Introspective country-singer songwriter Austin Jenckes is getting ready to release his debut album If You Grew Up Like I Did May 31 via red dot. The Nashville-based, Seattle area native has revealed three songs from the anticipated effort, including the lead track “Fat Kid” featuring Lori McKenna, the previously released “Ride Away,” and his latest song, “Never Left Memphis.”
Known for his signature vocals, “Never Left Memphis” is a loud, thumping track that combines rock, blues and classic Southern soul. It’s currently featured on Apple Music’s Best of the Week, Country Roads and Hot Tracks playlists, while also being spotlighted on Spotify’s New Music Nashville and Fresh Folk & Americana playlists.
The nostalgic single“Fat Kid” recently debuted its official video on Billboard.com and CMT, while being named a “Song You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone. It’s currently been featured on CMT’s 12-pack Countdown in recent weeks.
Growing up in Duvall, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, Jenckes moved to Nashville six years ago to focus on being an artist and his songwriting. Since moving, he started a family with his new wife.
Racking up over 1O million streams across all platforms, he’s been named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “Artist You Need To Know" and has performed alongside the likes of Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, The Cadillac Three and Ashley McBryde.
Getting ready to make his Opry debut this June, Jenckes recently performed the National Anthem at his hometown Seattle Seahawks Stadium in front of 65,000 people. He was also awarded with The ASCAP Foundation’s Harold Adamson Lyric Award in Country, in honor of his songwriting, at the end of last year.