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Tenille Townes Releases Striking New Single + Announces U.S/Canada Tour Dates


Tenille Townes


Award-winning singer-songwriter Tenille Townes released a striking new single titled “Thing That Brought Me Here.” A testament to the timeless belief that everything happens for a reason, Townes expresses her gratitude for the winding road of lessons learned on this sincere single which is out now. Tenille also announced the “Thing That Brought Me Here Tour,” a Canadian tour which goes on sale on March 22 at 10:00 a.m. local venue time.

 

On “Thing That Brought Me Here,” Townes sings “Lost and found my way with wrong and right left turns, I will keep my hands on the steering wheel, still holding on to the thing that brought me here.” Punctuating her candid chorus with shapeshifting textures and harmonies that echo her strength found in vulnerability makes Townes’ metaphor of trusting her faith all the more profound. 


“I wrote this song with Ben Rector about my truck that’s become a symbol of the dream for me and a piece of home. It’s the only thing I’ve driven since I started driving and it drove me 47 hours to move to Nashville from Alberta ten years ago,” reminisces Townes. “I want the story of ‘Thing That Brought Me Here’ to live on through a song and I want it to be a reminder to anyone listening that our ambitions are worth holding on to and fighting for. If you would have told the high school kid driving this truck that she’d be living in Nashville writing and recording songs and touring the world, she’d be losing her mind. I never want to let go of that feeling.”

 

For Townes, writing songs is a way of reaching out to anyone longing to make sense of a wildly confusing world. “Thing That Brought Me Here” follows the release of “As You Are,” a stunning showcase for her raw yet nuanced vocal work which expands on the boundless generosity of spirit Townes has brought to her songs from the very start, but strays sonically from past hits like her gold-certified, chart-topping smash “Somebody’s Daughter” and leans toward a more spacious and hypnotic breed of Americana. In composing the track’s gauzy guitar tones, Townes headed to the Seattle area to collaborate with producer/engineer Ryan Hadlock—a Grammy nominee known for his work with Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers, and seminal alt-rock acts like Blonde Redhead and The Afghan Whigs. “I’d been feeling the need to explore a new sonic direction, something that would hold space for real vulnerability but also allow for more of the indie-rock edge that my band and I organically bring to our shows,” says Townes. Written by Townes, Maggie Chapman (The Highwomen, Wafia) and David Pramik (Joy Oladokun, LANY), “As You Are” ultimately matches its mesmerizing sound with a tender meditation on shame, acceptance, and unconditional love. 

 

During her first few years in Nashville, Townes devoted herself to writing and recording demos spotlighting her radiant voice and endlessly empathetic lyrics. When one of those demos caught the attention of Sony Music Nashville, she inked a deal with the label and set to work on her debut album, The Lemonade Stand—a 2020 LP that delivered standouts like “Jersey on The Wall (I’m Just Asking),” a profoundly moving track inspired by Townes’ experience in performing at a New Brunswick high school and learning of a then-recent car crash that took the life of the star of the school’s basketball team. Thanks to the massive success of “Jersey on The Wall” and “Somebody’s Daughter” (a song that tells the imagined backstory of an unhoused girl Townes encountered in Nashville), she soon emerged as the first female artist in Mediabase Canada history to score two No. 1 singles, adding to a fast-growing list of triumphs that also included The Lemonade Stand’s winning Country Album of the Year at the 2021 JUNO Awards. 

 

Townes seized that coveted prize again with 2022’s Masquerades, a seven-song project revealing her more introspective side on hits like “When’s It Gonna Happen” and its candid account of the aching frustration that sometimes accompanies single life. Later in 2022, she headed overseas and toured all over Europe and the UK, hit the road with country icon George Strait, and capped off the year by embarking on a train trip across Southern Canada—a 3,000-mile trek in which she played 65 shows in 15 days in support of local food banks. The following April, Townes returned with Train Track Worktapes: an EP mostly made up of songs written on the journey and recorded in the train’s caboose. 

 

In the last five years alone, the Canada-born artist’s full-hearted and soul-searching songwriting has led to such milestones as touring with legends like Stevie Nicks, Miranda Lambert and Shania Twain and taking home two JUNO Awards —all while building up a globe-spanning fanbase irresistibly drawn to her intensely honest storytelling. With her many accolades also including 17 Canadian Country Music Association Awards and two Academy Of Country Music Awards, the Nashville-based rising star now begins a bold new chapter with her most fully realized work to date: a gorgeously sculpted batch of songs that bring a moodier and more unfettered sound to her compassionate lyrical outpouring.

 

Townes will be heading out on her As You Are Tour tour through the spring and will perform at Stagecoach festival on Saturday, April 27 and Mooncrush festival on April 21 alongside artists including Noah Kahan and The Head and The Heart. Dates below

 


US TOUR DATES

Sun, 21 April 2024 Miramar Beach FL Moon Crush "Pink Moon" Music Festival

Wed, 24 April 2024 Anaheim CA The Parish at HOB Anaheim

Sat, 27 April 2024 Indio CA Stagecoach Empire Polo Field

Sun, 28 April 2024 San Diego CA House of Blues – Voodoo Room

Mon, 29 April 2024 Phoenix AZ Valley Bar

Wed, 1 May 2024 Salt Lake City UT The State Room

Thu, 2 May 2024 Fort Collins CO The Armory

Fri, 3 May 2024 Denver CO Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

Wed, 8 May 2024 Lexington KY The Burl

Thu, 9 May 2024 Cincinnati OH Live at the Ludlow Garage

Fri, 10 May 2024 Cleveland OH House of Blues - Cambridge Room

Thu, 16 May 2024 Lawrence KS The Bottleneck

Fri, 17 May 2024 Saint Paul MN Turf Club

Sat, 18 May 2024 Davenport IA Racoon Motel

Sun, 19 May 2024 Evanston IL SPACE

 

CANADIAN TOUR DATES 

Oct 9 – Moncton, NB - Capitol Theatre

Oct 10 – Saint John, NB  – Imperial Theatre

Oct 11 – Halifax, NS  - Lighthouse Arts Centre

Oct 12 – Fredericton, NB – Playhouse

Oct 24 – Belleville, ON – Empire Theatre

Oct 25 – Guelph, ON – River Run Centre

Oct 26 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

Oct 30 – London, ON – London Music Hall

Oct 31 – Ottawa, ON - Algonquin Commons Theatre

Nov 1 – Montreal, QC  – Le Studio TD

Nov 13 – Winnipeg, MB  – Burton Cummings Theatre

Nov 14 – Saskatoon, SK  – Coors Event Centre

Nov 15 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Nov 16 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Nov 18 – Red Deer, AB – Red Deer Memorial Centre

Nov 19 – Grand Prairie, AB – Bonnetts Energy Centre

Nov 22 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

Nov 23 – Kelowna, BC – Community Theatre

Nov 24 – Kelowna, BC – Community Theatre



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