Southern Tier native opens for country music star

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TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) – It was a homecoming for a rising country star born and raised in the Southern Tier Friday night.

Country singer, Tessa Victoria, was raised in the town of Maine and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her singing career. Tessa has since opened for major country stars including Hunter Hayes during 2019’s Spiedie Fest.

So when she had the chance to open for country star Granger Smith in front of hundreds of local fans at Touch of Texas, it was an exciting offer she couldn’t refuse.

“He puts on an amazing show. I’ve seen a couple of songs that he’s performed and he’s incredible,” said Tessa Victoria.

Tessa Victoria also says when it comes to performing live, there is no place like home.

“Honestly coming home, those are the best shows. I mean you can play to an audience of ten thousand but there’s nothing like looking out and seeing your friends and family in the front row,” said Tessa Victoria.

For this performance, Tessa invited high school friend and fellow musician, Tyler Vallet, to share the stage.

“We both went Maine Endwell High School and that’s how we met… now just whenever we are here and I play or if he has a gig, I come and sing a few with him. It’s great,” said Tessa Victoria.

Victoria says she was happy to share her new original music with her hometown fans who have supported her every note.

“I finally feel like I found me. I really think it’s a country combined with being from upstate New York. I’m not from Georgia, I’m not from Texas. I have this northeastern thing and I feel like I finally got a piece of that into the new music,” said Tessa Victoria.

Tessa Victoria says her debut single will be released in February and she is hoping to release an E.P. as well.

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