More Than 20 Years Later, David Lee Murphy Returns to the No. 1 Spot with Kenny Chesney Assisted “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”

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David Lee Murphy has the number one song in the country this week with the feel-good “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” It marks his first No. 1 single since “Dust On the Bottle” topped the charts 23 years ago in 1995.

The country singer has fellow collaborator Kenny Chesney to thank for the decision to record his latest solo project, No Zip Code. Kenny also serves as a producer on the album alongside David Lee and Buddy Cannon.

“When Kenny asked me about making a record, I thought that sounded like a whole lot of fun,” David Lee says in a press release. “I love to make music, just as much as I love writing songs. So, we went in without expectations, and I wouldn’t have imagined this. But it sure feels good.”

His friend and duet partner on “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” Kenny shares equal excitement in the success of the track that he sings on.

“David Lee is the kind of artist who’s timeless,” Kenny says. “He writes real country songs for right now, and he understands people. I wanted that voice out there, and I’m so glad country radio agreed! I’ve joked, ‘I’m just glad David Lee let me sing on this one,’ but it’s kind of true. I remember when he was having hits, thinking just how good he was – and it’s great to be part of something he’s part of, let alone his first No. 1 record since ‘Dust on the Bottle.’”

This is far from David Lee and Kenny’s first collaboration together. David Lee has penned numerous hits for Kenny including “Pirate Flag” and “Living in Fast Forward.” He also has had songs cut by Jason Aldean (“The Only Way I Know,” “Big Green Tractor”), Blake Shelton (“The More I Drink”), Thompson Square (“Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”), and Jake Owen (“Anywhere With You”), among others. But now, the singer-songwriter is focusing on his own artist career.

“It feels good,” the songwriter says. “To know my music is hitting this kind of place in people’s hearts. That’s the reason I write these songs: to make people feel something about their life. So, the response when I play it live, now with the No. 1, is everything I could hope for.”