Tenille Townes
Townes performing at The Stoller Hall in Manchester, England, 2023
Background information
Birth nameTenille Nicole Nadkrynechny
Born (1994-01-20) January 20, 1994 (age 30)
OriginGrande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
GenresCountry pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2009–present
Labels
Websitetenilletownes.com

Tenille Nicole Townes (born Nadkrynechny; January 20, 1994) is a Canadian country music singer from Grande Prairie, Alberta. In 2011, at the age of 17, she was nominated for a Canadian Country Music Award for Female Artist of the Year.[1][2]

Biography

Townes was raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and attended Peace Wapiti Academy high school.[3] She was introduced to country music by her parents and grandparents during trips in the family car.[4] At the age of nine, she attended a concert by Shania Twain during her Up! Tour bearing a sign asking for chance to sing with Twain on stage, which Twain granted.[5] In 2009, she released the single "Home Now", a song she wrote from the perspective of a daughter whose father is posted in the war in Afghanistan, a topic she learned about in school.[3][6] The track was produced by country musician Duane Steele.[6]

Townes released her first album, Real, in June 2011.[7] She has raised over $1.9 million for Sunrise House, a shelter for homeless youth in Alberta, through her annual fundraiser, Big Hearts For Big Kids. She appeared on the national television show Canada AM in August 2011, performing her single "Real Me,"[8] and has released multiple songs to radio. She released her second album, Light, in March 2013. That same year, she relocated to Nashville.[5]

Although Townes started her career under her birthname, she later changed her surname. In a 2018 interview on Everything GP, she explained, "Townes is actually from Township Road 722, which is the road that I grew up on and the house that built me essentially, so that’s where that all comes from.”[9]

On April 13, 2018, Townes announced, through her official Facebook page that she had signed a record deal with Columbia Nashville.[10] She released her first single with the label, "Somebody's Daughter," in September 2018, and it became her first to chart, where it reached number 92 on the Canadian Hot 100 and was a Number One hit on the Canadian Country chart dated February 2, 2019.[11]

In 2018, Townes served as the opening act for all dates for Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town on their joint The Bandwagon Tour. In 2019 she appeared on Donovan Woods's album The Other Way, as a duet vocalist on the song "I Ain't Ever Loved No One".[12]

Townes won four awards at the 2019 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, which included one for Female Artist of the year, and three for "Somebody's Daughter" which won Single, Song, and Video of the Year.[13]

Discography

Albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
CAN
[14]
US
Country

[15]
Real
  • Release date: June 14, 2011
  • Label: Royalty
Light
  • Release date: March 12, 2013
  • Label: Royalty
The Lemonade Stand 26 41
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Title Details Peak chart
positions
CAN
[14]
Living Room Worktapes
  • Release date: April 13, 2018
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
Road to the Lemonade Stand
  • Release date: February 7, 2020
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
91
Masquerades
  • Release date: April 22, 2022
  • Label: Columbia Nashville / RCA Records
Train Track Worktapes
  • Release date: April 21, 2023
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

As lead artist

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
[16]
CAN Country
[17]
US
Country
Songs

[18]
US
Country
Airplay

[19]
2009 "Home Now" Real
2010 "Wendy (Can You Hear Me Peter Pan)"
2011 "Pictures on a Crooked Wall"
"Real Me"
"Home Now"
(with John Landry)
Non-album single
2012 "Starts with You" Light
2013 "Dear Heart"
"Halfway to Somewhere"
2018 "Somebody's Daughter" 92 1 29 26 The Lemonade Stand
2019 "White Horse" 8
"Jersey on the Wall (I'm Just Asking)" 88 1
2020 "The Most Beautiful Things" 43
"Come as You Are" 82 4
2021 "Girl Who Didn't Care" 86 5 Non-album single
2022 "When's It Gonna Happen" 87 7 Masquerades
"The Last Time" 91 5 Non-album singles
2023 "The Thing That Wrecks You"
(with Bryan Adams)[22]
[A] 30
"Home to Me" 38 Train Track Worktapes
2024 "As You Are" TBA
"Thing That Brought Me Here (Truck Song)" 21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As featured artist

Title Year Album
"I Know"
(Train featuring Tenille Townes and Bryce Vine)
2023 Non-album single

Other charted songs

Year Song Peak chart
positions
Album
CAN
Country

[17]
US
Country
Songs

[18]
2019 "Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
(with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris,
Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack, and Elle King)
47 Non-album song
2020 "One in a Million" 45 Songs for Christmas
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
2011 "Pictures on a Crooked Wall" Warren P. Sonoda
2013 "Dear Heart" Stephano Barberis
2018 "Somebody's Daughter" P.R. Brown
2019 "Jersey on the Wall (I'm Just Asking)" Mason Dixon
2021 "Girl Who Didn't Care"
2022 "When You Need It" Alex Alvga
2023 "The Thing That Wrecks You" Bryan Adams
2024 "As You Are" Brenton Giesey

