Kenny Chesney Honors Friend Lisa McKay During Raleigh Tour Stop
One of country music’s biggest stars, Kenny Chesney pays tribute to Friend Lisa McKay
Nashville— On a tour stop over the weekend in Raleigh, N.C., superstar Kenny Chesney took a moment from his ‘Trip Around The Sun Tour,’ to honor industry leader Lisa McKay. The ‘She Thinks My Tractors Sexy’ star took the opportunity to ‘thank’ McKay; an avid supporter of Chesney’s career.
Lisa McKay was the program director for WQDR, and vice president and host of the station’s afternoon show. McKay passed away after a short battle with cancer. She was 54 years young.
Amid the roars and cheers, Chesney paused his show saying; ” I have to take a minute here if you don’t mind,” Chesney says to the crowd after thanking them for his return. “There was someone whos a true friend of mine in the business, that in a way was responsible for [Chesney’s success] at WQDR named Lisa McKay that left all of us. I want to say thank you to her, and everyone at the station to say thank you.” Chesney then directs the audience to the sky and asks then to say ‘thank you, Lisa.’
McKay fell ill during Christmas and New Year’s. It was during the new year her doctor confirmed that she had bile duct cancer.
Her longtime companion, Bill Campbell, cared for her, which allowed her to die at home in Raleigh early Sunday. Her sister, Jeannette Peed of Atlanta, was by her side, and her 82-year-old father, Robert Ellis Blake of San Antonio, flew in and visited her Saturday.
The full video of Kenny’s tribute can be viewed here.