Canadian powerhouse singer/songwriter Tenna is a gifted artist based out of Toronto, Canada. She creates empowering music that discusses topics of emotionally abusive relationships, love, and social issues. Although some topics may be dark, Tenna provides a light at the end of the tunnel and bright imagery for her listeners. Her biggest inspiration is her father who she grew up listening to sing and play Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles’ songs on guitar, which influenced her poetic songwriting.
Laced with elements of electronic and R&B,Tenna’s newest single “Silver Storm” is a motivating lighthearted single. Tenna flawless blends genres to create her finely-calibrated sound. Powerful and inspiring, Tenna weaves through her emotive lyricism effortlessly. Her angelic voice provides a sense of home for the listener. A safe haven for the emotionally broken, “Silver Storm” exudes reassurance and a sense of serenity. “Silver Storm” gives off a feeling of invincibility and strength. Tenna is known for her female empowerment and meaningful messages within her music and “Silver Storm” is no exception. Tenna continuously delivers flawless vocals, pummeling lyricism, catchy riffs, and experimental sound arrangements. Allow yourself to escape to the hypnotizing vibrance of “Silver Storm” and stay on the lookout for Tenna’s new album!
Check out “Silver Storm” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
Hey Tenna! Welcome to BuzzMusic! When did you start writing music?
Hey Buzz! I started writing music when I was a little girl, but I really didn't start taking it seriously until about 4 or 5 years ago. That's when I really got into songwriting.
Who are you musical inspirations?
My biggest musical inspiration is my father. I grew up listening to him sing and play the guitar. He would play Neil Young, Bob Dylan and The Beatles'. I would say that a lot of my lyrical inspiration comes from those artists. I also grew up listening to a wide range of artists like Annie Lennox, Anita Baker, and the Dixie Chicks all thanks to my parents. I think that's where my sound really comes from. I'm not going to a lie though, a hint of my sound also comes from the Britney Spears obsession I had when I was younger.
Is there a specific event in your life that influenced your writing style?
I really think listening to Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Beatles really influenced my writing. Specifically the songs, "Golden Slumbers" by the Beatles as well as "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young. My dad would always sing these songs and eventually I started singing along. I also enjoy poetry quite a bit. My mom bought me a book of poems written by Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, which I really love reading. I really think my lyrics tell more of a story. I always start by writing poems and then later, I put a melody to them.
One of my favourite poems by Lorca translated to English:
But like love
Above the green night
leave traces of ardent
The keel of the moon
rips purple clouds
and the quivers
fill with dew.
Oh, but like love
Let’s talk about “Silver Storm”, what do you want the listener to take away from this single?
"Silver Storm" is about the peace you feel when you are in love. It is about how, no matter what external factors are present, there's that one person that can always make you feel grounded and bring you back down to earth. No matter what terrible things are happening, they can calm you down and restore your happiness. "Silver Storm" also refers to the silver lining in all of the chaos because you can always find good in the bad. I tend to see the good in people, a strength and a weakness. My whole life my mom always told me that I was a perfect mix of strong and sensitive so I am also referring to myself as a “silver storm”. This is what the song means to me, but I also wrote it so that people can listen and take what they want from it. I don’t believe lyrics should always be so explicit, rather up for interpretation.
What can we expect from your new album? Do you have a release date planned yet?
I’m really excited for everyone to hear my EP. There are four songs, each with their own story. One is about the difficulties of a long distance relationship, the other is about an emotionally hard/abusive relationship, and the last one is the one I am most excited for. My song, “Why Didn’t You?” is a song about the struggles of female sexual assault victims. It is about the issue of victim blaming and is written from the perspective of the victim. I believe that many people, not only women, will be able to identify with this song. I don’t have an exact release date planned, but it will most likely be around October/November.
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