Tegan Marie On Performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 'It's a Dream Come True'

Tegan Marie
Sean Gowdy

Tegan Marie

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a part of Tegan Marie’s holiday traditions since she can remember.

“Every morning on Thanksgiving, I go to my Grandma's house and we watch the parade every morning,” says the 15-year old Sweety High/Warner Music Nashville recording artist. “We watch the whole thing, and all of my favorite artists are on the parade every single year. It’s always a part of our Thanksgiving.”

This year, the Michigan native will be in the 92nd edition of the parade, riding on the Girl Scouts of the USA float and performing “Keep It Lit,” which she co-wrote.

Taking part in the Nov. 22 festivities in the Big Apple is thrilling for Marie. “It's a dream come true. I'm a Girl Scout, so it's an honor to be on the Girl Scout float in the parade. I cannot wait to see the whole parade in action,” Marie says. “The balloons are always incredible and I just can't wait to see that process and how they prep for it.”

Despite her increasingly busy schedule, Marie remains an active Girl Scout. “I  just got a whole bunch of [badges] and I am very excited about those. I have some equestrian [badges] and first aid [badges] and I'm really excited to get some more.”

In representing the Girl Scouts of the USA, the singer hopes her example will prove inspiring. “As a musician, you just have to open the door yourself. I think that what you have to do is make it a point to work hard and you can get past the hills that may be in front of you.”

The career path for Marie has been a little different from that of her fellow artists; Warner Music Nashville has focused on breaking her virally, as opposed to starting with radio airplay. She says she appreciates what the label is doing to help build her brand in a new fashion, and has released two singles so far since she signed in 2017, including this summer’s “I Know How To Make A Boy Cry.”

“They have been working their butts off for me. Just to have them be a part of my journey is just a dream come true," Marie says. "We cross many genres. I can see myself country, but also I love many different styles of music. A lot of people of my generation are listening to different formats, and I think that keeps everything fresh.”

At the same time, she is very mindful of country music’s traditions -- particularly the Grand Ole Opry, where she has already performed more than 10 times. "That's literally the Mother Church of country music. There's no other way to describe it. They have embraced me and taken me under their wing,” Marie says. “Every time I go to the Grand Ole Opry they greet me like family - they greet every single artist comes in as family.”

After the parade on Thursday, Marie will appear in Nashville’s stage production of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell -- A Pirate’s Christmas at the Tennessee Performing Acts Center Dec. 13-23. 

Next year will bring new music. “I have been writing a lot of songs, and we probably have enough songs to complete a full album,” Marie says. “I am so excited to get the songs out and for people to hear a new side of me. It’s definitely a little more mature than my past records. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.”