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2011 Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Nominated
2013 Interactive Artist of the Year Nominated
2014 Interactive Artist of the Year Nominated
2019 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year – "Somebody's Daughter" Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year – "Somebody's Daughter" Won
Video of the Year – "Somebody's Daughter" Won
Songwriter of the Year (shared with Barry Dean, Luke Laird) Won
2020 Juno Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated
Songwriter of the Year Nominated
ACM Awards New Female Artist of the Year Won
Musical Event of the Year – "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" Won
Canadian Country Music Association TD Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Fan's Choice Award Nominated
Female Artist of the Year Won
Interactive Artist or Group of the Year Nominated
Songwriter of the Year (shared with Tina Parol, Gordie Sampson) Won
Video of the Year – "Jersey On The Wall (I’m Just Asking)" Won
CMA Awards Musical Event of the Year – "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" Nominated
2021 Juno Awards of 2021 Country Album of the YearTenille Townes Won
2021 Canadian Country Music Awards Album of the Year – "The Lemonade Stand" Won[24]
Fan's Choice Award Nominated
Female Artist of the Year Won
Songwriter of the Year (shared with Marc Beeson, Daniel Tashian) Nominated
2022 Canadian Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Won[25]
Album of the Year – Masquerades Won
Fans' Choice Nominated
Female Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year – "Girl Who Didn't Care" Won
Songwriter(s) of the Year (shared with Steph Jones, David Pramik) Won
Video of the Year – "Girl Who Didn't Care" Nominated
Country Music Association Awards International Artist Achievement Award Nominated
2023 Canadian Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Nominated[26]
Fans' Choice Nominated
Female Artist of the Year Won[27]
Songwriter of the Year – "The Thing That Wrecks You" Nominated
Video of the Year – "The Thing That Wrecks You" Nominated

Notes

  1. ^ "The Thing That Wrecks You" did not enter the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, but peaked at number 25 on the Canadian Digital Song Sales component chart.[23]

References

  1. ^ MacLeod, Reinisa (August 2011). "Tenille takes on the country". Daily Herald-Tribune. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  2. ^ Griwkowsky, Fish (27 July 2011). "Two Edmonton country stars nominated for music awards". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 20 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Wood, Damien (2010). "Tenille's song hits national radio". Daily Herald-Tribune. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  4. ^ Wickstrom, Matt (2022-05-11). "Interview: Tenille Townes Reveals Her True Self on Stellar New EP 'Masquerades'". The Boot. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  5. ^ a b Hight, Jewly. "Nashville's Newest Voice". NPR. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  6. ^ a b Sperounes, Sandra (11 November 2009). "Alberta teen pays tribute to war heroes: Home Now captures national sentiment". Edmonton Journal. p. D1.
  7. ^ Ilika, Dan (June 2011). "Dream becomes 'Real' for Tenille". Daily Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  8. ^ Rinne, Diana (August 2011). "Tenille nominated for first Canadian Country Music Award". Daily Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Local musician makes it big".
  10. ^ Townes, Tenille. "Tenille Townes signs with Columbia Nashville". Tenille Townes. Facebook. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Canada Country chart for February 2, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  12. ^ "Hear Donovan Woods’ New Acoustic Version of ‘Truck Full of Money’". Rolling Stone, April 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Peter Shokeir (September 10, 2019). "'It was a crazy feeling': Tenille Townes reflects on four wins at Country Music Awards". Daily Herald Tribune. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Tenille Townes Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  15. ^ "Tenille Townes Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  16. ^ "Tenille Townes Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  17. ^ a b "Tenille Townes Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved July 7, 2024.
  18. ^ a b "Tenille Townes Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  19. ^ "Tenille Townes Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  20. ^ a b "Canadian certifications – Tenille Townes". Music Canada. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  21. ^ "American certifications – Tenille Townes". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 18, 2021.
  22. ^ "Tenille Townes says a 'wild thought' and chance encounter led to Bryan Adams duet". Edmonton News. February 24, 2023. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  23. ^ "Tenille Townes Chart History (Hot Canadian Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2023.
  24. ^ Kennedy, John R. (September 21, 2021). "The Reklaws Lead 2021 CCMA Awards Nominations". iHeartRadio.ca. Bell Media.
  25. ^ "2022 CCMA AWARD NOMINEES". Canadian Country Music Association. 20 July 2022. Retrieved July 22, 2022.
  26. ^ "2023 CCMA Awards Nominees". Canadian Country Music Association. July 13, 2023. Archived from the original on July 14, 2023.
  27. ^ "OFFICIAL 2023 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD WINNERS". Canadian Country Music Association. September 16, 2023. Archived from the original on September 18, 2023.