By Briana Lopez
One of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Mitchell Tenpenny has released his new single, fan-favorite “Can’t Go To Church”. The track, written by Jordan Schmidt, Matt Rogers, and Mitchell Tenpenny, has become a staple in his live show, introducing fans to brand new music over the past few months.
The song was inspired by Tenpenny’s high school heartbreak experience. During a video of him performing the song at The Listening Room in Nashville last year, he gives a back story of what it was like growing up for him, “Growing up we all went to the same churches. We went to school all week long and then saw each other at church.”
Tenpenny then goes on to explain his feelings during the break-up, “You break up with somebody and I was like, I need a break, I don’t want to go to church any more right now because I know I’m going to see her…. I didn’t want to see her dress up, I didn’t want to see her family, I didn’t want to go to church and did what I normally did and praise God because my heart was so broken.”
The chorus of the song explains exactly what Tenpenny was feeling in that moment, and his lyrics are so poetic you feel the pain that he’s feeling and you start to reminisce that somberness with him.
“I ain’t trying to avoid that place/ I don’t know what else to do/ I don’t want to see her face sitting in the front pew/ I’ll still do my praying but I’ll do it somewhere else/ Ain’t it crazy how an angel dragged a man through hell/ Well I know Sunday morning she’ll come walking through that door so Lord forgive me/ But I can’t go to church anymore”
The song has a lot to do with the healing that a person tries to accomplish after a break-up. Sometimes that means cutting stuff out that reminds you of that person and for Tenpenny it was holding back from his routine life and traditions even if it meant that he had to find a different way to fix his heart.
“No, it ain’t fair that we gotta share the same place where everybody does their healing/ But if she’s in there I’ll just stare/ And I won’t hear a thing that preachers preaching”
Fans have been anxiously waiting for this song to be released while receiving teases via Tenpenny’s social media accounts. In our interview with the singer-songwriter from last month, he told us that he just loves getting new music out to the fans and that they can expect a ton of new music in 2020. Watch the full interview below.
Tenpenny is joining Jason Aldean on his summer leg of the We Back Tour. For tickets and tour dates click here.
“Can’t Go to Church” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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