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Tenille Townes on How Shania Twain and Dolly Parton Influenced Her Music

Tenille Townes is always chasing her passion whether it’s her career as an artist or helping others through charity work. She stopped by The Bobby Bones Show to talk about all the things she’s been up to lately and celebrate International Women’s Day with a performance.

Townes has seen incredible success lately in her career. She has awards and plaques, but admitted she lives in a two bedroom townhouse so she doesn’t really have a place to put them. Adding she’s still excited to have them because it means people are listening and connecting to her songs. With her songs and effort, Townes has been able to raise over $2 million for an organization close to her heart in Canada. She also helped the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee earn their music badge with her song “Somebody’s Daughter.”

When talking about the women who influenced her, Townes credited the women in her family. She says they are all fierce, independent, and forces of nature recalling the times they would drive around listening to so many female voices in country music, especially Shania Twain. Whenever she was at her grandparents, she would listen to Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” on repeat. Because of those influences, she enjoys being a storyteller in her music. Normally she likes to write songs from the other person’s perspective but her recent song “When’s It Gonna Happen” comes from her internal perspective. Tenille shared the inspiration behind the song noting that she was getting so many wedding invitations from her friends and she wanted to write it from the “other side” of getting those wedding invitations in the mail. Watch her acoustic performance of the song below!