Tenille West is a jazz and contemporary singer based in Brisbane, with a versatility that spans across many genres of music. Tenille, who also goes simply by the nickname ‘Tee', is in particular drawn to jazz vocals as they allow her to explore a vast array of texture color and shape, throughout a heartfelt story. Hailing infamous artist Anita O’ Day as her Queen, and worshipping the work of Nina Simone, Tenille is also influenced by contemporary pop artists such as Sia and Florence Welsch. Tenille’s work serves to honor those before her with a traditional swingin’ feel, with just a touch of the contemporary. Her tonality ranging from bright and pure, all the way through to dark and mellow gives her the ability to tell a story, woven with raw emotion and a cheeky sense of humor. Known to audiences for her ability to engage, Tenille wants the whole room to be welcomed and immersed.
Recently completing her Bachelor of Jazz Performance, Tenille performs regularly around Brisbane working with various projects. Highlights have included a week-long set of shows at Woodford Folk Festival with the band Ladi Abundance and performing as a guest vocalist with 13 piece Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra to sold out shows at the Brisbane Jazz Club. Tenille also recently flew to Melbourne to perform a sold out show at the infamous Butterfly Club with James Halloran’s “Debutante Ball”, with guest reviewer describing her vocals as reaching “Wuthering Heights”. Finally, in June 2017 , Tenille achieved another sold out show, while testing her event production skills at local bar Padre, with the Debut of her ‘Tee West Sextet’, bringing swingin’ tunes and fun to the most of unexpected places.
Tenille is also a passionate vocal teacher, and loves teaching adults and children alike and helping them find their inner voices. Please see Tenille’s teaching tab, for more information. Tenille is also available for private functions and bookings, so please hit the enquiry form for a quote.