The War And Treaty Feeling ‘Grateful’ To Be Nominated For ACM Duo Of The Year [Exclusive]

The excited husband and wife duo also discuss their latest release and their upcoming touring gigs.


Madeleine O’Connell

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May 14, 2024


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Husband-and-wife duo, The War And Treaty, are on cloud nine going into the 2024 ACM Awards week because they are once again nominated for Duo of the Year. 

When asked where they were when the news of this incredible honor reached them, Tanya said she was probably taking part in daily house chores, while Michael was on high alert and likely the one to see the announcement first.

She said, “Michael is the nomination-pay-attention-to kind of person,” to which he confirmed, “I’m the stalker.”

The powerhouse vocalist went on to say that she couldn’t recall exactly what she was doing in that moment, but Michael had a hunch she was probably shopping. 

“I probably was doing that too,” she joked. 

The Couple Shares How Much This Nod Means To Them

In all seriousness, the pair acknowledged how much it means to them to be recognized for such a high honor alongside their peers Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Maddie & Tae and Dan + Shay.

Tanya also noted that the best way to celebrate a feat like this is to “You acknowledge that it’s happening, you put gratitude into the universe, you’re humbled by it and you’re grateful for it.”

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The Response To Their Newest Release, “Leads Me Home”

The War And Treaty continue to make waves with their country/gospel sound that is captivating fans everywhere. Most recently, they unleashed an incredibly special song titled, “Leads Me Home,” which combines their soulful vocals with their deep-rooted love for one another to create a banjo-ridden track filled with heartfelt lyrics. 

“It’s been incredible,” Tanya said of the fans’ response to their latest release. “I mean to be honest, we were just looking yesterday at the fan comments and what people are saying and how they’re sharing the song and we’ve never kind just put out a bunch of music at the same time rapidly like we’re doing now. But we plan on releasing as much as we can every month.”

She continued, “Our fans are getting to learn a different side to us, because we’ve always kind of blended genres, but we’re really focusing on country and gospel.”

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Hitting The Road On Major Tours In 2024

Throughout the year The War And Treaty will be opening for a slew of country stars including Ian Munsick, Zach Bryan, Chris Stapleton and The Rolling Stones. Tanya revealed that their upcoming gig with the world-famous rock band is a direct result of the power of manifestation. 

“I am a serious manifester, so I believe if you speak it, it can happen,” she began. “We’re driving down the street, we’re LA, we’re in a car with the lady who’s driving us to the event and I looked to the right and I say, ‘what is that?’ Because I’ve never seen this place before. And she says, ‘Oh, that’s SoFi Stadium. We’re driving down the ramp to go into the building, we get to our trailer and go inside and not even five minutes later our booking agent calls us and says, ‘How would you guys like to play SoFi Stadium opening for The Rolling Stones?’”

Before they continue on their massive touring run this year, Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter are expected to make a fashionable appearance on the ACM Awards red carpet before heading into the show alongside their fellow singer/songwriters. 

Hosted by Reba McEntire, the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards this Thursday, May 16, airs live from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. PDT exclusively on Prime Video. This special occasion allows fans who do not have a Prime membership to still stream the “Party of the Year” for FREE on

limited number of tickets to attend the show are still available for purchase. 

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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.