Tegan Marie

Tegan Marie
Born (2003-10-25) October 25, 2003 (age 16)
Grand Blanc, Michigan, US
Years active2015–present
LabelsWarner Music Nashville

Tegan Marie (born October 25, 2003)[1] is an American country singer and songwriter. She first received attention for her covers of popular songs, including a rendition of Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y." that received 20 million views on social media.[2] She was later signed to Warner Music Nashville at age 13, becoming the youngest female singer to sign to a major country label since 1972.[3]

Early life

Marie was born in Grand Blanc, Michigan, a suburb of Flint.[4] She began singing as a toddler, and, when she was around 7, her parents created an account for her on Sweety High, a media company and social networking site for young girls. Marie uploaded videos of herself on Sweety High singing covers of songs by artists like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. She began accumulating followers on that platform along with Facebook and YouTube and was signed to a management contract with Sweety High at age 12. On a trip to Los Angeles to meet with Sweety High executives,[3] Marie also met and sang "Love Me Like You Mean It" with Kelsea Ballerini.[5]


In April 2016, Marie released her first single, "Lucky Me." Proceeds from the sale of the song were used to benefit children affected by the Flint water crisis[6] at Hurley Children's Hospital.[7] She also performed at a Flint benefit show with Granger Smith that month.[6] In May 2016, she opened for Hunter Hayes for 3 dates on his tour.[8] The following month, she released her cover of Florida Georgia Line's "H.O.L.Y."[9] which eventually accumulated 20 million views across Facebook and YouTube.[3]

In August 2016, she performed at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day in New York City[4] and followed that with a performance of "Lucky Me" on Good Morning America.[2] In October 2016, she released a cover of Faith Hill's "This Kiss" for the Forever Country Cover Series. At that time, she was also the youngest member of the Country Music Association at age 13.[10] In November 2016,[11] she performed "My Guy" at a Washington, D.C. celebration of Smokey Robinson receiving the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize of Popular Song. She also released a holiday single, "Just Another Night," in December of that year. Around that time, Marie partnered with Radio Disney Country.[11]

In April 2017, she made her first appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California.[12] In August 2017, she performed six shows on the "Walmart Back To School Jam" tour.[13][14][15] Later that month, she made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry and signed a record deal with Warner Music Nashville on the same day.[16] At age 13, she was the youngest female singer to be signed to a major country label since 1972 when Tanya Tucker signed to CBS Records.[3] In January 2018, she released her first single on Warner called "Keep It Lit" and performed at the Ryman Auditorium for the first time.[17] She also began working with producers, Nathan Chapman and Scott Hendricks.[18] At the end of that month, she performed "Keep It Lit" on Today.[19]

In June 2018, she released her second single on Warner, "I Know How to Make a Boy Cry".[20] The music video for the song paid homage to Elvis Presley's 1968 Comeback Special.[18] Marie went on a summer tour in support of the single.[21] In November 2018, she appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Girl Scouts of the USA float where she performed "Keep It Lit". The following month, she played Wendy in a production of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell — A Pirate's Christmas at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.[22] Billboard, HuffPost, and Rolling Stone called her a rising country artist and a country artist to watch in 2018.[23][24][25]

In March 2019, she was one of the four country music artists of the YouTube docu-series Opry NextStage[26][27] On March 19, she released the song "Horses." Its music video was produced in conjunction with DreamWorks' Netflix animated series Spirit Riding Free.[28] In April 2019, she released the single, "I Don't Know What Is".[29] Later that year, she joined several other artists in September to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association at the 3rd annual Dance Party to End ALZ.[30]



List of singles as a lead artist, showing year released and album name
"Lucky Me"2016
"Keep It Lit"2018
"I Know How to Make a Boy Cry"
"I Don't Know What Is"


