Mitchell Tenpenny Strikes A Chord With New Song, ‘Breaking My Heart’

Tenpenny was inspired by a real-life breakup when co-writing the track.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 19, 2024

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Mitchell Tenpenny; Photo by Chelsea Rochelle

Mitchell Tenpenny does it again with his unwavering ability to produce an anthem for every heartbroken soul in his newest release, “Breaking My Heart.”

Available everywhere today, the mid-tempo tune shines a light on the phase of a breakup when the pain resurrects itself in waves caused by the sight of an ex moving on. Tenpenny had a hand in bringing this dynamic storyline to life alongside Ashley Gorley, Chase McGill, and Jordan Schmidt.

What Is The Inspiration Behind The Song?

“‘Breaking My Heart’ was written about going through a breakup and trying to get your ex off your mind. You keep trying to do things and go different places but it seems like every single thing reminds you of them,” Mitchell says. 

While bringing this song to life, Tenpenny admitted he was brought back to a time when he was struggling to get over a relationship and remembered just how difficult of a task that can be. This connection, plus his hard-hitting storytelling skills make Tenpenny more than qualified to deliver this spellbinding track for others to relate to. 

“I remember once during a break up, I kept seeing her specific car (make, model, and color) all the time. They were just driving around me every day. I couldn’t escape it. So that concept was what I thought about when I came up with the idea for this song. There are things in life that happen that instantly bring you back to a time with someone else. Maybe a song comes on the radio that reminds you of them, maybe someone brings them up in a story, maybe it’s a bar you like to go to, or even a favorite food you like to eat. That’s what the heart of this song is truly about.”

As he went on to say, it can often feel impossible to escape these post-breakup blues because of how easily those constant reminders of that person are resurrected in everyday life. 

“Sometimes things are unescapable, especially after a breakup with someone you might have thought is the one,” Tenpenny continued. “But all you’re asking for is a chance to get over them but reminders of them keep showing up everywhere and there is nothing you can do about it.” 

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Mitchell Tenpenny Stars In New Music Video

The new song was paired with an accompanying music video that was filmed at various locations around Middle Tennessee and directed by Zach Pigg.

The Riser House/Sony Music Nashville recording artist stars in the video, which finds him attempting to drown out the somber feelings of the character at hand. Suddenly, that not-so-friendly reminder shows up as a bouquet of yellow daises sitting on the barstool next to him. 

“Aw, baby, don’t you kinda wanna stay in tonight/ Or at least go walking into some other bar/ Don’t you need a break from breaking my heart/ I said, baby, won’t you let me get on with my life/ ‘Cause everywhere I go it’s like there you are/ Don’t you need a break from breaking my heart/ From breaking my heart,” Tenpenny sings on the chorus. 

Mitchell Tenpenny; Photo by: Todd Owyoung/NBC
Mitchell Tenpenny; Photo by: Todd Owyoung/NBC

“Breaking My Heart” is the first of more new music to be released from Tenpenny in 2024. It comes hot on the heels of his Top 10 radio smash “We Got History,” which the country star recently performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Mitchell Tenpenny is currently enjoying the tropical weather of Cancun, Mexico, where he’s been tapped to perform as part of Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa concert event.

On Tour In 2024

Next, he’ll be hitting the road with Luke Combs on the “Growin’ Up and Getting’ Old Tour” as well as Jordan Davis’ “The Damn Good Time Tour.” In between these supporting dates, Tenpenny will have a slew of his own headline shows. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.