Born in Wyoming but raised in Oregon, Tyler Stenson is an arresting singer/songwriter of acoustic ‘elegant folk’ music that hints at comparison to songwriter greats such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Ryan Adams. While he has been locally recognized as the two-time ‘Songwriter of the Year’ by the Portland Songwriters Association (2007 and 2008) and ‘Best Male Artist’ at the 2011 Portland Music Awards, on the national stage, Stenson has received even more impressive praise from the top tier of the music industry.
Recently hand-picked by legendary producer Don Was, Stenson was named a Top 10 Finalist in Guitar Center’s ‘Search for the Next Great American Songwriter’ contest (out of 10,000), as well as, he was hand-selected by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and music critic Ryan Spaulding, to perform at their Outlaw Roadshow showcase at SxSW 2013 (out of 4,000). Additionally, Stenson’s music is currently in rotation on SiriusXM’s “The Coffee House” station (ch31), he was named ReverbNation’s ‘Breaking Artist’ of 2013, he has opened for LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, John Popper, Matisyahu and more and his original music has been featured on multiple Chevrolet commercials and a few popular television series. Above all, Stenson has proven he’s not just another ‘guy and his guitar,’ his foundational belief that ‘lyric is king’ sets him apart as a true artist worth getting to know.