventures we've had and the way you can just savor a day when you don't have anywhere you have to be."
Chesney is prepping for The Big Revival Tour, which includes 18 major stadiums, starting March 26 in Nashville.
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