October, 2016 finds Tenille Arts at the edge of doing something she's always wanted to do - release music that's exactly how she envisioned it. "I could have put music out there on many occasions just to have something out. I always told myself to be patient until the complete package was ready. I wanted the songs, the production, and the timing to be right." That's exactly how she feels about her self-titled debut EP being released on 19th & Grand Records. A self-professed fan of Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood, Tenille has been influenced by all kinds of music including country, pop, and rock. When she was young, she was especially fond of the Dixie Chicks. "I grew up listening to real music played by real musicians, and I wanted to stay true to that when I started to record. I wanted it to have a timeless sound and feel organic, but fresh and new." Tenille's EP is a perfect mixture of sweetness and angst. Her songs are written with the youthful honesty of a confident, mature 22 year old. The songs are co-written with Nashville writers Adam Wheeler, Mark Narmore, Jason Massey, and Janelle Arthur. Her vocals shine as a beautiful blend of power, soul, and vulnerability. Award winning engineer and producer, Matt Rovey adds, "Tenille is one of the most natural, limitless singers I have ever worked with. Her ability to honestly convey the lyric and emotion of a song is stunning."
In a time where country tracks are often built from nearly all simulated instruments, this collection relies solely on live drums, percussion loops, and real stringed instruments. There is at times, a heavy lean on electric guitars for more energy. The satisfying sonic result is organic, commercial country with a "plugged in" edge. The lead track, "Wildfire and Whiskey" is a driving up-tempo about young love with a beautiful, catchy melody. "Bridges Burn" has a hint of Fleetwood Mac influence, and was a true to life, therapeutic write for Tenille about taking the high road after being hurt by someone. "What He's Into" has a fun, deep groove and is a lyrical turn around on the typical bro-country slant toward females. "I Can Do the Leavin'" is a beautiful, soaring ballad in which the singer is offering to be the one who says goodbye first, if that's what's best for a failing relationship. "Me and Don Henley" is a moody track that swirls around the story of a girl going through the painful process of healing by driving around listening to Henley tunes. The last track, "Dash Light", is a flirty rocker that begs to be cranked up and enjoyed on a windows down, summer drive.
Tenille's instinct to wait until the music and the timing were just right has paid off in a big way with the statement sound of her first EP. It debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart on iTunes Canada, and has already cracked the top 100 on the U.S. Country Albums chart.