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Three friends from Quincy, Illinois, who bonded over their interest in social media, theater, and music, Avenue Beat was started by Sami Bearden, Savana Santos, and Sam Backoff. They moved to Nashville together shortly after graduating from high school. As 21-year-olds, they signed with Big Machine Records imprint Valory Music Co. and released their first single, "Ruin That for Me," alongside their debut EP, Avenue Beat, in mid-2019. The four-song set featured production by Santos, David Garcia (Carrie Underwood, TobyMac), and Ashley Gorley (Trace Adkins). It led to an invitation to join Rascal Flatts' tentatively scheduled farewell tour in 2020. ~ Marcy Donelson