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“It’s been so great to be back on the road just doing what I really like to do,” Townes said. “I’m feeling great. I’m excited for a summer and fall of live musical experiences and playing a collection of new songs.”
Townes’ new EP Masquerades was released in April and includes her Wrabel duet “When You Need It” as well as her collaboration with BRELAND “Shared Walls.” The Canadian said she sent “Shared Walls” to BRELAND with a note that read, “Will you be my neighbor?” He sent his voice back immediately.
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“I just had goosebumps,” Townes said. “He can do so much. You hear so many of these different kinds of musical talents that he has throughout his collection. He can do anything but hear this more vulnerable side of his voice for me through this song, it was just really special .”
Townes was happy that the pair were able to collaborate on the music video as well.
“I definitely wanted the metaphor of the wall to be able to communicate what it means to just be a good neighbor and be there for someone, no matter what walk of life you come from, what side or corner of the world you come from, she said. “When it all comes down to it, we feel the same things. We go through hard things, things that scare us, things that we celebrate. All of that is really important to me to think about when it comes to there for each other as human beings.
Townes wrote the song about Zoom with his friends Stephen Wrabel and Eric Leva from their separate apartments during the pandemic. She sees the moody mid-tempo as a time machine that transports her to a place where she feels more connected to the world that was out in a dark time.
“We talked about how we were all stuck inside and felt closer to our neighbors and checked in on our neighbors more at that time,” she said. “And even feeling closer to neighbors in buildings on the whole other side of the world, watching videos of people singing in the streets of Italy and saying, “Wow, collectively as people, we’re really all kinds of neighbors figuring out how to get through this time in our history.”
If the pandemic has a silver lining – Townes believes it’s the idea of making humanity feel connected to each other. She thought BRELAND was the perfect person to bring it to life.
“He just has this joy for life and people and music that’s so beautiful,” she said. “I think it really brings this song to life in such a special way. His perspective is so important in country music; it was an honor to have him be a part of this.”
Next on Townes’ itinerary is the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in September. 11 in Calgary. She is up for seven awards, including single, album, video, songwriter and entertainer of the year.
A few weeks later, the singer will launch her “Same Road Home Club Tour” in Omaha, NE, on October. 6.