As a young teenager, songstress Tenille Townes made her mark as a country artist in her native Canada releasing a pair of successful LPs. For whatever reason, they were not heard much on this side of the border. Therefore, for many, her recent EP, made after moving to Nashville, for most will mark the start of her career in the States.
The “Living Room Worktapes” EP is a fantastic introduction to this artist for whom the stage is set to be one of Music City’s next big things. Produced by pop music’s new savior of country music, Daniel Tashian, these four tracks will leave you breathless with their stark but sparkling performance, and spellbound by their topical subject matter. Townes is a serious and mature songwriter who is not afraid to make pretty-sounding songs that make you think hard. She’s got a sharp voice that commands you to listen to every word.
Get to iTunes or Amazon and buy the digital EP right now! Thanks to Tenille for taking the time with these eleven questions about herself.
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I am from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada and have been making trips here since I was 14-years old. I moved four years ago, and my dad helped me make the 45-hour drive from my hometown to Nashville. I was so excited to move here and be surrounded by the community of creators and fellow lovers of music. I still love it here so much! So many people to learn from, live shows to be inspired by and fellow cowriters to collaborate with every day.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
I don’t remember which one was first, but I remember walking around with my walkman and a CD case of Backstreet Boys, Shania Twain, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Celine Dion. The last record I bought was the Brother’s Osborne one!
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
I saw Shania when I was nine, and that was a day I’ll never forget! Last concert I saw was Caitlyn Smith a little while ago here in Nashville. She is so incredible.
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
Coffee is always Sam and Zoe’s for a Chai Latte. They are the very best I’ve ever tasted, and I love that place so much! Pizza is anywhere with a good gluten free crust. Mafioso’s in 12 South has a pretty great one.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
So hard to pick! Every time I walk through the Country Music Hall of Fame I’m reminded of the legends that built the country music foundations we get to walk on today, and how many songs and records have been created in this town. One of my favourites I wore out growing up was Room with a View by Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
Jenni’s ice cream if you just want to skip right to the desert. Ha! I love Taco Mamacita or anywhere that has guacamole. Really!
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
Ah! I love playing the Bluebird. And I love playing it with all kinds of friends. I played a round with Josh Kear, Tom Douglas and Gordie Sampson a little while ago, and I would gladly re-live that round any day. That was so special! I had the best seat in the house hearing so many of my favourite songs.
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
The Bluebird! 3rd & Lindsley and The Basement are pretty awesome too!
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?
I wish Stevie Nicks lived here so maybe I could tell her how amazing she is in a coffee shop or grocery store or something. Ha!
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
I’m so excited to be heading out on the road this summer with Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town on the Bandwagon Tour. So crazy. Such a dream to open for those heroes of mine. I just can’t wait!