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Celebrating the ties that bind humanity together while also prizing the beauty of individuality, Teneia’s groove-heavy blend of Folk/Soul Rock ‘n Roll will leave your mind filled with inspiration and your heart filled with hope!
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Teneia currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She is an internationally-touring musician and songwriter, and has nine albums to her credit. She has won multiple awards, had her work featured in television and film, and shared the stage with various critically-acclaimed artists.
One of Teneia’s most prominent pieces, “Stand,” earned a placement in the HBO documentary, “Prom Night in Mississippi”, featuring Morgan Freeman. “Stand” embodies Teneia’s ability as an artist to address deeply rooted social issues fearlessly and confidently. Her true talent however, is how she strips down the audience, leaving their minds filled with reflection and their hearts filled with hope.
With a career spanning over a decade, Teneia has toured relentlessly throughout the years. Her most recent side project, Heart Society gained recognition through the Sixthman Cayamo music cruise alongside John Prine, Buddy Miller, The War and Treaty, Lee Ann Womack and many more. Heart Society was also selected to perform a three week long tour on the continent of Africa in April of 2019 by the US State Department organization, American Music Abroad. All while spreading a message of love and equality.
Teneia is a visionary with the heart to match. No matter what project she is a part of she always delivers a stellar performance. With folk-soul roots and infectious hooks she teeters on the edge of defining a new sound and genre.
“With the skill of a jazz singer and a warm, disarming stage presence, Teneia can make her voice do just about anything — charm you into a hypnotic trance, make your heart beat faster, or motivate you to get out of your chair and dance.” – David Accomazzo (Phoenix New Times)
“I get the feeling Teneia could breathe soul into just about anything.” – J.K. Oliver (EarCandy Mazagine)
“One of my favorite artists on CDBaby!” – Derek Sivers (founder, CDBaby.com)
“A cross between Ani DiFranco and Aretha Franklin…” – Herman Snell (Jackson Free Press)
“With her amazing voice, unique guitar rhythms and moving lyrics, it won’t be long before this up-and-coming artist will be known nationwide for her talent.” – Cherry Grrl
“Teneia Sanders is seducing the ears of people everywhere. One listen to her exploding vocal range, her beautiful melodic voice backed with her clever guitar playing, and you’ll be physically moved.” – Casey Parks (Jackson Free Press)