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Pop the champagne . . . Mitchell Tenpenny has a reason to celebrate.
Mitchell’s lead single, “Drunk Me,” from his upcoming debut album, Telling All My Secrets, hit No. 1 on the Mediabase chart this week. Co-penned by Mitchell, Jordan Schmidt and Justin Wilson, the tune has accumulated more than 120 million streams.
“I recorded ‘Drunk Me’ after pitching it to other artists in town for over six months,” says Mitchell. “I believed in my heart it was such a special song and that it would be a hit for someone. I never dreamt it would be the song labels first heard from me, resulting in a record deal . . . or that it would go on to bring us our first single, yet alone a number one. It’s been a two-year journey with this song, yet so many believed, and so, this is one of those moments we all share together—my co-writers, our band and record label, country radio and all the fans that have streamed it over 120 million times. I can’t get over you. You’ve changed my life.”
Mitchell will drop Telling All My Secrets on Dec. 14. The debut album features 11 songs, all of which Mitchell co-penned. In February, Mitchell will join Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour.
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Brett Young’s 2017 self-titled debut album was a smash hit, spawning four No. 1 singles, including “Sleep Without You,” “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “Like I Loved You” and “Mercy.” Brett’s ballad-friendly breakthrough album gave fans a heavy dose of “love,” sans the “party” songs that have become so prevalent on country radio.
“Falling in love or falling out of love—those are the easiest songs to write because it’s just straight from personal experience,” said Brett to Nash Country Daily in 2017. “I think everybody’s felt both of those. Everybody’s been in love, everybody’s had heartbreak. We noticed that when we put together the 12 songs that would make the [self-titled debut] record, there was not a party song on this record. I’ve written a ton of party songs and not that there’s anything wrong with that. I think, in trying to tell my story and let people get to know me, it seemed like we should talk about things that I’ve lived.”
In addition to his four No. 1 singles, Brett has had numerous reasons to celebrate since releasing his debut project, including headlining his own tour, playing Nissan Stadium at 2018’s CMA Fest, winning the 2018 ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year award, winning the 2018 ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year award and marrying girlfriend Taylor Mills in November.
With the release of his sophomore album, Ticket to L.A., on Dec. 7, Brett told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown that he’s in a different place in his life since releasing his debut album—and there are some noticeable changes on the new record.
“One thing that we didn’t want to change was just the songwriting,” says Brett. “You know, I wanted to keep coming from the same place of honesty and life experience, and I want to always feel that connection, but one thing that I think is just noticeably different immediately is that I’m in a different place in my life, and so whether the song is happy or sad, the feel is much peppier and up-tempo, and there’s just a vibe in the music itself that just feels different. It kind of shows my heart and where I’m at right now, and so I think that will come across to people.”
Brett co-penned 10 of the 13 tracks on Ticket to L.A., including new single, “Here Tonight.” Check out the new video for “Here Tonight.”
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A troupe of Nashville’s top songwriters will embark on a 25-city Hit Makers & Rum Chasers Tour to benefit the Charley Foundation, a non-profit that supports poor, sick and neglected children—and in this case will provide funding for music and arts programs to the hurricane-devastated U.S. Virgin Islands.
The tour will feature songwriters JT Harding (“Somewhere in My Car”), Jim Beavers (“Red Solo Cup”), Justin Ebach (“Sleep Without You”), Jon Nite (“We Were Us”), Jimmy Robbins (“I Could Use a Love Song”), Bridgette Tatum “She’s Country”) and Chase McGill (“When Someone Stops Loving You”) performing their hits and sharing behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the music and the writing process. Guests will enjoy Blue Chair Rum Bay cocktails, a silent auction and an island-inspired dinner menu created by renowned chefs from the Virgin Islands. Songwriter JT Harding will also serve as emcee.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting this Hit Makers and Rum Chasers tour,” says JT. “There’s no app or streaming service of any kind that can give you this kind of experience. Non-stop hit songs performed by the people who wrote them in an island-vibe setting. We’ll make you laugh and pull on your heartstrings. Music City is coming to your city, so don’t miss it!”
All proceeds from the 2019 tour will benefit the Charley Foundation. Tickets are on sale now. More dates will be announced soon.
Hit Makers & Rum Chasers Tour
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