Award winning country artist coming to the M-Shop

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Tenille Townes, singer-songwriter and winner of 14 Canadian Country Music Awards, will make her way to the Maintenance Shop Friday.

Townes’ awards include songwriter of the year, best female artist, single of the year, entertainer of the year and fan’s choice award. She also won album of the year for her newest release, “Masquerades.”

“She’s got a pretty impressive bio, with all the country awards she’s won,” Christian Grensteiner, special events co-director, said. “It’ll be our one country show of the semester.”

Townes gained more than a million monthly Spotify listeners since uploading her first EP, “Living Room Worktapes,” in 2018. She has received attention not just from country music fans, but from other artists as well. Opening for Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Dierks Bently helped make her name and music known on a larger scale.

The Maintenance Shop show is part of her “Same Road Home” tour. Ames is her second to last stop in the U.S., falling between shows in Omaha, Nebraska, and St. Louis. After this, she will spend the remainder of the month in Europe.

“We try to get big artists who are touring nationwide,” Grensteiner said. “We do some local shows, but our big thing is finding people who might be traveling from Minneapolis to Kansas City or Omaha and have them stop here. They tend to be bigger artists on a good trajectory.”

Townes’ next step in music after performing at Iowa State is to headline her first tour, “Villian In Me.” Next summer, she will open for Jake Owen and Brad Paisley.

“I am inspired by people and their stories. I am so grateful for music and the way it makes us feel like we are never alone,” according to Townes’ website. “I believe we have everything we need inside of us to be a light for the world. We make each other braver. We’re in this together.”

Tickets are available online and are $14 for students and $18 for the general public, with prices going up by $2 the day of the show.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 8 p.m.