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Kenny Chesney Establishes Fund For Boston Marathon Victims

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Kenny Chesney watched the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in horror and has decided to help those injured in the April 15 tragedy.

According to industry source All Access Music Group, Chesney has established Spread The Love: A Fund For Boston through the Boston Medical Center to pay for prosthetics and post-acute care needed by the bombing victims.

“Music can be healing. When you’re at your lowest, it can inspire – the way these athletes, their friends, family and the city of Boston inspire me,” Chesney said. “I want to give back to the ones who need it, but also to heal all of us a little bit. So, spread the love.”

During an album listening party in Nashville on April 2, Chesney talked of his new LP, Like A Rock, out today (April 30).

“I wrote at home or in a boat. I was able to be still, which is tough for me as a creative person. It’s tough for me to enjoy the moment sometimes,” he said.

One track in particular, “Happy On The Hey Now (A Song For Kristi)” was difficult for him to write as it’s a tribute to a friend who passed away.

“This record was tough for me in the studio, especially that one,” he said. “To sing a song that personal about someone who really touched your life was hard for me. It really was. There’s a difference in singing something like ‘Pirate Flag,’ ‘When The Sun Goes Down,’ or ‘Summertime’ in the studio, and getting in there and singing a song like that. This record was so emotional and so close to me.”

Proceeds from sales of his song “Spread the Love,” off his new album Life On a Rock, will be added to the fund. Direct donations are also encouraged.

-Danielle Clasing, US99.5 /Chicago

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