Combine the unharnessed and raw beauty that is the Badlands of South Dakota, sprinkle in the boldness of a young outspoken Dolly, topped with the original soulfulness of Eartha Kit, you get the distinctive voice that is Keenie.
Though today the country singer/songwriter calls Nashville home, she grew up in South Dakota, settled into a saddle underneath the shadows of legends. She spent her early years on her grandparents’ 66,000 acre ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Her father, Grady was a former PRCA steer wrestler and mom, Kelli was a South Dakota Rodeo Hall of Fame All-Around Cowgirl great.
Keenie and her brother accomplished their own claims in rodeo. Her brother, Jess Tierney, is a PRCA steer roper, recently qualifying for his seventh NFR and Keenie is an accomplished barrel racer in her own right. As an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, her background is as diverse as her musical influences. She’s part cowgirl, part Native American, and 100% country.
Keenie recieved her first big break as a songwriter in 2019. Her original title, “Bring It On Back” secured a cut with Brennley Brown (Walt Disney Recording artist and a 12th season finalist on NBC’s The Voice). A new original song, “I Just Wanna Be A Cowgirl,” cowritten with Scott Lynch and Billy Aerts, will be featured in an upcoming documentary for SAYiWONT set to hit film festivals in late 2020.
Keenie keeps busy playing fairs, festivals, and rodeo events and has opened for Martina McBride, The Band Perry, LoCash, Chris Cagle and Joe Diffie, among others. During the 2013 National Finals Rodeo, she opened for Neal McCoy at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for ten nights, as well as various PBR events.
Keenie continues to broaden her fan base by hosting and performing at women’s conferences across the United States with friend and fellow singer, Susie McEntire (Reba McEntire’s sister). Perhaps one of her most significant honors was touring with The Armed Forces Entertainment in Africa, performing for our troops during their employments at three remote military bases.
In 2020 Keenie and Susie McEntire released an uplifting single called “Love Don’t Care” written by John Ritter and The Henningsens. They are currently partnering with Country Roads TV to release two new tv shows called “Beyond The Broken” and “Talks From The Heart”.
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