Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No Can”?
My latest single, ‘No Can’ is my first collaboration track with my little sister Tarryn also known as ‘RYN’. Her and I are both very blessed to be doing music together; it’s been a long time coming.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There are many things that inspire everything I do. Particularly with this song, we pulled a lot of inspiration from our past memories. The night we recorded ‘No Can’ was the best time that we’ve had in the studio together. Although the song is about heartbreak, it has a fun upbeat vibe to it and represents that “break-through moment” in life that leads you to greatness!
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes! My team and I plan to release the visual for ‘No Can’ in June 2020.
The single comes off your new album This Is Ten – what’s the story behind the title?
I titled my new EP, ‘This Is Ten’ as this project helped me find my smile again. Compared to where I was at before, I feel like I’ve improved immensely with my vocal skill, writing, spirit, faith and team. As I know that there is always room for improvement, I’m honestly just happy to be in such a good space in my life and it feels good to be happy again! “Ten” is the nickname that my family gave me when I was young. With naming the EP, ‘This Is Ten,’ it simply represents me. TENELLE CHRISTINE LUAFALEMANA— a girl from Carson, CA with a dream to heal a listener and move nations with my voice. My main goal with this project was to remain being myself, sing my truth, heal a listener and have fun while doing it!
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording/writing process was AMAZING! We recorded ‘No Can’ at Touch Studios located in Long Beach, CA with the family; Kerry Clisby, RYN and Wes. It’s always a good vibe when we’re all together in the studio. Like any other studio session, we first started by throwing around melodies, then came lyrics and before you knew it we were all singing and dancing in the studio.
Having worked with some bigger names in the industry – what have you learned from these experiences?
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with very well respected singer/song-writer, Meghan Trainer. Initially when we first met, we had an instant connection! I was introduced to her through my old management team and good friend, DJ Flict. That day at the studio, we wrote the song ‘Flava’ released in 2013. When we finished cutting the vocals, we knew that it was going to be a hit. This was the song that opened up many doors for me. It also charted for an entire year across radio stations in Hawaii and New Zealand.
Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I love collaborating. Whether it be with visuals, ideas or music. I believe that where two or more are gathered, magic happens. Of course if you allow it to. I love to throw around ideas with my team, which consists of all my best friends and family. Receiving their input definitely helps a lot with the creative process as we all have different ears/eyes for art and music. I also really appreciate the fact that when we work together, it’s always towards the bigger picture.
What aspect of your own personal life did you get to explore on this record?
When creating any record, I always sing from my own experiences and things that I have gone through in life. I am a very transparent person that goes through things just like the rest of the world and would feel selfish not to share my story. For this in-particular project, I was able to explore true creativeness with an open mind. When you let your mind and ideas flow freely, there are no limits to what you can create!
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I find inspiration in EVERYTHING around me. I have been through things in my life that would probably drive some folks insane. I feel that the fanbase I’ve been blessed with is amazing, due to the fact that I’m that relatable “girl next door” type of musician. I would have to say that the inspiration for the songs and lyrics on this project have been found through my family, travels and everyday life.
Any plans to hit the road?
As of right now, I am not traveling due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With musicians, majority of our shows are either cancelled or postponed as of the moment. When this time passes we will for sure be back on the road and touring again. I can’t wait to perform all of the new songs from my EP!
What else is happening next in Tenelle’s world?
There is so much happening in my world right now. I am NEVER not working or creating. I love to travel, meet people and experience new things with my family and friends. My goal at the moment is to create a song a day as soon as ‘This Is Ten’ is released across all media outlets. I also plan to release an entire EP with my sister sometime this year and pray that my work continues to inspire the future musicians/creatives to come.