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Award Winnig Singer

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Teneia is an international touring musician and songwriter and has seven albums to her credit.  She has won multiple awards, had her work featured in HBO, Netflix and award-winning independent films.  She's shared the stage with various critically-acclaimed artists and songwriters.

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One of Teneia's most prominent pieces, "Stand," earned a placement in the HBO documentary, “Prom Night in Mississippi” (2008) 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. 

Her side project, 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. 

She is an advocate for the state of Mississippi and the city of Jackson. In 2020, Teneia released ‘City with Soul’ ft. 5th Child supporting the promotional campaign for Visit Jackson. The video has over 100,000 views and has been streamed on all digital platforms. 

Two of Teneia’s songs, “Call Somebody” and “Beautiful Mess' 'were featured in the Netflix LGBTQ+ show, Eastsiders created by Mississippi native Kit Williamson.

Teneia signed with SonaBLAST! Records for her 7th studio album, BLACK EMPRESS. The album was produced by Mike Minjarez in Nashville, TN. 



  • Opened for various national acts, including Lucinda Williams, Missy Higgins, Jamie O'Neal, Sarah Darling, Jessi Colter, Sharon Little, Grayson Capps, Catie Curtis, Luke Doucet, Tab Benoit, Kelley McRae, The War and Treaty, Salvador Santana, and more. 

  • Mississippi Arts & Letter Institute Award nominee, Best Contemporary Music Composition.  (2024)

  • 'Our Rebellious Hearts' award winning film producer. (2023-ongoing) 

  • Made history as the 3rd Black female composer featured by Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (2022)

  • Ozy Media “Badass Women You Need To Know” (2021)

  • Freedom “Best Music Video”- Accord Film Festival (Mumbia, India) (2021)

  • Freedom “Best Music Video” - Worldwide Women’s Film Festival (Phoenix, AZ) (2022)

  • Freedom “Best Music Video”- Accord Film Festival (Mumbia, India) (2021)

  • Signed with SonaBLAST! Records (2020) 

  • Winner of the Cayamo Soundcheck contest (2018)

  • American Music Abroad alumni (2019)

  • Planned Parenthood Band Together artist (2019-present)

  • "Call Somebody" & "Beautiful Mess" featured in Netflix's "Eastsiders" (2019)

  • Original song "Hard Times" featured in independent movie 'Away From Here' starring Alicia Witt and Nick Stahl (2013)

  • Original song "Stand" featured in HBO Documentary "Prom Night in Mississippi" starring Morgan Freeman (2008)

  • Contributed to the Teach for America Compilation Album, along with national acts Neko Case and The Swell Season (2007)

  • Nominated as a finalist for PASTE Magazine's Rock & Reel Contest (2008)

  • Winner of the National Women's Music Festival's "Discovers New Talent" Competition (2009)

  • Nominated by the Just Plain Folk Music Foundation for Best Original Blues Song "I'm Over You" (2009)

  • Signed with SonaBLAST! Records (2010)

  • Performed at the Red Gorilla Music Festival (2008 and 2013)

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