Tenille -- the stage name of Tenille Townes -- is a Canadian country singer/songwriter who debuted in the mid-2010s. After earning a nomination for Female Artist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2011, she headed down to Nashville to hone her craft. Born on January 20, 1994, Townes was raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta. At the age of 15, she released the single "Home Now," which gained the attention of the Canadian country industry. Another single, "Wendy (Can You Hear Me Peter Pan)," followed in 2010, and she issued her full-length debut, Real, in 2011. Her second album, Light, appeared two years later. Townes relocated to Nashville and signed a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music. In September 2018, she topped the Canadian Country chart with her single "Somebody's Daughter." That year, she opened for Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town on their co-headlining The Bandwagon Tour. In 2019, Townes took home four Canadian Country Music Association Awards, including Female Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Somebody's Daughter." She returned in February 2020 with her third full-length, the Jay Joyce-produced Lemonade Stand, which included "Somebody's Daughter," along with "White Horse" and "The Most Beautiful Things."
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Country - Released June 26, 2020 | Columbia Nashville
Tenille Townes is a country-music outsider, and her major-label debut is better for it. Like fellow Canadian Shania Twain, Townes isn’t afraid to embrace pop. The shimmering "Holding Out for the One" sounds like a Robyn song, while "White Horse"—all needling guitar and spirited handclaps—channels Duffy; both are primed for a crossover. "Lighthouse" (as in, "I’ll be your lighthouse") and "Jersey on the Wall (I’m Just Asking)"—about a high-school star athlete killed in a car crash and memorialized via a jersey hanging on a gym wall—are tailor made for a heart-tugging TV commercial. Townes’ voice is the star here: tender but with jazz-siren depth, full of charming quirks and not trying to be traditionally pretty. She can party (the uplifting "Come as You Are"), do campfire twang ("Where You Are") and be thought-provoking (breakout single "Somebody’s Daughter" imagines how homeless girls got that way). And when, on "I Kept the Roses," Townes goes retro—her funny-valentine voice soaring alongside Chet Atkins-style guitar like some old-timey radio transmission—she proves she can also surprise. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz
Country - Released December 13, 2019 | Columbia Nashville
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Country - Released July 19, 2019 | Columbia Nashville
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