"The songwriting is of a quality that the like of Ryan Adams and Jackson Browne would struggle to match. This is beautiful, heartfelt and honest music that is performed with a conviction and passion that is simply irresistible. Straight from the start you are in no doubt that you are listening to something very special."
Born in Lander, WY and raised in Oregon, Tyler Stenson is a bold, lyric-first singer/songwriter in Portland that draws a profound influence from his roots in the humble West. Raised a vocalist by his musical mother and a perfectionist by his father the architect, Stenson's unique brand of "Elegant Folk" music is the fitting result of his upbringing -- wildly creative but ever wrangled by his maniacal attention to detail and the desire to design things differently.
"As long as there has been a song, I've felt it in my bones. It was a gift from my dear mother and her father who passed on -- yes, a long line of the Music Makers and of Soldiers for the Muse."
As front man and songwriter for his former bands Lander and Rhetoric Tuesday, Stenson played the Northwest college circuit throughout the early 2000s with great success. However, often unfulfilled by the beer soaked bars and bent upon highlighting his poignant lyrics that were too often shadowed by noise, he soon put band-oriented rock-n-roll to rest and tackled the burgeoning Portland scene in 2007 as a solo artist -- it was the best decision he would ever make.
Now, twice named the "Songwriter of the Year" by the Portland Songwriters Association (2007 and 2008) and "Best Male Artist" at the 2011 Portland Music Awards, Stenson's authentic ways have been well received, as he's become one of the premiere singer/songwriters in the Northwest. In fact, having posted near-capacity numbers at some of Portland's finest venues including The Aladdin Theater, Mississippi Studios, The Alberta Rose Theatre, Doug Fir Lounge and Lola's Room at The Crystal Ballroom, he has since been invited to perform on OPB's Live Wire! Radio Show, has opened for LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, John Popper, Matisyahu, Fuel, Guster (and many others) and out of nearly 4,000 bands was recently hand-selected by Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) and Ryan Spaulding (rslblog) to perform at The Outlaw Roadshow showcase at SxSW 2013 in Austin, TX.
While Stenson has achieved much in the local trenches, he's also a contender on the national stage. With songs landed on two separate national Chevrolet commercials and a handful of others placed on Internationally televised shows, he's toured the four corners of America, as well as, spent nearly two years as a singer/songwriter in Nashville, learning from the best -- all the while touring and building.
Now back in Portland via Tennessee, Stenson continues to press forward with a broadened sense of self and an unshakable belief in his own abilities to plot his own path. A fearless recording artist, he just self-released his 10th album, Some Days I’m a Lion, on October 19, 2012 in front of a sold-out crowd at the legendary Aladdin Theater.
In an age where thoughtful lyric has taken a backseat to hyper production, Stenson has learned one thing through his decade of experiences and performances at notable venues such as the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles: Lyric is King -- Stenson's music is just that -- words paired with notes that sum up the human existence and endlessly inspire the train of followers that find a piece of themselves in the sincerity of his words.
"Don't whisper softly the things that you want loudly to be."