Tenille Townes And Bryan Adams Prepare For Heartbreak In New Duet, ‘The Thing That Wrecks You’

“This song is evidence to me that putting a wild thought out in the atmosphere and believing in it is a powerful thing,” Townes explained.


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 24, 2023

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Tenille Townes, Bryan Adams; Photo Provided

Tenille Townes teamed up with GRAMMY Award winner Bryan Adams for a stunning duet titled, “The Thing That Wrecks You.” 

Townes announced the new track on social media with the caption that read, I’m wrecked!!! Can not believe this song with @bryanadams is a real thing you guys… so wild it’s here 🖤

How They Met

The thriving songstress invited Adams to join her on the song after a chance meeting in Vancouver.

“I was recording a song for a Hallmark Movie in Vancouver last summer and found myself completely enamored by the recording space we were in,” remembers Townes. “Later in the day, I found out that it was Bryan Adams’ Warehouse Studio, and I actually ran into Bryan himself on the staircase on my way out. We talked for just a few minutes, and I was so happy to meet him because his path as a fellow Canadian has been incredibly inspiring to me, with a collection of songs that have impacted the world in such a huge way.”

Following this encounter, Tenille Townes found her way back to a previous write that needed another pair of vocals to make it complete. This song was brought back to life in the presence of Adams who added his staggering vocals as well as his expertise on the guitar. 

“Later that night, I thought about ‘The Thing That Wrecks You,’ a song I’d written a while before with Kate York and Daniel Tashian, and how the spirit of that song made me think about his voice,” she continued. “I decided to go out on a limb and sent him the song along with a letter asking if he might be up for singing on it with me. Fast forward to now, where not only have I gotten to sing with a hero of mine, but I have also found a mentor and friend through this whole adventure. This song is evidence to me that putting a wild thought out in the atmosphere and believing in it is a powerful thing.” 

The track was produced by the reigning CCMA Entertainer of the Year and her band’s guitarist, Jaxon Hargrove, and recorded with her touring band joining her in the studio with Adams. The pair of talented artists create an elevated energy as they illustrate the feeling of knowing heartbreak is creeping its way into a relationship. 

While trading opening lines, they come together to sing the powerful chorus, “We’re running down a darker road / Where even angels fear to go / And stars fall like a lonely tear / When they’re crashing through the atmosphere / It looked just like a dream come true / But love can lead you straight into / The thing that wrecks you.”


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“The Thing That Wrecks You” follows Townes’ release of several individual tracks like “The Last Time” and “Tomorrow Can Wait,” along with her latest project, Masquerades, which dropped in April 2022 via Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville in partnership with RCA Records. 

This new release also offers the first look at the new music that the “When’s It Gonna Happen” singer has in store for 2023. 

2023 Tour

Beginning April 19, Tenille Townes will hit the road for her US Side A + B Tour, which will find her making stops in Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and more before wrapping up in Richmond, VA on April 30. 

“Being together with you guys, building this community and a show that we are all a part of, that’s why I make music. I always want to bring something different every time I come to town, and this show is a journey to show you guys both sides of who I am,” she wrote, announcing the tour on Instagram. 

Fans can also catch Tenille Townes’ performances at major festivals such as Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Faster Horses Festival, and Watershed Festival, to name a few.

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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.