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After more than 20 years in the business, you would think there wouldn’t be a lot that could rattle a country music superstar in an interview. Seriously, 20 years of making hits means a lot of interviews and a lot of questions.
However, when Kenny appeared on the Nov. 1 edition of “The Talk,” he was at a loss for words after show host Sara Gilbert asked him if he had ever done anything crazy in the name of love.
The country star chuckled a bit, dipped his head bashfully and said, “I don’t get embarrassed easy. You did it.” He then admitted that he had once driven to Canada from Tennessee just to see a girl, but he also quickly added, “I was invited,” to avoid anyone suspecting him of stalking.
Ah, the things we do for love, especially young love, which is exactly what Kenny’s current single, “Setting the World on Fire,” is about. He told “The Talk’s” panel of hostesses, “It was just a special song from day one. I felt that I could sing that song and do it well, but it had to have the female perspective because it’s about young love; it’s about new love; it’s about the moment when like turns into love. And that’s a really cool moment. I think the characters in the song, they just want to live in that moment forever.”
He went on to explain that, at first, he wasn’t sure who would be his duet partner.
“I needed that other person, but who was it,” he said. “I didn’t know who I wanted to sing it with. Then I heard Pink and I loved her voice forever, and we had mutual friends, so I sent her this song and she said, ‘I knew I wanted to sing this song on the first listen.’ It would not have been the same without her, because her voice holds so many emotions. It takes a special singer to make people feel a lot of emotions at once and she does that.”