Tenille Townes just released her debut EP on Sony Music Nashville in April, a four-song collection titled Living Room Worktapes. Though the EP wasn’t actually recorded in a living room, the raw way Townes and her co-writers wrote every track — with nothing but a melody and a guitar — is similar to the realness that a setting like that allows.
“I love a living room — it makes me think of my family and the safe spot where we can talk about anything,” Townes tells Billboard. “It’s a comfortable space to just be your vulnerable self in. I want this music to reach out with that kind of invitation.”
Townes is taking that invitation one step further with her latest video for the first track of her EP, “Where You Are,” which was recorded in — you guessed it — a living room. The 4-minute clip sees Townes in the center of the room with just a mic and acoustic guitar, which allows for her folky twang to shine even more so than it does on the recorded version.
The video is the second of its kind, as Townes previously released another living room performance video for Living Room Worktapes track “Jersey on the Wall (I’m Just Asking).” But unlike the heartbreaking story of loss in that song, “Where You Are” is an ode to love.
“‘Where You Are’ is about love seeking you out wherever you may be and about being there for the people you love no matter what,” Townes says. “I had a blast writing this song with my friends Daniel Tashian and Keelan Donovan. The melody found us in the middle of a conversation about how love can be measured by how long you are willing to wait in a ticket line for somebody.”
Townes recently played “Where You Are” as well as two other Living Room tracks at the first-ever Billboard Live & CMT Next Women of Country showcase on Monday, June 4 in Nashville. The Canada native also took part in her first CMA Fest with a handful of performances throughout the week.
Watch Townes’ “Where You Are” living room video below.