Between nabbing a spot on Dierks Bentley's 2019 Burning Man Tour, joining Miranda Lambert on tour in both 2018 and 2019 and charting her first single at country radio with "Somebody's Daughter," Tenille Townes has a whole lot to celebrate. Backstage at CMA Fest 2019, the singer waxed nostalgic about how far she'd come since the previous year's festival.

"This week has been very pivotal, I think, in just reminiscing over what happened at last year's CMA Fest, and going, 'Oh my goodness, wow,'" Townes mused. "I'm always journaling, because I don't want to forget what any of this feels like at the beginning of this. I do, as much as I can, take time to write down everything that I'm feeling or seeing or soaking in."

The two people closest to the singer aren't always nearby to help celebrate her success, however. Townes' parents live back home in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, where she grew up. Even so, Townes says, she and her family have found a creative way to mark every new milestone in her career together.

"I have this saying with my parents, where we say, 'It's a good day for ice cream,'" she explains. "I call home about all different kinds of things ... When it's a good thing to celebrate, they'll go for ice cream at home, and I'll get some ice cream here."

The tradition has even extended to her Nashville friend group: "We'll be out at a show or something, and we'll go, 'It's a good day for ice cream,' and we go and soak it in," Townes says. "Because I just think those moments are important, and I'm thankful to get to celebrate them with the people that I love."

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