Artist You Need to Know: Tenille Townes

The dream of becoming a country music singer began watching her idol sing live.

Growing up in Alberta, Canada, nine year-old Tenille Townes was attending a Shania Twain concert and convinced her parents to get tickets to the front row. Dressed similar to how Shania dressed at one of her shows, she held a sign asking to sing on stage with the Canadian-born music star. Luckily for Tenille, Shania pulled her up on stage and at that moment — she knew she was born to sing country music.

As a teen, Tenille had her parents drive her all over the country for writing workshops and various country music events to get her name out there, meet as many people as possible, and work on her music. This included organizing benefit concerts and fundraisers which only gained her more fans.

After high school graduation she convinced her parents that college wasn’t going to be for her and she embarked on a country wide tour performing for schools. Two short years later, in 2013, she made the bold move to Nashville.

With a distinct voice, as a listener you’re naturally drawn in to listen closer to the lyrics she’s singing. You can feel the emotion she’s singing with and how important the song is to her. Think Kacey Musgraves with a more raspy voice and a slight folksy sound to her music.

“Somebody’s Daughter” is the song that’s beginning to turn her into a household name. The song reached the top of the charts in Canada and just cracked the Top 30 in the U.S. Singing about seeing a homeless girl on the same street corner everyday, she acknowledges that the girl is still a human like the rest of us, just that she grew up in different circumstance and speculates about her life. It’s a well written country song

In an industry that is working to showcase more of its female artists, Tenille is the next big thing that has arrived. Having toured with Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, she’s currently opening for Dierks Bentley with plans to support Maren Morris on her fall tour.

Remember her name because you’re going to be hearing a lot about her in the coming years.