Mitchell Tenpenny | Rob + Holly

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If you aren’t already aware of the perfection that is Mitchell Tenpenny, allow us to introduce you. A successful songwriter, amazing artist, avid Pokémon collector and family man… seriously, what’s not to love?

Recently hitting the top of the charts with “At The End Of A Bar,” a collab with Chris Young, Tenpenny is also nearing the top with a solo song, “Truth About You.”

"It’s crazy. I don’t know what’s happening,” Mitchell said of the huge success which has been years in the making for him. “It seems like, weird. This is crazy. I don’t know what’s happening… There’s a massive team that’s doin’ this so I’m very grateful for them.”

It’s only natural for Mitchell to credit the large team working alongside him as his Grandma used to be a member of that team. Mitchell shared that Grandma Tenpenny started as a receptionist and worked her way up to the COO of Sony Music Publishing.

“One of the most powerful women I’ve ever seen and she ran this town, but she was Grandma to me,” Mitchell recalled. “I was just very lucky to grow up with someone like that to watch how she treated people and entered a room. Just everything about her was just Grandmother and I was very lucky to see that for sure.”

Lucky for Tenpenny, that meant growing up around songwriting and being introduced to some of the biggest in the biz at a young age.

“I remember Blake Shelton walking around before he had a song,” he shared. “She introduced me to Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift… They’re artists, but they’re also incredible songwriters.”

While he was around the music business from a young age, it wasn’t business for Tenpenny when he went to work with Grandma. However, it was for everyone else, including a young Taylor Swift who Tenpenny recalls meeting and being amazed they’re the same age.

“We were kids and I was just jealous… she had this aura around her — she looked famous from the beginning,” he shared. “I was like, ‘You’re my age,’ but I’m just like, ‘I’m playin’ softball later. What are you doing? Ohhh probably just writing hits and making tons of money!’” he laughed.

Regardless of being a “late bloomer” (compared to Swift) Mitchell has clearly found his own path to success and we love to see it!

Check out his full conversation with Rob + Holly above to hear more about his music, love for Pokémon, alien sightings and more!

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