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Tenille Townes Question’s God’s Plan in ‘Jersey On the Wall’ Video

Thought-provoking clip features the jerseys that inspired her song.

Written by Chris Parton
Tenille Townes Question’s God’s Plan in ‘Jersey On the Wall’ Video
Tenille Townes; Photo courtesy of Cracker Barrel

Rising star Tenille Townes captures the thought provoking essence of “Jersey On The Wall (I’m Just Asking)” in the single’s official video, creating a somber tribute to lost loved ones and the questions they leave behind.

Directed by Mason Dixon and set largely in a high-school gymnasium, the video pulls viewers into Townes’ inspiration for the heavy-hearted track — attending a memorial service for a student from her home town who was killed in a car accident. She later encountered the loss of a friend’s younger brother and both of their actual jerseys are featured in the reflective clip, as Townes applies her evocative voice to a poetic plot. With a dramatic piano and acoustic guitar behind her, she’s not abandoning her faith — but is definitely searching for answers — and explains that the video is meant to offer comfort, not dwell on pain.

“Leaving space in this video for people to insert their own emotions and think of people in their own stories was so important to me,” she says in a statement. “There’s an anchor of light coming in through the gym window, across the lockers and in the hallways that represents the ever-present hope that is still there, even in the darkest of losses. We were able to use the actual jerseys of Danielle and Drayton, who were both the inspiration behind this song. It was so emotional seeing both of their #9s hanging there during the video shoot and it means so much to have their jerseys be such a big part.”

“Jersey On The Wall (I’m Just Asking)” comes from Townes’ upcoming full-length debut album, which was produced by Jay Joyce and also includes “White Horse,” “I Kept The Roses” and lead single “Somebody’s Daughter.”

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Today is the day. The music video for Jersey on the Wall is officially out there. I hope it brings you comfort. I hope you have space to think about a number on a jersey you might know. I hope you feel the light pouring through these scenes because I believe even in the darkest of losses, hope is still there, getting in through the cracks. Thanks for watching this and for lifting up this song out there. And thank you to Danielle and Drayton’s families for letting us have the honour of using their actual jerseys in this video. Both of these #9s were the inspiration behind this song, and it was so emotional for me seeing them hanging up there during the shoot. It means so much to have them be such a big a part. ❤️

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The Canadian singer-songwriter recently won all four awards she was nominated for at the 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year (“Somebody’s Daughter”), Anthem Entertainment Songwriter of the Year and Video of the Year (“Somebody’s Daughter”). She’ll join Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour this fall and will perform select dates with Maren Morris in November.