On October 10, 2020, Mitchell Tenpenny was supposed to be stepping on the Ryman Auditorium stage for his first headlining show there. That concert ultimately had to be postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he’s still finding ways to perform for fans. Instead, Tenpenny will be launching his “10.10.20” livestream shows and in-person concerts on October 10, and it will all benefit his 10Penny Fund, which is partnered with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare.
“I’m disappointed we had to move the Ryman concert to 2021 as I’ve dreamed of headlining that venue all my life growing up in Nashville,” said Tenpenny in a press release. “But we still have a great day of live music planned for the fans and I’m challenging all of us to raise $10,000 to help families who are dealing with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis. And my friends at Sarah Cannon will match our donation!”
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10.10.20 was a day I was looking forward to for so many reasons. I felt so blessed that because of y’all I was getting to headline @theryman . We are going to push it off to 10.10.21 so it can be everything we originally planned it to be. With that said, we are still going to make 10.10 special this year. I’m challenging us to raise $10k & @sarahcannoncancer is going to match it when we do. Click the #LinkInBio so you can be a part of our day. Let’s make it a day to remember #WalkLikeHim
He will kick off “10.10.20” with a livestream show from the Hope Lodge at the American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation in Nashville at 12pm CT. Then, he will perform two in-person shows at the Listening Room. The first show, called “Telling All My Secrets,” will take place at 6pm, and will find Tenpenny performing with the songwriters from his Telling All My Secrets album. For his second show at 8:30, Tenpenny will bring new writers to the stage for “Songs You Haven’t Heard.” Each show will sell 135 tickets in keeping with COVID-19 guidelines.
Tenpenny’s 10Penny Fund was founded in 2018 and was inspired by his own experience with his father’s cancer. The organization seeks to “provide inspiration and to support programs that help build community, motivate patients and encourage healing” among cancer patients and their families.