Tenille Townes added more power to "Somebody's Daughter," her first country radio single, by collaborating with Nashville area Girl Scouts with their own stories to tell. The new version adds what amounts to a gospel youth choir to Townes' already truthful message. In the process, sixteen members of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee's Troop 6000 earned their musician badge through quite the hands-on exercise.
Per its website, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee launched Troop 6000 in 2017 as an initiative that serves homeless girls and is modeled after similar troops launched earlier in the year in New York City. Troop meetings take place at local shelters and schools with the highest population of Metro Nashville Public Schools' HERO (Homeless Education Resources Outreach) students.
"It was really exciting when we counted off for the stomps and the claps and we realized that they were all so in time and paying such close attention and eager to participate," Townes says in a making-of video. "Then when they sang, that just really melted me, hearing their voices on that 'Somebody's Daughter' line was something pretty special, especially knowing that they all really do have quite a remarkable story."
All proceeds from the new recording, produced by Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves, Lucie Silvas), support Troop 6000.
To celebrate the release, Townes will be the featured guest/performer at the annual Girl Scouts Luncheon, held Sept. 24 in Nashville.
In the meantime, Townes will debut on NBC's Today on Tuesday (July 23). She's currently on the road as part of Dierks Bentley's Burning Man Tour and will take part this fall in Miranda Lambert's Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour.
The original recording of "Somebody's Daughter" will appear on Townes' forthcoming debut album, produced by Jay Joyce (Lambert, Eric Church).