Tenise Marie

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Tenise Marie

What’s been happening recently?

I just released my debut single “10 Out of 10”. I have been extremely fortunate to spend a lot of my time creating and collaborating with other artists on exciting upcoming projects.

How has you Covid experience been so far and how has it affected how you create?

So far, my COVID experience has been a complex and fascinating process. Initially, I was entirely unnerved by the lockdown. Pre-pandemic, it had never occurred to me how much of my work and lifestyle in general revolved around the gathering of people. This April was a time of deep reflection and re-evaluation. I took the opportunity to be honest with myself and take stock of which activities I was sad to miss, versus which activities I was relieved to be excused from. I have had to let go of a lot of stressors and instead focus on things which are in my control. I have been inspired by artists and arts organizations who have taken on trail blazing roles to transition musical opportunities into online/ COVID friendly experiences. Every day, I challenge myself and choose to think about what I can do rather than what I cannot do. 

How does living in Argenta, BC affect your creative process?

Living in a remote mountain paradise is a big part of my story. I was raised to respect the environment and appreciate spending time in nature. Many of my melodic and lyrical ideas are revealed to me whilst walking forest trails or swimming in Kootenay Lake. I have always valued  how much the space, quiet, and freedom of my surroundings have contributed to my creative process. 

How did you first start playing music?

Singing has always felt like the most natural way of expressing myself. When I was fourteen, my dad bought me my first guitar and I started teaching myself chords; I was inspired by the fantasy of being musically independent and accompanying myself with a travel friendly instrument. 

What instruments do you play?


How do you usually go about writing and recording music?

I use acoustic guitar and my voice as the main tools in my writing process, improvising until I land on something that resonates. Typically, first come the chords and melodies, then I begin negotiating the lyrics. When I record, I like to start with acoustic guitar and vocals as the bones of the song. I’ll listen back and sing along to discover ideas for instrumentation and parts. Sometimes it’s fast, and other times it takes longer, but sooner or later the arrangement takes form through trial, error, and experimentation.

Please tell us about any current music and or music that you have on the way:

My new single “10 Out of 10” is freshly released! This has been an incredibly inspiring season for me. I can barely keep up with all the songs I have been writing and reviving. There is so much music to come and I am so excited to share it.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

If the World allows, in 5 years, I see myself touring internationally, perpetually writing songs, and collaborating with some of my favourite musicians. 

How are you dealing with no live shows?

I do find it difficult. Despite all the incredible efforts to present performances virtually, I really miss connecting with audiences in person. There is no substitute for the magic of live music. One thing I have learned is I will never take an audience for granted ever again! 

What will you do once all the Covid restrictions are lifted?

Travel and tour internationally!

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Lukas Nelson, Lianne La Havas, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, William Prince, Ruby Waters, & Khruangbin

What do you like to do away from music?

I love travelling, meeting new people, seeing new things, hiking, and spending quality time with friends. 

Who or what influences your sound and style?

Joni Mitchell has been the single-most influential artist on my singing, playing, and songwriting. My sound and style is a culmination of the folk music of my childhood, my choral background/ affinity for vocal harmony, and elements of jazz music from my college education.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?

So far on the agenda for 2020/ 2021: a handful of intimate and socially distanced concerts/ livestreams, and as much audio and video recording as possible!

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I could talk about food all day; it’s impossible to choose just one favourite! My list includes spanakopita, quinoa salad, traditional thin crust margherita pizza, and tacos! I like to hang out at a secret beach or a trail with a view.

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