On a hot Wednesday afternoon in Nashville, TN, several hundred members of the Nashville country music community gathered on the third floor of Acme Feed & Seed on Lower Broadway to celebrate one of the biggest songs of the year. The party, hosted by Kenny Chesney, was a celebration for his chart-topping David Lee Murphy collaboration, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”
The singer/songwriters joined together with Chris Stevens and Jimmy Yeary, who co-wrote the song with Murphy, as well as producer Buddy Cannon.
After all of the formal speeches were made by the many publishing companies and labels involved in making the song what it was, both Murphy and Chesney took the mic for their own thank yous.
“First, I wanna thank Chris and Jimmy. We knew the day we wrote it, this was a hit even if nobody played it,” said Murphy. He continued by praising Reviver Records for their hard work in taking the song to the top of the charts. “They were tough as can be, and we had a long haul. They’ve worked really hard on this record. We knew it was going to be a fight, but every regional got in there and gave it their all. We said you can run, but you can’t outrun us.”
Chesney was quick to praise is longtime friend, who has written many of the biggest songs in country music (“Living in Fast Forward” for Kenny Chesney, “Anywhere With You” for Jake Owen, “Big Green Tractor” for Jason Aldean, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” for Thompson Square).
“This all started three, four years ago, because David Lee would send me all these songs–demos that sounded like records–and he was singing so great,” shared Chesney. “I remember thinking, ‘I’d love to hear that on the radio.’ It seemed to me that there were a lotta people who aren’t being sung to, and David Lee could be one of those people who could do that.”
It was because of Chesney’s championing that Murphy went back into the studio and recorded the chart-topping single, as well as several other songs for his latest album, No Zip Code. He’s now back on the airwaves with his follow-up, “I Won’t Be Sorry.”