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13 MAY 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Up-and-coming country artist Austin Jenckes released his latest track “Never Forget” from his debut album If You Grew Up Like I Did, due May 31st via ole’s red dot label. The third new reveal from the forthcoming release (pre-order here), the tender song is a romantic ballad that Jenckes wrote about the moment he met his wife. In honor of Mother’s Day, he also released this video for “Never Forget,” which includes his actual wedding footage and a cameo from his daughter.
Jenckes recently announced a string of special shows including his Grand Ole Opry debut set for June 15, an official CMA Fest performance in support of the CMA Foundation, along with a UK tour and opening slots with Lynyrd Skynyrd this summer.
Upon hearing about his Opry debut Jenckes exclaimed, “Dreams come true! I can’t believe I get to step in the circle for the first time. I cannot wait!”
The album’s lead track, “Fat Kid,” which features award-winning artist Lori McKenna who also co-wrote the song, was released earlier this year along with the official video. as well, which debuted on billboard.com and CMT, while being named a “Song You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone and remaining on CMT’s 12-pack Countdown since debut (fans can vote here).
Jenckes wrote or co-writing every song on the album, with the exception of “Fat Kid” written by McKenna, Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three) and the late Andrew Dorff. The album’s title, If You Grew Up Like I Did, comes from a lyric in the song. In addition to “Fat Kid,” Jenckes recently revealed the rock inspired Southern soul track “Never Left Memphis,” while his previously released song “Ride Away” is also featured on the album.
Growing up in Duvall, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, Jenckes moved to Nashville six years ago to focus on being an artist and his songwriting. Since moving to Nashville, Jenckes started a family with his new wife. Previously named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “Artist You Need To Know" he’s performed alongside the likes of Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three and Ashley McBryde, while also having performed the National Anthem at his hometown Seattle Seahawks Stadium in front of 65,000 people.
In December, Jenckes was awarded The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award in Country, in honor of his songwriting.
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