Pictured at the vintage Neve console in the control room of Ocean Way St. Barths are (L-R) Drew Bollman, 2nd engineer; Buddy Cannon, producer, Kenny Chesney; Justin Niebank, 1st engineer: Guillaume Robert, assistant engineer. Photo by Shaun Silva.
St. Barths (January 18, 2012)—Country music star Kenny Chesney is recording and mixing new material at Ocean Way St. Barths.
The recording studio is located at the Eden Rock resort in the heart of the Caribbean. Chesney is working with producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon (Reba McEntire, George Jones, George Strait) on his first album since 2010’s Hemingway’s Whiskey.
Chesney’s road manager, Malchijah Bailey, remarked, “The time we spent mixing at the studio was great. Anytime you can work all day, walk out of the studio and be greeted by an amazing beach, makes you feel like it’s not work. The vibe was awesome and kept us all in good musical spirits.”
Chesney has recorded 15 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than 30 Top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 20 of which climbed to the top of the charts.
During his sessions at Ocean Way St. Barths, Chesney presented a framed Platinum record commemorating sales of more than 1 million copies of his album Hemingway’s Whiskey. A signed message reads, “Thanks so much to everyone that was a part of Hemingway’s Whiskey! Your talent, heart, passion, and true love for music made this album very special.”
The Ocean Way St. Barths studio is located at The Eden Rock, a resort destination since the 1960s for the likes of Greta Garbo, the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds. A new 16,000 sq.ft. beachfront villa includes four bedroom suites, a 20-seat home cinema that doubles as a professional audio recording space, and a new control room installed by Ocean Way. Housing a wealth of vintage gear alongside modern day digital equipment, at the center is a vintage Neve console that was used by John Lennon to record “Imagine.”