In an interview on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade this morning (Sept. 8), Kenny Chesney talked about how parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands have been devastated by Hurricane Irma, including the island of St. John, where the artist owns a residence.
Though Kenny was not there to experience the hurricane in person, he told Robin Meade that friends in the area described the damage as “biblical in nature.”
When asked about his house on St. John, Kenny said, “It’s just simply gone.” But the country star didn’t seem very concerned with his own property.
“That place and the people mean so much more to me than my house. I’ve always felt that music was medicine and I’m gonna do everything that I possibly can to try to relieve some stress from people that I’ve really grown to love over the years, who have meant so much to my life. This place, these islands, have meant so much to me. They’ve shaped me as a human being. It’s given me creativity. It’s given me a different way to look at the world, a different window to see the world through. And when you look through that window right now, as you can tell, it’s just devastation. It’s really odd to see such a beautiful place look like a war zone.”
Although Hurricane Irma is still on the move, Kenny and his team have already begun creating a new relief foundation called “Love for Love City,” a reference to St. John’s nickname, “Love City.” The details are still being finalized, but in addition to accepting donations, Kenny said that there will be a “musical connection” to help raise money.
Listen to the entire interview with HLN’s Robin Meade below. Check Kenny’s website for updates on how to donate to his forthcoming Hurricane Irma relief foundation.
Kenny Chesney photo courtesy Sony Music Nashville; Hurricane Irma photo courtesy Kenny Chesney Instagram;