We have championed rising country star, Mitchell Tenpenny’s success for over a year now. Back in 2017, we hosted a Live Swag Session with the artist, who at the time didn’t even have a record deal. Flash forward, just one year later, and the singer-songwriter sold out his NYC headlining show, dropped his debut album Telling All My Secrets, and hit the number one spot on the country charts with his smash hit “Drunk Me.” Continuing the momentum into 2019, Tenpenny performed his single on NBC’s TODAY, this morning, as part of the Citi Concert Series, marking his first time on the show.
He was introduced by the co-anchors by saying, “Country singer-songwriter, Mitchell Tenpenny is poised for a big year. He ended 2018 by releasing his major label debut album and he’s not slowing down,” Tenpenny took some time to chat with the hosts, before delivering an epic performance of “Drunk Me.” When asked how he’s feeling about his journey thus far, the powerhouse singer explained, “We’re still living the dream. We have to pinch ourselves sometimes. This is crazy, we’re here in NYC with y’all.” Right after the sentiment, one of the hosts gave Tenpenny another “pinch me moment,” as he handed him his plaque that signified that “Drunk Me” went platinum.
Tenpenny, clearly blown-away, stated he was “speechless,” but still was able to deliver a cool rendition of the song with a four-piece band to back him. Donning, a ball-cap and a guitar, the singer belted the lyrics, adding some unique twists and having some fun throughout the entirety of the performance. Check out the clip below to watch!
The New York Country Swag 2019 Artist to Watch wraps up his album-release shows this week. Tenpenny heads to Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash my Playa’ country music festival in Mexico at the end of the month, just before beginning his opening-gig on Old Dominion ‘Make It Sweet Tour,’ at the end of February. Make sure to keep up with the breakthrough artist via his social media.
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