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Online Concert Number 2

April 21st, 2014

Because my first StageIt show was such a success, I’ve scheduled a second show for next Sunday (5/04/14)! If you’re new to this concept, this is a really cool event that allows you to attend my concert from the comfort of your living room — as I’m playing live in mine — where we can interact, chat, Q&A, etc. Very intimate, despite the distance.

Only 25 tickets available in total.
● Pay what you want.
● Request songs, chat, win prizes, etc.
● Learn how to get tickets below!

Tyler Stenson on StageIt

● Go to
● Click SIGNUP to set up an account.
● Click the GET TICKET button.
● You will then have an opportunity to purchase credits (which Stageit calls “Notes” ; 10 Notes = $1.00).
Notes allow you to pay for tickets and to leave a tip during the show.
● This show is “Pay What You Can,” which means you can pay whatever you can afford (minimum 1 Note).

Get the App

April 16th, 2014

If you’ve been following my career, you know that I’ve been working with for many years now. Despite being the biggest radio station in Portland (for my genre), they’ve been rather gracious to me over the years by including me on many of their local music samplers, having me on the morning show to talk about my contest victories, featuring my songs in rotation and countless event sponsorships. That said, it’s time to give back!

In partnership with Clip Interactive, has recently released a App that you absolutely need to download. Not only does it put fantastic music in your ears but the “Clip” function allows you to effortlessly enter contests, win tickets to concerts and so much more. Interactive radio at its finest!


Clip - App


Of course, if you already have the app, just keep listening and “Clipping” away, however, IF you don’t have the app yet, get it. You can download it here:

Thanks to and Clip for all you’ve done for me over the years. Cheers!

In NorCal this Week

April 7th, 2014

There are three big shows this week in Chico, Redding and Portland, along side my friend Jeff Campbell !! If you live in the area(s) or simply know others that do, please do us a solid and help spread the word. REALLY looking forward to these. See you there !!


Weds 4/09 in CHICO, CA:
@ 1078 Gallery
w/ Jeff Campbell and Kyle Williams @ 7:30p

Thurs 4/10 in REDDING, CA:
@ Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant
w/ Jeff Campbell @ 8pm

Fri 4/11 in PORTLAND, OR:
@ The Analog Cafe (downstairs in Potato Lounge)
w/ Jeff Campbell @ 7pm

Tyler Stenson in Northern California

4 Bar Friday

March 28th, 2014

Having been raised in Portland, in the thick of the Rip City era, the Portland Trailblazers are my hometown NBA team that I would quite literally bleed for. Making the team extra special this year is our sophomore sensation, Damian Lillard, and his ice cold way on the court. However, making this guy extra special is the fact that, OFF THE COURT, he has created #4BarFriday — a social media sensation that has wordsmiths from around the nation sounding off in four-bar chunks of rhyme.

Well, as a fanatical wordsmith AND Trailblazer fan, I’ve decided it’s only fitting that I get involved. That said, below you’ll find my running stream of weekly #4BarFriday posts — there’s only a couple right now but I plan to add one each week, so check back often (and much).

WEEK 1: What might have been can yet still be …

WEEK 2: Don’t whisper softly the things you want loudly to be …

WEEK 3: Clover I’ll be lucky to find you.

WEEK 4: Look there, see that gleam? It’s the sun, and your eyes the beam.

My First StageIt Show RECAP

March 27th, 2014

Last night was a refreshing first — my first worldwide StageIt concert (online). Although I performed a 50-min concert from the comfort of my own living room, 25 guests from Alaska, New Jersey, Canada, U.K., Los Angeles, Utah, Houston, Connecticut and MANY other places across the land, watched it live from their home computers; chatting, asking questions, submitting requests and even winning prizes along the way.

I wasn’t sure how it was going to go but, when it ended, I knew it was a success.


Tyler Stenson on StageIt

Admission to the online concert was a “pay what you can” format, meaning, people were able to participate for as little as ten cents. However, as you can see in the results below, fans were able to tip across the hour (with both money and/or interaction) and win some really cool prizes as a result.

#1 TOP SUPPORTER: CTWassmuth w/ 1500+ notes ($150)
Had her request granted, plus the prize below!

All won a hand-written ‘thank you’ note and download card!

jhakala – 550 notes ($55)
Regime_Ent – 500 notes ($50)
burystone – 301 notes ($30)
Natalie_Vandehey – 200 notes ($20)
stephd223 – 200 notes ($20)

Won a t-shirt and signed CD of her choosing!

Q: “If you had 5 mins of the world’s attention. Which of your songs would you choose to play? and why?”

A: As the Crow Flies. Because I am a proud lyric-first artist but recognize that the world needs a hook to latch onto, I believe this song is the best of both worlds. In just 5 minutes it would display some of my most poetic and poignant lines but also offer a hook that would snare attention. It’s a song that means the world to me but it’s not so introspective that it would exclude others from relating to it. Again, the best of both worlds.

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA MENTION: Grainne Aitken (@artandsoulcan)
Won a t-shirt, signed CD of their choosing and social shout out!

In the end, it was a sold-out show and I got to connect with people that I wouldn’t have been able to connect with otherwise — they even connected with each other, as fellow Elegant Folk. I can’t wait to do this again on Sunday April 27th @ NOON.

Tyler Stenson on StageIt

Shout Out on Live @ 7 : Talk Box

March 25th, 2014

Ten-too-many times in my career, I’ve scraped, begged, stolen and borrowed in order to get press of any variety — that’s why I was so elated when I was recently sent this video below. To my complete surprise, I was just given a very nice shout out by my friends at the Portland Radio Project, on KGW’s Live @ 7 segment, in connection to the George Jones tribute album that I recently contributed to. The kind words start flowing near the 2:40 mark, check it out!

