Born and raised in the small Canadian prairie town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Tenille Arts’ dream of performing took root at the tender age of eight. A neighbor overheard her singing a Shania Twain song in her back yard and encouraged her mom to help her pursue music.
After years of honing her craft and touring across Canada, Tenille began making the long trip to Nashville to advance her songwriting skills. Her determination and talent led to steadily increasing successes, as she earned a publishing deal in Nashville. Her 2016 self-titled debut EP peaked at #1 on the iTunes Canada Top Country Album Chart and cracked the Top 100 on the U.S. iTunes Country Album Chart. Arts released her full-length album Rebel Child in October 2017, having written 10 of the 11 songs. It debuted at #2 on the iTunes Canada Top Country Album Chart, #12 on the All-Genres Chart and reached #17 in the United States.
She made her national television debut on January 29, 2018 performing her original song “Moment of Weakness” for millions of viewers on the hit ABC show The Bachelor. The song debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes U.S. Top Country Songs Chart. Six weeks later, Tenille’s accomplishments were rewarded in a huge way, as she signed a recording deal with Reviver Records – home to David Lee Murphy, Big & Rich and Thompson Square.
Tenille appeared on The Bachelor a second time singing “I Hate This” on January 21, 2019. The impact on her career was immediate, as the single hit #1 on both the US and Canadian iTunes Country Charts and #9 US iTunes all- genre.
Tenille has performed at the historic Grand Ole Opry, appeared on The Bachelor an unprecedented third time, and was even named one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” by Rolling Stone who called her “An edgy, Fearless-era Taylor Swift with crystalline vocals; ideal for hopeless romantics who are fire signs.”
In a world of dreams, Tenille Arts has seen more come true in the last couple of years than even she could have imagined, and the latest of which is the release of her new full-length album. Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Between is a collection of 12 songs that takes the listener on an emotional journey with a glimpse into dreams that have come true, sacrifices made along the way and...well... everything in between.
PRS: You’ve been playing your PRS SE Angelus model for quite some time. How did you stumble upon this guitar?
TA: I was in Guitar Center in Nashville looking for a new guitar to take on the road, and I started playing one of the PRS SE Angelus guitars and it felt perfect for me. I went home and did some research on the PRS Acoustic guitars, and I was blown away by how much detail went into them. I immediately ordered my black Angelus!
PRS: How long have you had your Angelus, and do you use it for writing as well as performing?
TA: I’ve had my black Angelus guitar for 3 years now! I use it for everything. That guitar has been with me on the road since the beginning of my radio tour, and I wrote so many of the songs on my new album with that guitar. I also used it for my Grand Ole Opry debut, and my performance of the Canadian National Anthem at the NBA All Star game!
PRS: You customized another one of your SE acoustics with a veneer of individual crystals, and it looks great. What was the inspiration for that project and how long did it take?
TA: I’ve seen a few customized guitars and had a vision to do a new guitar to go along with my new album, Love, Heartbreak, and Everything in Between! The new album artwork has a lot of pink, so I wanted to work on a guitar for my upcoming tour dates. The project took over 20 hours, and I used thousands of individual Swarovski crystals. It turned out AMAZING! I knew I wanted this guitar to have the same feel and sound as my other acoustic guitar, so that’s why I chose another SE acoustic!
PRS: Last year you made your debut at The Grand Ole Opry and have since returned to perform a second time. What other major milestones are you looking forward to in the future?
TA: One of my biggest dreams is to have a number 1 song at Country radio, but I’m also really looking forward to getting on a major tour! It’s always been a dream of mine to go out and do the same show every night with really creative and fun production!
A lot of major festivals and performances that I had scheduled got cancelled and postponed, but I’m still hopeful that I will be on the road soon, and I can’t wait to meet all of the new fans and friends that I’ve met on social media over the last year!
PRS: You’ve also recently made several appearances on network television, including The Today Show and The Bachelor. How does playing in a television studio differ from a normal stage?
TA: Television is so exciting but also a little nerve racking! Especially if it’s live. Television performances are different than normal shows because the focus is usually on one song! You can be really creative and make that one song really special. I can’t wait to do another television performance!
PRS: What artists and albums are you currently listening to in your down time?
TA: I’ve been listening to a ton of new music, and throwing it back to older albums that I love! A few of those artists are The Dixie Chicks, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Ingrid Andress, Lennon Stella, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Camila Cabello!