  1. ^ Konicki, Lisa (October 4, 2016). "12-Year-Old Tegan Marie Is Making Waves in Country Music for the Next Generation". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Papadatos, Markos (August 29, 2016). "Review: Tegan Marie dazzles at 'Good Morning America' debut performance". Digital Journal. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Yahr, Emily (November 22, 2018). "Meet Tegan Marie, the 15-year-old singer poised to bring more teen fans to country music". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Papadatos, Markos (August 15, 2016). "Interview: Tegan Marie talks Arthur Ashe Kids' Day and influences". Digital Journal. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Howell, Coti (December 1, 2015). "Kids Singing Country Songs: Kelsea Ballerini, 'Love Me Like You Mean It'". Taste of Country. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b McCollum, Brian (April 7, 2016). "LISTEN: Tegan Marie, 'Lucky Me,' exclusive premiere". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Brickey, Kelly (December 7, 2017). "Scotty Mccreery, Carly Pearce and more record 'Angels Among Us' for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Tutten, James (May 6, 2016). "Tegan Marie's country-music dreams to come true in Orlando". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Hostelley, Laura (June 27, 2016). "Tegan Marie Goes Viral With Heartfelt Cover of 'H.O.L.Y.' [Watch]". Taste of Country. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (October 27, 2016). "Forever Country: Tegan Marie Covers Faith Hill's Iconic 'This Kiss' [Watch]". Taste of Country. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  11. ^ a b McCollum, Brian (January 14, 2017). "Tegan Marie goes for teen music gold as Gen Z makes its stand". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Powers, Shad (April 30, 2017). "Only 13, Tegan Marie shows off her powerful voice in intimate Stagecoach show". The Desert Sun. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  13. ^ Rittenhouse, Lindsay (December 7, 2017). "Teen Media Company Sweety High Is Launching a Creative Agency to Target Gen Z". Adweek. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Rising country star Tegan Marie to perform in Marion". The Southern. August 3, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  15. ^ Casey, Jim (August 2, 2017). "Tegan Marie: Back to School Jam Tour". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  16. ^ Watts, Cindy (August 19, 2017). "Meet Tegan Marie, the youngest female country singer to sign record deal in decades". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  17. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (January 19, 2018). "14-Year-Old Country Prodigy Tegan Marie Shares 'Keep It Lit' Video: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Hodak, Brittany (June 29, 2018). "Rising Country Artist Tegan Marie Channels Elvis In New Music Video". Forbes. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  19. ^ Brickey, Kelly (January 27, 2018). "Tegan Marie Goes Glamping with Pals in 'Keep It Lit' Video". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Houghton, Cillea (May 29, 2018). "Tegan Marie Shares Message of Empowerment With 'I Know How to Make a Boy Cry'". Taste of Country. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  21. ^ Casey, Jim (July 19, 2018). "Tegan Marie Announces Summer Tour Dates". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  22. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (November 20, 2018). "Tegan Marie On Performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 'It's a Dream Come True'". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  23. ^ Dauphin, Chuck; Weatherby, Taylor (January 5, 2018). "15 Country Artists to Watch in 2018". Billboard. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  24. ^ Hodak, Brittany (December 29, 2017). "10 Country Artists To Watch In 2018". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  25. ^ Freeman, Jon; Hodge, Will; Moss, Marissa R.; Hyman, Dan; McKenna, Brittney; Gage, Jeff; Parton, Chris (January 19, 2018). "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: January 2018". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  26. ^ Houghton, Cillea (January 11, 2019). "Grand Ole Opry Supports Rising Country Stars With NextStage". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  27. ^ Watts, Cindy (March 1, 2019). "Watch: Tegan Marie showcased in Grand Ole Opry's new NextStage docu-series". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  28. ^ Parton, Chris (March 22, 2019). "Tegan Marie Rides Into the Sunset in 'Horses' Video". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  29. ^ "Tegan Marie Pays Homage to Her Roots with New Song "I Don't Know What Is"". Music Mayhem Magazine. April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  30. ^ Houghton, Cillea (October 9, 2019). "Kimberly Williams-Paisley's Dance Party to End Alzheimer's Keeps Spirits Alive Sounds Like Nashville". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved December 14, 2019.

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