Tenille Townes Questions ‘When’s It Gonna Happen’ In Hopeful New Song

In early December, Tenille Townes took to TikTok to release a snippet of her new song, “When’s It Gonna Happen,”…

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 18, 2022

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Tenille Townes; Photo by Lauren Dunn

In early December, Tenille Townes took to TikTok to release a snippet of her new song, “When’s It Gonna Happen,” and the outpouring of support from fans on the platform persuaded the 10-time Canadian CMA winner to release the song and music video. 

Out now, “When’s It Gonna Happen” is an anthem for single people everywhere as Townes shares her feelings of being “the last one standing” as her close friends are “falling in love” around her. The idea for the song was born during a virtual writing session and is a true story. 

Tenille Townes - When's It Gonna Happen
Tenille Townes – When’s It Gonna Happen

”I was on a zoom writing session with my friends, Stephen Wrabel and Steph Jones. And we were kind of talking about that and about how I was getting a bunch of invitations in the mail to my friend’s weddings and how it feels like they are all getting married and having babies,” Townes said. “And what if we wrote a song about what it feels like to not be in that same spot right now?” 

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The song touches on topics that are often difficult to discuss, including hope, fear, insecurities, and more.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m the last one standin’ / I look around and all my friends are fallin’ in love / I’m scared to death I’ll end up empty-handed / Can’t be the only one / Thinking when’s it gonna happen, happen to mе / Know it’s supposed to happen naturally / When’s it gonna happеn to me?” Townes sings on the chorus.

Upon release, hundreds of thousands of fans shared their stories via social media on how they truly connected to the tune’s relatable lyrics. The support means the world to Townes.  

“It has been the most encouraging and exciting thing seeing people comment and say that they feel the same way,” Townes added. “So here’s to rocking the single life. I can’t wait to sing it at the top of our lungs together on the road!”

@tenilletownes This is for everyone that is the single one in their friend group. Who else can relate? 🙋‍♀️ #singlelife #singleasapringle #singleasf ♬ Whens It Gonna Happen – Tenille Townes

“When’s It Gonna Happen” follows her vulnerable track, “Villain In Me.”

Later this month, Townes is set to embark on her first-ever headlining trek in the United States, dubbed the Villain In Me Tour. The tour kicks off on January 27 in Nashville, Tennessee, and will continue through the Spring with stops in Los Angeles, Charlotte, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and more.

The fast-rising star is also set to open for country legends George Strait and Reba McEntire in February, before heading to the United Kingdom for C2C in March 2022.

“I wrote this song because it’s a real and true window into my life right now and how I feel sometimes about being single. I know that if it’s something I’m feeling, then there must be others who feel the same way I do. I wanted to create something that would speak to them too!” said Townes. “I’ve shared a few pieces of the song on socials, and it has been the most encouraging and exciting thing seeing people comment and say that they feel the same way. I’m really so excited to share the rest of this song with everybody and can’t wait to sing it at the top of our lungs together on the road!”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.