Our 'EMERGING SIGNED ARTIST' for the month of June has had one of the biggest years that we've ever seen crossing nationwide airplay charts and gaining immense popularity in country music throughout Canada and the States. Tenille Arts is one of those special women that not only sparkles with natual beauty but her talent in singing and writing music is off the charts!
A vocalist and songwriter with one foot in country and the other in pop, she became a breakout artist in her native Canada before her star began to rise in a major way in the United States.Born and raised in the small Canadian prairie town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, 26 year old Tenille Arts’ dream of performing took root at the tender age of eight. A next door neighbor had overheard her singing a Shania Twain song in her back yard and encouraged her mom to help her pursue music.Soon Tenille 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. She briefly relocated to Nashville but after it originally didnt work out she came home to Canada to finish high school, write more songs, work on her performing skills, and gain some life experience.
After landing a publishing deal in 2015 with Noble Vision Music Group she ended moving back to Nashville which she describes as one of the best career moves she could have ever made. She fully immersed herself into the country music scene and started collaborating with new people every day. She admitted she needed that time to figure out her “sound,” and it looks like she was right. In the same year Tenille released a single, "Breathe," that benefitted Cystic Fibrosis charities, an important cause for her since she gave dance lessons to a young girl living with CF. The track became a Top Ten digital Country single in Canada, and in 2016, Arts dropped a six-song self-titled EP that topped the Canadian digital country charts and broke into the Country Top 100 in the United States.
That helped the Canadian Country Music Association recognize her 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. She then followed up in 2017 with winning 'Album Of The Year'.She was nominated for 'Interactive Artist of the Year' at the 2018 CCMA Awards and the recognition continued to gain momentum in her home province with winning 'Female Artist Of the Year' in 2018, 2019 and most recently for 2020 at the SCMA awards in Regina.
Tenille’s 2018 touring included dates with Reba McEntire, Scotty McCreery and a 17-date tour opening for hit singer/songwriter Dean Brody. As soon as the tour ended, she received news CMT included her in their “Ten Must-See Indies You Need to Know,” a video discovery program that spotlights rising independent artists and established artists signed to independent labels.
Tenille's popularity 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 song gained life on radio and streaming services and the following March Tenille signed a recording contract with Reviver Records in Nashville . Her first single for Reviver, "I Hate This," dropped in July 2018, and "Mad Crazy Love" followed in September 2018. A handful of 2019 singles preceded the January 2020 release of her second album 'Love, Heartbreak & Everything In Between'.
'I Call You Names' is a song she specifically wrote about the journey of the relationship with her mother. It talks about being a bit of rebellious teenager she hoped it was a good enough apology to her mom for all those teenage years.Her newest single 'Somebody Like That' has garnished the most airplay so far in her career and is currently #9 on the Canadian country Music Billboard charts. This song also got a serious push in airplay by being featured on the latest season of 'The Bachelor' making it her 3rd appearance on the reality show series.
She finally made her first Grand Ole Opry appearance on September 21st 2019. Stepping onto that iconic stage was dream come true for her and what made it even more memorable for her was that her parents and siblings made the trip from Saskatchewan for the wonderful evening, as did much of her extended family and friends.We were very blessed to have personally met her in March 2019 at Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville at a songwriter's round with Dean Brody. She absolutely captivated the audience each time it was her turn in the round. It is astonishing to see how far this young lady as come in a few short years and we know the future holds only good things for her and the promise of even more fabulous music for many years to come!
Nice? Yes, they are that, but perhaps a better word is fierce. And super talented! The four ladies who make up award-winning Calgary, Alberta all girl country band Nice Horse are wild, wildly entertaining, fun, fresh, feisty and, yes, fierce! They’ve quickly already established themselves as one of the most talked-about, most eye catching and fastest-rising acts in the Canadian country music industry.The band consists of Brandi Sidoryk, Krista Wodelet, Katie Rox, and Tara McLeod. Krista and bassist/vocalist Brandi both came from classical backgrounds with degrees in orchestral performance and vocal performance. Katie who is on acoustic guitar, banjo and vocals, established herself as a solo singer-songwriter and newcomer Tara McLeod, who joined the crew two years ago, has a musical background almost as eclectic as the entire band’s, backing up other artists such as Shawn Desman and Fefe Dobson.
Friends from very diverse musical backgrounds formed almost 5 years ago during an unforgettable girls’ trip to Hawaii. What began as a part-time project is now their full-time focus and has evolved into the first self-contained all-female country band in Canada. They all had other projects that they were serious about so this was supposed to be 'the fun band', just a way to hang out together and have a good time because they knew each other through the business. After spending time together writing they started to realize they has something incredibly special and it began to just roll out of control and the results in such a short time have been astonishing!
A live act to be reckoned with, Nice Horse have already shared the stage with amazing artists like High Valley, The Washboard Union, Paul Brandt, Tom Cochrane, Jess Moskaluke, Gord Bamford & the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. They’ve performed at such big-time country music festivals as Boots & Hearts Music Festival, Big Valley Jamboree and Dauphin's Countryfest, as well as showcasing during other high-profile events such as Rogers Hometown Hockey, Nashville's Americana Fest , JUNOfest, and during the Canadian Country Music Association’s Country Music Week.
Not surprisingly, the awards and accolades have followed, including a pair of Canadian Country Music Association nominations for 'Interactive Artist or Group of the Year' at the 2018 CCMA Awards, two 2019 Association of Country Music in Alberta Awards including 'Group of the Year', and a win for 'Country Recording of the Year' at the 2018 YYC Music Awards. Honorable mentions include placing second in the 2017 Project WILD competition hosted by Calgary radio station WILD 953 - Calgary's New Country. and being named an 'Emerging Canadian Artist to Watch For' by Canadian Beats magazine.
C To C Canadian Country Music Insider has had the privilege of seeing them perform 3 times so far, once during the 2018 CCMA Fan Village in Hamilton, an opening slot of Dan Davidson's CD release party in Toronto in 2019 and at a Songwriter's series for CCMA week in Calgary last September. Each time they brought a type of electric energy that transmitted right into their audiences.
in 2017 their full-length debut CD 'There Goes the Neighbourhood' was produced by CCMA and CMAO winning Jeff Diesel along with iconic Canadian producer Bob Rock. It yielded a pair of hot radio and video singles, including for the sassy femme-country 'Mansplainin' and the catchy-as-all-get-out single 'Pony Up'. Most recently Jeff Diesel has helped them produce their latest single 'Hot Mess'. The band is currently signed with Coalition Music records.
They're shared influences range from Miranda Lambert and the Dixie Chicks to The Cadillac Three and Brothers Osborne. They want to be taken seriously and respected for that music and their skills, and not the gender of the members although they say being an all female band is a source of pride for them.But at the end of the day they want to be a good band — not a good female band, but a 'good' band. And they are..and only getting better. And believe it or not, actually nicer! Proof of that can be found in the work they’ve done to support the charity Can Praxis that is close to their heart., It's a non-profit organization that, fittingly, uses horse therapy to work with veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD, and help them regain their family relationships.
What’s next for Nice Horse? They've agreed that they want to take over the world pointing to the fact that they’ve already taken their talents across the pond for packed houses during recent European tours. They see the huge potential in it so they want to chase it as far as it will go once this Covid 19 pandemic settles down.Nice Horse. Good luck trying to rein these wild women in! They're about to gallop into taking Canada by storm!!