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ISC Music Video Finalist

March 26th, 2015

Last month, I announced that my music video for “This Too Shall Pass” had been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition music video category — well, now it has been officially upgraded to a Finalist! This honor means that the video (filmed and produced by Americonic Films) is amongst the top 2% of the 18,000 entries in the competition.

This is a huge honor, one that I do not take lightly. Thank you all for believing.

That said, the category winner will be selected by a panel of judges and the winner announced in late April. Although I have no control over this outcome, I DO have the chance to win the “People’s Voice” award by amassing the most votes from the public. Please help me make this happen …

• GO TO:
• Click the “Music Video” category
• Scroll down and vote for “This Too Shall Pass” (by Tyler Stenson)

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Thank you again … and enjoy the FINALIST video one more time :)

New 2015 Photo Shoot

March 22nd, 2015

This last weekend I did a fun fun photo shoot with Sara Hertel Photography and a TON of great photos came out of it. After much sifting and scrutinizing, through hundreds of photos, I have officially narrowed it down to a top 100 … but I need your help to get it to a manageable top 10!

Please view the album on my Facebook Music Page below and be sure to comment on your most (and least) favorite, so that we can identify the clear favorites.

THANKS and enjoy!

Tomorrow at Alberta Street Pub

March 20th, 2015

TOMORROW at Alberta Street Pub, I am excited to take stage with my band for the first time in 2015! As you know, I’ve taken a few months off to enjoy my wedding and honeymoon to the fullest and although I’ve played a few solo shows since the new year, it’ll feel good to have the band with me.

Tyler Stenson + The Elegant Folk
Alberta Street Pub (1036 NE Alberta St, Portland)
Saturday March 21st @ 8pm
w/ Samsel and the Skirt
$7 | 21+

Tyler Stenson at Alberta Street Pub

Aside from my band (The Elegant Folk), we are co-headlining with Samsel and the Skirt … one of my favorite bands in Portland (and some of my favorite people in the world). It’ll be a great night of live local music so be there and be not square!

ISC 2014 Semi-Finalists Announced

March 5th, 2015

Every year, I optimistically enter the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and never advance beyond my initial application. This year, they just announced the semi-finalists (top 10% of 18,000 entrants) and I’m proud and honored to say I am an official semi-finalist for, not one, but three different songs!

• Best Music Video: “This Too Shall Pass”
• Best Music Video: “Ramblin’ Kind”
• Best Americana Song: “That I’ll Know You”

This means my songs will be presented to a panel of celebrity judges over the next few weeks and winners will be announced in April. No votes, just merit. So, fingers crossed!

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And So It Is

December 23rd, 2014

I wish I could say different but Guitar Center officially announced their Top 5 finalists for the Singer-Songwriter 4 contest with Don Was and Colbie Caillat … and I was not included this time around. Congrats to those that were.

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I won’t bore you with the storm in my head and in my heart but I will offer up a huge, giant, endless THANK YOU for bearing with me throughout and helping me make the best case possible. It was a lot to expect a repeat invitation but my, what a strong statement we made — out of over 14,000 entrants, YOU helped me accumulate the 2nd most votes overall and I’m humbled by that support. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And so it is.

Happy Holidays to you and a prosperous 2015.

A December to Remember

December 20th, 2014

A wise person once said, “if you can’t beat them, join them” — a small but valuable bit of advice I’ve learned to follow across the last few Decembers. With a million holiday parties occupying each weekend of this time of year, it was becoming a progressively tougher battle to draw people out of their warm and cozy homes and bring them to my shows.

So I’ve simply started bringing my shows to the people.

Though rarely viewable by the public, this December, I got to play a ton of wonderful events. From the comfort of other people’s living rooms, office holiday parties, charitable events and varied personal gatherings — Portland, Seattle and many suburbs in between — it was a great month of performances and perhaps most importantly, never a battle.

Interested in hosting a living room concert of your own? Look me up!

Just played another fantastic company holiday party … this time at the Hilton downtown. Very, very festive!

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Thank you Seattle Christmas party people … it was fun … but now the long trek home.

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December 2014 Newsletter

December 5th, 2014

Whether you know it or not, I religiously send out a newsletter each month. Here is the December 2014 newsletter, in all its glory. Enjoy!


Tyler Stenson December 2014 Newsletter

New Holiday Gift Packs

December 4th, 2014

Perfect for stocking stuffers, white elephant parties or your office gift exchange, these 2-disc gift packs pair the sweetly intimate acoustic sounds of Bittersweet Parade with the upbeat production of Some Days I’m a Lion, giving your lucky individual a soundtrack for any day.

● Bittersweet Parade (2010 LP)
● Some Days I’m a Lion (2012 LP)
● Both CDs autographed by Tyler Stenson

Tyler Stenson Holiday Gift Pack

Guitar Center Contest is Over

November 10th, 2014

After 69 days of squeaky-wheeling and whip-cracking, I’m glad to say that the voting portion of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 4 with Don Was is finally over! I’m also glad to say that out of 15,000+ total entrants, I finished second place overall — and I owe it all to you.

Thank you for believing in me.

The next step is a waiting period, as the judges confer and pick a top-5, based on other merits (not just votes). Last year, the Top Finalists were announced on Christmas Eve so, if history is any guide, we have to wait a while before hearing the final results.

Patience engaged. Fingers crossed.

Tyler Stenson - Guitar Center SingerSongwriter 4

One Week til The Old Church

November 7th, 2014

In just one week, I’ll be performing with my full band at a beautiful new venue in SW Portland — The Historic Old Church. Within the walls of an unparalleled setting, I’ll be debuting new songs and playing some old faithfuls so grab the entire family and join me for this must-see Fall event. Details and ticket links below!

Tyler Stenson + Krista Herring
11/14 @ The Old Church, Portland
• All ages welcome
• Doors at 7pm
• $10


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