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Tenille Arts

Tenille Arts

A vocalist and songwriter with one foot in country and the other in pop, Tenille Arts became a breakout artist in her native Canada before her star began to rise in a major way in the United States. Originally from Saskatchewan, Arts was just 13 when she began singing her own songs, and was a seasoned pro at 21 when she released her first single. Arts' clear, evocative voice, atmospheric melodies, and knack for capturing the ups and downs of romantic relationships helped her make an impression with her self-titled 2016 EP (which included the tracks "What's He Into" and "Wildfire and Whiskey") and the 2017 album Rebel Child (featuring "Cold Feet"). But the plaintive "Moment of Weakness" helped her find a larger audience in America when the song was featured on a popular reality show, winning her a record deal that resulted in 2020's Love, Heartbreak & Everything in Between and 2021's Juno-nominated Girl to Girl. "Jealous of Myself," her first single for the Dreamcatcher Artists label, arrived in 2023.

Tenille Arts was born on April 19, 1994, in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. She grew up listening to country music, and when she was eight years old, a neighbor heard Tenille singing a Shania Twain song in her backyard and told her mother she believed the youngster had talent. Soon Arts was taking lessons in piano and voice, and when she was 13 she started writing her own songs. It wasn't long before she was performing at showcases and talent competitions in Canada, and in 2009, she posted a video online of her performing an acoustic version of Taylor Swift's "Fifteen." The clip was seen by a music manager in Nashville, and he made an offer to represent her. Arts briefly relocated to Nashville, but she came home to Canada to finish high school, write more songs, work on her performing skills, and gain some life experience.

In 2015, Arts had made a name for herself as a songwriter and was working with other tunesmiths in Nashville, and Noble Vision Music Group in the Music City offered to sign her to a publishing contract. This time she accepted the offer and moved to Nashville as she introduced herself to the most important country music community in America. 2015 saw Arts release a single, "Breathe," that benefitted cystic fibrosis charities, an important cause for her ever since she gave dance lessons to a young girl living with CF; the track became a Top Ten digital country single in Canada. In 2016, she issued a six-song self-titled EP that topped the Canadian digital country charts and broke into the Country Top 100 in the United States.

The Canadian Country Music Association recognized Arts' growing success with a 2016 nomination for their Discovery Artist Award, while the Saskatchewan Country Music Association presented her with the Emerging Artist Award that same year, along with the Album of the Year prize for her EP. October 2017 saw the release of Arts' first full-length album, Rebel Child; featuring the successful single "Cold Feet," the set rose to number two on the digital country sales charts in Canada, and peaked at number 17 in the United States.

Arts' profile in America received a big boost in January 2018 when she appeared on the reality dating series The Bachelor, singing her song "Moment of Weakness." Suddenly the track gained new life on radio and streaming services, and the following March, Arts signed a recording contract with Reviver Records. Her first single for the label, "I Hate This," appeared in July 2018, and "Mad Crazy Love" followed in September 2018. A handful of 2019 singles, including the hit "Somebody Like That," preceded the January 2020 release of her second album, Love, Heartbreak & Everything in Between. Working quickly, Arts returned in 2021 with the single "Give It to Me Straight" and "Over You Is You," the latter a duet with Matt Stell. Both songs appeared on her third album, Girl to Girl, which arrived in October 2021 and earned a Juno nomination for Country Album of the Year. The following year, Arts signed with the Dreamcatcher Artists label and in 2023 released the single "Jealous of Myself. ~ Mark Deming

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