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 peak at #1 on the iTunes Canada Top Country Album Chart and crack 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 AllGenres Chart and reached #17 in the United States. Tenille caught the attention of entertainment site PopCulture.com, who named her one of their 2018 Artists to Watch.
Tenille’s hauntingly mysterious song “Cold Feet” help grow her fan base with a popular music video that reached #1 on the CMT 12 Pack Countdown. The song also received much critical acclaim including a feature by Tom Roland in Billboard Country – rare for an independent release.
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 and Michael Tyler.
Immediately after signing her deal, Reviver released her “I Hate This” single. The groundbreaking music video was partially shot in a set that could rotate 360 degrees. As the cameras rolled, so did the set…and Tenille. The clip premiered on CMT and continues to receive airplay nationwide.
In May of 2018, Tenille took home all five of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards for which she was nominated. Her name was called time after time, as she was honored with “Female Artist of the Year,” “Songwriter of the Year,” “Album or EP of the Year” for Rebel Child, “Video of the Year” for “Cold Feet” and “Single of the Year” for “What He’s Into.”
As fall approached, The Bachelor producers invited Tenille to Los Angeles to film her second appearance singing an original song on the show. The episode is set to air January 21, 2019.
Rolling Stone named Tenille one of their “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” in September, calling her “An edgy, Fearless-era Taylor Swift with crystalline vocals; ideal for hopeless romantics who are fire signs.” The feature went on to say: “‘I Hate This’ addresses the helplessness that comes with any broken relationship, with Arts’ voice drifting and lilting over a Dobro riff.”
Tenille’s 2018 touring included dates with Reba McEntire, Scotty McCreey, and Maddie & Tae, and she wrapped up 2018 with a 14-city, 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. Add to that over seven million combined streams on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and others and a #1 single on Radio Disney’s Country Top 50 chart, and 2019 looks to be an incredible year for Tenille Arts.
And the answer to her most commonly asked question is yes, Arts is her real last name!