Kenny Chesney’s Theme Song for ESPN’s ‘Rise Up’ Now on iTunes
Kenny Chesney revealed a new song last night as ESPN began its new series 'Rise Up.' The show visits high schools across America and surprises the students and staff with makeovers. Last night's episode -- which began with Chesney's new 'Rise Up' theme song -- followed hosts Chris Spielman and Deanne Bell to a high school in Wellston, Ohio.
Immediately following the series premiere, Chesney announced via Twitter that 'Rise Up' was available for download at iTunes. He says he wrote the song in about two hours after watching an episode based in New Orleans.
“He said to me, ‘Joan, this is the hardest thing I’ve done.'" executive producer Joan Lynch told the Hollywood Reporter in July. "And then he watched the [New Orleans episode of 'Rise Up'] and he wrote the song in two hours. I couldn’t believe it when he emailed me the lyrics.”
"Rise above it / Sometimes you hate it sometimes you love it / You gotta rise up above it all," Chesney sings during the uplifting tune. "This ol' world keeps turning, you get crushed beneath the wheel / We all got broken lives / But broken lives can heal."
As of now, 'Rise Up' is not expected to be included on a future Chesney project, nor has the singer announced plans to release it as a single. Last year he released 'Boys of Fall' to radio before turning the song into the theme of a documentary about the importance of high school football. He's previously worked with ESPN on 'The Color Orange,' a documentary he produced and co-directed about his childhood idol Condredge Holloway, a University of Tennessee quarterback.
Listen to Kenny Chesney, 'Rise Up'