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Tune In Tonight on PRP

April 8th, 2015

I will be appearing live on Portland Radio Project TONIGHT as promotion for my upcoming show at The Alberta Rose Theatre (4/12). I’ll be talking music, playing some some songs and, what I’m most excited for, they’ll be playing a list of songs that influenced me and my music growing up … a self-curated list of some definite classics!

Tyler Stenson on Portland Radio Project
Wednesday April 8th @ 8pm
w/ Special Guest Samsel and the Skirt

Tyler Stenson on Portland Radio Project

WA, ID and UT Dates Announced

April 3rd, 2015

I’m excited to announce that a very cool opportunity to play in Pullman, WA (for my first time ever) just fell into my lap! I figured, while I’m at it, I might as well dip into Boise and Salt Lake City for a couple shows — a Western Weekend, if you will.

That said, the final venues are still being negotiated but the dates are set in stone. Please, do me a favor, SAVE THE DATES, spread the word and stay tuned for details!

5/21 - PULLMAN, WA
5/22 - BOISE, ID

Tyler Stenson Tour

All Ages Show Sunday 4/12

March 31st, 2015

I’m happy to say I’ll be playing my favorite kind of show in less than 2 weeks — all ages, early start and full band — what more could I ask for? Yes, I’m pairing up with one of my favorite bands in Portland (Samsel and the Skirt) at one of my favorite venues in Portland, so be sure to spread the word and join me for this lovely affair!

Tyler Stenson + Band
@ The Alberta Rose Theatre
Sunday April 12th
Doors at 5pm | Music at 6pm | Home by 8pm
ALL AGES welcome with guardian

2015 Artist One Sheet

March 27th, 2015

With my new photos, I decided it was time to update my artist one sheet — a concise document that offers booking agents and promoters a quick snapshot of who I am and what I do. Of course, I plan on fully refreshing my brand in the very near future, however, until then, here’s a peak at my 2015 artist one sheet (as it stands for now).

Tyler Stenson One Sheet 2015

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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