TENILLE TOWNES NAMED
IHEARTCOUNTRY’S “ON THE VERGE” ARTIST
ON TOUR NOW WITH DIERKS BENTLEY
Emerging singer, songwriter and performer Tenille Townes is iHeartCountry’s next “On The Verge” artist. The program includes on-air exposure, which has already led to a lift for Townes’ debut single “Somebody’s Daughter,” as well as significant digital and social support across iHeartMedia’s network of country radio stations and websites. The program has proven instrumental in the development of such successful and highly credible artists such as Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Mitchell Tenpenny and Cam. In celebration of this honor, Townes will perform on the iHeartCountry Festival stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX on May 4.
This recognition adds to what is already proving a breakthrough year for Townes, whose single, “Somebody’s Daughter,” recently debuted #1 on both Mediabase and Nielsen BDS Country Airplay charts in Canada. This makes Townes the first Canadian country artist to have their debut single go to #1 in the Mediabase Canada era. She’s also only the second Canadian artist to top the Nielsen BDS Country Airplay chart with their first charted song and the first since Carolyn Dawn Johnson’s “Georgia” in 2000.
Townes was also recently selected as one of Amazon Music’s “2019 Artists To Watch,” CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” iHeart Radio’s “Artists To Watch in 2019” as well as being included in The Bobby Bones Show’s “Class of 2019,” CMT’s “Listen Up” and the inaugural class of “Opry NextStage.” Townes continues to garner widespread attention including recent praise at The Tennessean, Refinery29, Wide Open Country and Sounds Like Nashville.
Moreover, NPR Music featured Townes as part of their “Best Music of 2018” coverage, hailing her as, “one of the most promising arrivals in mainstream Nashville’s burgeoning singer-songwriter movement…Townes channels ardent empathy into her observational narratives, and her performances begin with fluttery intimacy, then flare with warmth and intensity,” while Rolling Stone named her Living Room Worktapes EP one of the “10 Best Country EPs of 2018” heralding, “Tenille Townes makes a strong case for being country’s most promising young songwriter with this devastating EP.”
2019 will see the release of Townes’ highly anticipated full-length debut album on Columbia Nashville. Produced by Jay Joyce, “Somebody’s Daughter” has already been the subject of widespread attention—CMT.com asserts, “[it] embodies elements of the astute storytelling that Bobbie Gentry mastered in her classic ‘Ode to Billie Joe,’” while Taste of Country proclaims, “her debut single is a life-changer.”
In celebration of the debut, Townes is currently touring with Dierks Bentley on his extensive “Burning Man Tour.” The tour, which kicked off January 17 at Hamilton, ON’s FirstOntario Centre, features performances across Canada and the U.S., including stops at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Columbus’ Nationwide Arena among many others. Additionally, she will perform select dates this March in Australia as part of the international “CMA: Introducing Nashville” series.
Canadian-born and Nashville-based, Townes first made her public appearance at age nine alongside Shania Twain after being invited to sing on stage at a concert she attended with her parents. In addition to her work as a musician and songwriter, Townes remains committed to charitable causes including her own initiative, Big Hearts For Big Kids, which has raised over $1.5 million to date benefiting a youth shelter in her hometown of Grande Prairie, Alberta. More information can be found at bigheartsforbigkids.com.
See below for complete tour details.
March 15— Brisbane, AUS —CMC Rocks Festival
March 19—Brisbane, AUS—Old Museum†
March 21—Sydney, AUS—The Factory Theatre†
March 23—Melbourne, AUS—Athenaeum†
May 30—Cincinnati, OH—Riverbend Music Center*
May 31—Indianapolis, IN—Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
†as part of “CMA: Introducing Nashville Tour”