They say any press is good press … but, I have to admit, it’s especially sweet when it’s unexpected and unsolicited. Thanks again to the Portland Radio Project (PRP) for the shout out and to the guys at The Deer Lodge for including me on the George Jones Tribute album. You. All. Rock.

Next Portland Show: April 11

March 19th, 2014

I will be pairing up with last year’s Guitar Center ‘Songwriter Search’ winner, Jeff Campbell, to bring you an awesome evening of acoustic songs, storytelling and likely some laughs. Jeff is from San Francisco so I hope you’ll take this opportunity to come see him play while he’s in town and, of course, show him some sunny Portland love!

Friday, April 11th, 2014
@ Analog Theatre – Portland Potato Lounge
720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR
Doors 6:30, Show 7:00

You can learn more about Jeff and sample his music here OR come see us playing live at either of the two Chico / Redding CA shows listed below!

Tyler Stenson and Jeff Campbell


Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
@ 1078 Gallery
738 W. 5th St. Chico, CA

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
@ Vintage
1790 Market St Redding, CA

My First StageIt Show

March 5th, 2014

Hello World, if you’ve been wanting to see my live show but I haven’t gotten around to your part of the world just yet, I’m proud to be hosting my first StageIt show, a live and interactive online concert from my living room to yours !!

WEDS MARCH 26th @ 6pm (PST):
● Only 21 tickets available.
● Pay what you want.
● Request songs, chat, win prizes, etc.

Tyler Stenson StageIt Show

● Go to
● Click SIGNUP to set up an account and then click the GET TICKET button.
● You will then have an opportunity to purchase credits (which Stageit calls “Notes” ; 10 Notes = $1.00). Notes allow you to pay for tickets and to leave a tip during the show.
● This show is “Pay What You Can,” which means you can pay whatever you can afford (minimum 1 Note). Once you have Notes, they can be used for any show!

See you on the stage!

Guitar Center Contest Recap

March 3rd, 2014

Just days after participating in Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter Search III with Don Was, I’m left experiencing a range of emotions that I can’t yet classify. It’s a lot of pride, a lot of disappointment, a lot of gratitude and a lot of, for lack of a better term, aimlessness.

I know it’s all good — I’m simply licking some personal wounds while simultaneously celebrating some personal victories — but hell, let’s dwell on the victories.

• Being in the Top 10 means I was hand-selected by Don Was out of 10,000 artists.
• I got a hundred-and-one new toys from Guitar Center.
• I met nine fine fellow songwriters who are all great people and talents and hard workers.
• My song choice, As the Crow Flies, was extremely well received. Pin-drop silence.
• I have zero regrets. There is absolutely nothing I feel I could have done better.
• Despite losing, Don Was found me in the crowd and said many kind things, including:

“The last time I witnessed someone with your kind of presence and voice, that leaped out beyond the speakers and pulled me in, was when I worked with Garth Brooks. You have it man.”

Don Was and Tyler Stenson

The day of the contest was a long one. Us contestants arrived at the venue (The Hotel Cafe) at noon and lived the “hurry up and wait” kind of existence — a lot of standing around, battling nerves and waiting for our next set of instructions. When the time came, we were called in to do sound check and personal interviews; discussing who we were, how music makes us feel, our personal experience within the contest, etc.

Thankfully, nerves calmed a bit after this.

Then, after much waiting, a kind of hush fell across the venue as Don Was, the man himself, walked in. With that, the Top 10 Finalists were all corralled into a small room, where he eventually walked in and greeted us as a group, explained his selection process, offered his respects and imparted some valuable knowledge. He has a Zen about him and although the temperature in the room was up ten degrees from normal, we collectively left with an ease.

Thankfully, nerves calmed completely after this.

I won’t speak to the other performances, however, when my time came to take stage, as the eighth contestant of the night, I was ready to burst. I started with a small joke to break the ice but then comfortably settled into a story of how As the Crow Flies came to be. Then, after setting the stage, it was time. I took it easy. I welcomed the silence. I connected with the audience. I delivered a worthy version. I blushed at the response.

There is a quick picture from my soundcheck below but do stay tuned for a fully edited video of my interview, introduction, performance, etc. What a night!

Tyler Stenson Guitar Center Top 10 Songwriter

In the end, I spent months eating and breathing this contest so now that it’s over, like I said above, I’m left feeling a bit aimless (a rare feeling for a goal-oriented guy like me).

Do not get me wrong, I am certainly proud of this Top-10 accomplishment and the value of the experience but, because I haven’t really planned anything beyond this weekend, in an effort to stay flexible if the door were to open, it’s time to regroup and watch my new path illuminate before me.

Thank you Guitar Center, Don Was, Jake Cheung, my fellow contestants and you lovely Elegant Folk for the priceless ride. Maybe next year.

Guitar Center Songwriter Finals

February 19th, 2014

I’m not sure January ever existed and February seems to be flying by faster than my eyes can process — the pickle here is that my life could change on March 1st. Really, it could.

On that particular Saturday, I’ll be competing live in the Top 10 Grand Finals of Guitar Center’s Songwriter Search 3 with Don Was — 10,000 contestants entered but I’ve been invited into the final fold, to sing one more song for all the marbles. Check out the poster below and please keep me in your thoughts, prayers, meditations and finger crossings.

PS. It is my understanding that I’ll know the results that same night … heavy!

Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 3 Finals