- Hi Tenille, can you tell me a little about yourself before you became country musician?
I grew up dancing and singing! I started dance when I was 3 years old, and started voice lessons at age 8. I don’t really remember a time before music/performing was my life.
- How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in music?
I loved singing and being on stage. I tried a few different genres and I always connected more to country music. I grew up in Canada and I was always listening to the Dixie Chicks so I was heavily influenced by their music. At age 10 I learned a classic country song (Blue – LeAnn Rimes) and really enjoyed performing country music. A career in music has always been what I’ve wanted to do!
- Who are some of your musical icons?
My musical icons are Carrie Underwood, the Dixie Chicks, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves. I also love listening to The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Paul Simon.
- What is your favorite off your EP “Tenille Arts?”
I honestly love all of the songs on my EP! I’m a co-writer on all of them so I feel very connected to each song.
- Is there anything new coming up with your music for 2017?
I’m excited to be releasing my debut single, my first music video, and I’m going on a cross-Canada radio tour.
- If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
I would love to do a duet with Carrie Underwood because I think she’s amazing and she would really challenge me!
- What is one accomplishment that you are most proud of so far in your music career?
I’m most proud of my debut EP. It was #1 on the iTunes Canada Top Country Albums chart and even made it into the top 100 on the US Country Albums chart. I waited a long time to release music and I love how it turned out. I’m enjoying hearing the responses from fans!
- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years in your music career?
I see myself accomplishing a lot of things in the next 5-10 years. I’d love to go on a headlining world tour and perform for thousands of people every night.
- If you had to give advice to an up and coming country artist what would you tell them?
I would tell them to trust their gut feelings and work hard. It’s a tough journey but it’s a lot of fun! Make sure they are enjoying the experiences along the way.
- What is one of your favorite quotes?
My favorite quote is something I live by and say to myself very often. It’s simply “20 seconds of insane courage”. Anytime I need an extra boost of confidence, I say that to myself and do the things that scare me.