The popular American Girl universe unveils a new series of modern characters, and it kicks things off with a brand-new Nashville-based girl!

Meet Tenney Grant

[caption id="attachment_76818" align="alignright" width="288"] Tenney Grant, the new contemporary American Girl for 2017.[/caption] Tenney Grant makes her debut on Thursday, Feb. 16. Her story? She's a rising star in the Nashville music scene who finds the heart to be herself. The breakout songwriter comes to life via an 18-inch doll with long, curly blond hair and brown eyes. She comes with an outfit reflecting her artistic side and a book that tells her story. The Tenney collection includes several music-inspired outfits and accessories. A miniature version of an authentic Taylor GS Mini guitar can be strummed, and it plays three songs. Furthermore, there's also a two-sided stage and dressing room featuring more than 40 pieces, including an amp, microphone and working spotlights. Tenney's Nashville connection is made stronger by the inclusion of original music. American Girl worked with Nashville's Erika Wollam Nichols, CEO of The Bluebird Cafe, and artist manager/producer Denise Stiff to find singer-songwriters to pen tunes for Tenney's books, products and behind-the-scenes videos on American Girl's YouTube channel.

The First Boy Doll, Logan Everett

In conjunction with Tenney, American Girl launches its first-ever boy character. Logan Everett is a drummer who keeps the rhythm in Tenney's band. Logan's assortment includes an 18-inch doll with short brown hair, gray eyes and an original outfit. His drum set is also available.

Mark Your Calendars

Girls ages 8 and older can celebrate Tenney Grant at the American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria in Franklin on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event introduces girls to Tenney's true passions, songwriting and performing, and Nashville artist Marisa McKaye will lead girls in song and dance. In addition, Kellen Hertz, author of Tenney's books, will be on site as well for a meet and greet. Craft activities and giveaways are also on tap. Finally, each of the new dolls retails for $115, but you can win one of each. Therefore, pick up a copy of the March issue of Nashville Parent, Rutherford Parent, Sumner Parent or Williamson Parent so you can find out how to win the Tenney Grant/Logan Everett prize package for your child! Learn more about Tenney's world at americangirl.com/tenneyplay.