Last month, I announced being a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (for three different songs) but now, I'm proud to say, I am an official finalist. Yes, my music video for "This Too Shall Pass" is amongst the top 2% of 18,000 entrants and judges will announce a final winner in May.
Although I have entered the International Songwriting Competition each year, for the 1st time ever, I'm honored to say I was just announced as a semi-finalist (top 10% of 18,000 entrants) for three DIFFERENT songs: This Too Shall Pass (music video), Ramblin Kind (music video) and That I'll Know You (Americana).
The committe will continue to review all semi-finalsts and announce official finalists in early April. Stay tuned!
After being invited to last year's Top 10 Finals, I decided to try once more for Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter 4 with Don Was and Colbie Caillat -- I guess I was too close to call it quits on this dream.
That said, I'm proud to say that YOU helped me finish #2 (of 15,000) in this year's voting ... now we wait for the verdict!
I've been invited to open for Grammy-winning singer & songwriter, Marc Cohn, at the Aladdin Theater, my absolute favorite place to perform in all of Portland. I highly respect this man's songwriting so it's a huge honor to be invited to contribute to this evening.
Just days after participating in the Top 10 Final for Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter Search III with Don Was, I regret to report that I was not selected as the grand winner -- you win some. While this has my spirits crawling closer to the floor than the ceiling, I can take pride in the fact that I have zero regrets (song choice, performance, etc) and oh, Mr. Was himself pulled me aside and offered up this kind bit:
"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 one Garth Brooks. You have it man."
I am proud to say that I was just announced as an official Top 10 Finalist in Guitar Center's Search for the Next Great American Songwriter contest with Don Was. Out of 10,000 artists, I've been hand-selected by the legendary producer himself, to take part in a live "Top 10" competition on March 1st in Los Angeles so please, wish me luck!
This last weekend, I'm proud to say I was invited to open for LeAnn Rimes at The Oregon Zoo (Portland, OR). Adding to the list of notable acts that I've had the honor to share the stage with, this particular show was perhaps the best of the best. The crowd was all kinds of warm and LeAnn and her crew were extremely gracious. Read the full concert recap.
I just returned from a week at the SxSW Music Festival in Austin TX and man, what a week it was! I played 7 shows, got to meet and sing with my idol Adam Duritz (Counting Crows), I played The Outlaw Roadshow and I landed a few new sponsorships that I'll be announcing in the very near future. Read all about it!
Out of 3,594 band submissions, I am proud to say that my fans voted me into the top-10 to perform at The Outlaw Roadshow at SxSW! Even cooler, once in the top-10, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows (my all-time biggest musical influence) and Ryan Spaulding (of rslblog) hand-selected me to perform on the mainstage of the flagship event. Read all about it here.
In partnership with Americonic Films, I am proud to announce the release of the official music video for This Too Shall Pass. I'll admit, it was one very long, very cold day of shooting but, as you can see, it was well worth the battle. Thank you Glenn and Steven of Americonic Films for your visoin and passion and thanks to all of those that accept this video for the human project that it is. Enjoy. Like. Comment.
Fresh back from my shows at The Sundance Film Festival, I'm proud to report that it went better than expected! In addition to my headline performance at the Montage Deer Valley resort, I was able to open for Matisyahu, John Popper, Guster, Fuel and others!
In all, this was a really greaet life experience, all around, that I will never ever forget.
A little surprise recently fell into my lap -- without me even knowing, my 'ol original song That Moon was featured on an episode of Hart of Dixie. Amazingly, I only found out when a fan on Facebook sent me a “congratulations” after having streamed the episode on Netflix. Clerical error. Better late than never!!
Hart of Dixie, Season 1, Episode 11, "Hell's Belles"
I’m proud to say that the remix of my song Big Hearts was featured in the closing montage of Flashpoint. This "viby" new version was remixed (up in Canada) by the very talented Jay Stewart and can be downloaded for free on Noisetrade. Oh, and watch for it on Netflix in the not-so-distant future!!
BIG HEARTS (Remix)
Flashpoint, Episode 506, "A World of Their Own"
Tickets are officially on sale for my CD Release Show at the Aladdin Theater on October 19th. Because this is absolutely my most important concert event (to date), I ask, from the bottom of my heart, that you make plans to be there. Oh, and tell 620 friends too!
PRICES: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $25 VIP
SHOW DETAILS: Some Days I'm a Lion .com
I am beyond pleased to reveal a sneak peek preview of my upcoming album Some Days I'm a Lion. The video to the right will show you what I've been up to for the last few months and give you the opportunity to hear a telling 5-minute version of the 50-minute album.
Oh, be sure to pre-order your copy today or get tickets and join me at the album release on 10/19 in Portland!
Through my years of performing music, my rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" has become one of the most requested covers that I do. That said, because I've recently purchased a new camera (with the sole intention of creating a number of "home" music videos), what better way to kick off my new video endeavor than with a crowd favorite?
I have decided to draw a line in the sand on the pages of Facebook -- rather than double post each and every time, I solemnly swear that I will only post personal matters on my personal page and music matters on my music page. Here's the catch: you have to make sure that you're subscribed to the proper page...
THE DUDE: http://facebook.com/tylerstenson
I'm beyond proud to announce that Chevy has recently employed the use of not one, but two of my songs within their advertising! Yep, keep an eye out for the instrumental version of my song We Grow in their most recent Chevy Volt commercial and the instrumental of my song The Road bouncing in the background of a Silverado spot. Moving on up!