Thankfully, we’re starting to see a steady rise in the amount of songs on country radio that actually mean something, and Tenille Townes’ gut-wrenching “Jersey On The Wall” is easily one of the most meaningful.
Directed by Mason Dixon, the new video was filmed using the actual jerseys of the two students that were the inspiration for the song.
“There’s an anchor of light coming in through the gym window, across the lockers and in the hallways that represents the ever-present hope that is still there, even in the darkest of losses,” says Townes of the video. “We were able to use the actual jerseys of Danielle and Drayton, who were both the inspiration behind this song. It was so emotional seeing both of their #9s hanging there during the video shoot and it means so much to have their jerseys be such a big part.”
More than just the powerful video, it’s the song itself that finds Townes asking the tough questions, the kind of heart-shattering questions that many of us who lost someone undoubtedly had. The kind that only God can answer…
“This song, and its permission to ask God the hard questions, is so important to me. I think it’s in conversation, and in stepping into that vulnerable place, where we find the healing we might be looking for. This was inspired by an incredible group of people in Grand Manan that I had the pleasure of getting to know. They had just been through a horrible tragedy where five students from their high school had gotten into an accident and one of those students, Danielle, passed away. I kept in touch with that community and went back for the high school graduation the following year. I sat in the gym, watched Danielle’s parents award her honorarium scholarship and on the wall of the gym was Danielle’s jersey. I stared at the jersey will all kinds of questions for God. Shortly after my trip there, my best friend’s little brother passed away and after that somebody I graduated high school with was also killed in an accident. I walked into the writing session with Gordie Sampson and Tina Parole a few months later with all of my emotions and the song found us that day. I’m so grateful it did.”