Tenille Townes has been selected for the inaugural “Opry NextStage” class along with Riley Green, Tegan Marie and Travis Denning. The yearlong campaign in collaboration with Opry Entertainment includes live performances, strategic marketing support and short-form documentary style storytelling created by Opry Entertainment’s award-winning content team. As part of the new collaboration, Townes will perform on the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium on December 7th.
“Opry NextStage” will officially launch with a kickoff party and concert featuring performances by the inaugural class at Ole Red Nashville on January 8th…tickets go on sale this Thursday, November 29th at 10:00 am CST. More info and ticket purchases available here.
Watch here to see what fans can expect from “Opry NextStage.”
Last week, Townes’ “My Opry Debut” episode premiered at Billboard featuring clips of her first performance on the historic stage as well as “an emotional mix of the young songstress and her massive support system of 140 family members and friends as they head to the venue.” Additionally, earlier this month, Townes was inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country class of 2019. Of Townes’ performance at the showcase Rolling Stone Country praised, “the gut wrenching storytelling of Townes, who loads her breed of country with a bit of Ani DiFranco fire…”
The partnerships add to an already exciting 2019, which will see Townes joining Dierks Bentley on his extensive “Burning Man Tour.” The tour features performances across Canada and the U.S., including stops at Vancouver’s Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Columbus’ Nationwide Arena among many others. (See below for complete details).
The live shows will feature material from Townes’ anticipated forthcoming full-length debut album…produced by Jay Joyce…and set for release in 2019 on Columbia Nashville. Already receiving attention, Townes’ first single, “Somebody’s Daughter,” is out now. Of the song CMT.com praises, “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.”
It makes me so happy to have this video out in the world, telling a visual story of this song with a message that is so important to me. My hope is for people to feel empowered to recognize those around us. We’ve all got a story and something we’re working through and I believe the little things count. There’s a lot we can learn from a kid at a lemonade stand,” Townes shares of the song and video.
An alternative acoustic version of the song also appears on Townes’ recently released “Living Room Worktapes” EP. Released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim, Rolling Stone calls it, “…a stripped-down introduction to an artist with a whole lot to say,” while Billboard furthers, “Her ‘Living Room Worktapes’ EP is a piece of art! Her unique voice and storytelling sets her apart…you’ll have it on repeat.”
Additionally, Townes is the subject of an in-depth profile at NPR Music’s The Record. Calling her “Nashville’s Newest Voice,” writer Jewly Hight gives a rare glimpse into the early stages of Townes’ burgeoning career and asserts, “…she’s an heir to Twain and Swift, Griffin and McKenna alike, as well as a potential peer to figures like Morris and Musgraves, who’ve built significant followings and visibility with strong, self-written material…” Read the full profile here.
TENILLE TOWNES TOUR DATES:
December 7—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium
January 5—Muskegon, MI—Frauenthal Center‡
January 17—Hamilton, ON—FirstOntario Centre*
January 18—Ottawa, ON—Richcraft Live at the Canadian Tire Centre*
January 19—Oshawa, ON—Tribute Communities Centre*
January 22—Winnipeg, MB—Bell MTS Place*
January 23—Saskatoon, SK—SaskTel Centre*
January 24—Edmonton, AB—Rogers Place*
January 26—Calgary, AB—Scotiabank Saddledome*
January 28—Kelowna, BC—Prospera Place*
January 29—Vancouver, BC—Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
January 31—Spokane, WA—Spokane Arena*
February 1—Tacoma, WA—Tacoma Dome*
February 2—Eugene, OR—Matthew Knight Arena*
February 14—Ontario, CA—Citizens Business Bank Arena*
February 15—Fresno, CA—Save Mart Center*
February 16—Reno, NV—Reno Events Center*
February 21—Lexington, KY—Rupp Arena*
February 22—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena*
February 23—Columbia, MO—Mizzou Arena*
February 28—Sioux Falls, SD—Denny Sanford PREMIER Center*
March 1—Wichita, KS—INTRUST Bank Arena*
March 2—Omaha, NE—CHI Health Center Omaha*
March 7—Moline, IL—TaxSlayer Center*
March 8—Duluth, MN—AMSOIL Arena*
March 9—Grand Forks, ND—Alerus Center*
March 28—Toledo, OH—Huntington Center*
March 29—Columbus, OH—Nationwide Arena*
March 30—Grand Rapids, MI—Van Andel Arena*
*as part of Dierks Bentley’s “Burning Man Tour”
‡supporting Bobby Bones
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 http://bigheartsforbigkids.com/.