Singer/songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny officially impacts country radio today with his Riser House/Columbia Nashville debut single, “Drunk Me,” garnering 60 combined Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase stations. With 52 Mediabase adds, this makes Tenpenny’s impact add week total the best for a country debut single in two years.
“Drunk Me” makes chart history this week by achieving the highest entry ever for a new artist on Nielsen’s On Demand Audio Core Country Streaming chart. The single achieves #39 following an increase of 249% for a total of 1.5 million streams.
Co-produced by Tenpenny and Jordan M. Schmidt, “Drunk Me” was co-written by Tenpenny, Schmidt and Justin Wilson. It is one of five songs included on Mitchell Tenpenny’s recently released self-titled EP, showcasing his rich, gritty, soul-infused music that is tethered in themes intrinsic to the South. Get the EP and 1st single HERE.
Currently on a national radio promotion tour, Tenpenny was recently the opening act on Dustin Lynch’s Ride or Die Tourand has also performed with Jake Owen, Brett Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.
A Nashville native with an industry pedigree (his grandmother was Donna Hilley, the esteemed, CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing), Mitchell Tenpenny comes from fertile ground with musical influences as far-flung as Michael Jackson, John Mayer, the Oak Ridge Boys, and R. Kelly. He co-wrote the Top 5 hit, “If the Boot Fits,” for Granger Smith.
With a growing foothold in Nashville, Tenpenny (his given name and not a country version of Fifty Cent) is an industry insider/outlier. Someone who has a local’s appreciation of the origins of Nashville and a keen focus on what happens outside of Music City.
Tenpenny was the flagship artist for Riser House, which is a full-service label, artist management, and music publishing company founded by Matt Swanson, Jennifer Johnson and Mitchell Tenpenny. As the result of a new joint-venture, Sony Music Nashville and Riser House announced Tenpenny’s signing to Riser House/Columbia Nashville in January.