Songwriter, performer and 2-time ACM winner Tenille Townes drops her highly anticipated new EP Masquerades today via Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville in partnership with RCA Records. The EP is the first soul-baring collection Tenille plans to release, where she fully pulls her own mask down. “Masquerades really represents those things that we get used to hiding behind and the idea of being able to step out and still hold on to the hope with both hands in the middle of that process.”
Masquerades features tracks with BRELAND, known for fusing Gospel, R&B and Country, on ‘Shared Walls,’ as well as with hit singer-songwriter Wrabel, who duets with Tenille on her single ‘When You Need It.’ Click HERE to watch the video for ‘When You Need It’ out today.
Speaking on the meaning behind the EP, Tenille said, “Masquerades is me setting aside the smiling face I hide behind sometimes and letting the world see more of who I am. In this process, I realized that I am two different people and I struggle between those two often. I am the introverted songwriter and the fiery performer, and both are true to who I am. I look forward to showing more of these sides in my music and live performances. Music has always been a bridge for me between both of these sides, and I hope this music can help others who can relate.”
Tenille kicked off 2022 with EP track ‘When It’s Gonna Happen‘ as a response to the outpouring of fan support on social media to the track. With lyrics like “Sometimes I feel like I’m the last one standing / I look around and all my friends are falling in love,” it’s little wonder fans connected with the hope, insecurity, fear, and anticipation Townes brings to life through the driving track. She performed the track on the Academy of Country Music Awards red carpet. Click HERE to watch.
Alongside an ever-growing touring schedule, earlier this month, Tenille hosted her 12th annual Big Hearts for Big Kids event in Alberta, CA, raising over $450,000 dollars. At just 15, she started the concert fundraiser in her hometown to benefit her local youth shelter, The Sunrise House, raising over $2 million thus far.
This year’s event kicked off “Big Hearts On The Road,” a mini-tour set to hit Nashville on 3 May at Exit/In on behalf ofRoom In The Inn, that will also act as an EP release event, Dallas on 12 May on behalf ofMidlothian Manna House, and Charlotte on 14 May on behalf ofS.A.F.E. Animal Haven Rescue. Tenille took her event on the road to inspire people in their own hometowns to make a difference, where she’s partnering with fans at every stop to raise money for a cause close to their hearts. She brings her guitar and a heart for helping others and the fan brings their cause and a desire to make an impact in their community.
Additionally, Tenille will be hitting the road this summer opening for the likes of Brooks & Dunn, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker. She also has her headlining UK/European tour, set to kick off in October. The 6-date run, some of which is part of UK Country Music Week, will see the singer performing London, Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester, Berlin and Hamburg. Tickets are on sale here.
MASQUERADES TRACK LISTING:
1) When You Need It (featuring Wrabel)
2) When’s It Gonna Happen
3) The Sound of Being Alone
4) Villain In Me
5) Shared Walls (featuring BRELAND)
6) Same Road Home
7) Light In Your Eyes