19th + Grand Records
Release Date: November 28th 2020
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
Tenille Arts has become an artist that I’ve become excited to listen to and enjoy, ever since my review of ther sophomore album Love, Heartbreak & Everything In Between, which is reviewed here. In it, I listened to what was, in my opinion, a great concept album- 12 songs divided into three sections- four songs about love, four songs about heartbreak, and four songs about…well, everything else. With Tenille’s music being likened to that of her contemporaries (like Lauren Alaina, Cassadee Pope, Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie & Tae and Maren Morris- all of which have been written about and discussed at length in my brother Josh’s blog series about 50 influential up-and-coming artists); I am amazed about how much I found myself humming along to the tunes of Love, Heartbreak and Everything In Between, an album that people can relate to at various points in their own life, as we’re reminded that to journey through this life and grow as a whole person means to address the whole self- the love part, the heartbreak part, and the thing in the middle too. Fastforward to the end of 2020, and Tenille’s new song unveiled to us in the form of ‘Tears’, originally a song that debuted in the form of a music video in November 2019- and a year later, is available to listen to and download in its audio format.
‘Tears’ is a heartfelt song about emotions that come when difficult situations arise- in the corresponding music video, it depicts a breakup in a relationship, and the tears that come out of that messiness of an end in said relationship, but really, ‘Tears’ can be about any difficult situation that may arise in life. And quite frankly, 2020 has a lot of situations and circumstances where tears could flow at any moment. The song is a great reminder that tears do not flow forever, and that with time, perspective, hindsight and a whole lot of support from family, friends, and prayer; tears will stop and healing can take place. For if steel and stone can weather storms, surely can our hearts, for we as people are loved and treasured by our Heavenly Father, and that whatever we go through, be it joyous times, or even difficult ones, will certainly bring us to the point where we realise that maybe our tears- tears of joy, empathy, sadness, etc; can allow us to relate to other people who may go through circumstances like us, and that our difficult times often refine us and make us more resilient, relying not necessarily on certain relationships to fill us, but finding our own identity not in people, but in Christ. Out of that realisation, we can rest knowing that our tears will bring something good in the end, to ourselves, and to others. Well done Tenille for such a powerful and resonating song, one where I’ve been watching the music video for quite a while now. Looking forward to more new songs in the future, whenever that may be!
RIYL: Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Cassadee Pope, Maddie & Tae, Maren Morris