RADIO.COM's Leading Ladies Limelight: Tenille Arts

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Tenille Arts
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Throughout the month of March, RADIO.COM will be celebrating the Leading Ladies of Country music with special interviews and performances from some of the biggest female names in the genre -- all culminating with a virtual end-of-month concert event.

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we're celebrating the power of Women in Country by honoring iconic heritage female artists, showcasing the genre's rising stars, and spotlighting today’s hit female artists. Today RADIO.COM welcomes Tenille Arts! Don't miss her full interview and performance of "Somebody Like That" above.

Tenille joins Rob + Holly to continue our celebration of all things female in the realm of Country along with "Somebody Like That" co-writer Allison Veltz Cruz, and producer Alex Kline to discuss the first song ever written, produced, and performed by all-female artists to hit the top 10 in the Country radio charts -- an incredible feat!

Alex has been writing for singers in Nashville for years, and brought on Allison for this project among a few roadblocks -- but a flooded house during their session which led to the loss of power and a few bottles of wine in the dark couldn't stop the magic. "We've just had the best times together... it's interesting to try to write a love song without it going cheesy on you," says Allison, who was conscious of the string of breakup songs that Tenille had released prior. "We worked hard to just have a sincere tone of 'this is what I want to bring into my next relationship, whatever that may be.' It's very hopeful. It felt hopeful for me, I knew it felt hopeful for Alex. It just felt good."

"I swear that we manifested Tyler, my boyfriend, into my life with this song," says Tenille. "Because literally I met the perfect person just a couple of months after we wrote this song!"

The final track, Allison says, came together after two writing sessions, not a drunken scribbling on a napkin as we would all like to romantically think a song comes together. "We came back," she says. "And that doesn't always happen, I would say like... one out of ten writes is an actual write that you come back to because you know that you have something so special in the chorus, that you want to give the verse a little bit more time to sit with because sometimes you could rush through those."

The three women have worked on music together in the past, specifically Tenille's "Wouldn't You Like To Know" from her 2020 record Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Between. "That was kind of the beginning, blossoming of our writing relationship," says Alex. "We're looking for, if you can come up with a writing trio name, to kind of solidify."

"For me, at the time when we wrote 'Somebody Like That,'" Tenille continued, "I was so over writing breakup songs. I did not want to write another freakin' breakup song so it was really cool that they were wanting to write something with me tat would be kind of like that hopeful love song. I think it worked out perfect. I know when we left the writing session that day or as soon as Alex sent me a demo of the song, I sent it to everybody... and every single person came back with the exact same initial gut reaction to the song that it was something special."

"I love them both," Tenille says of Alex and Allison. "I just thought Alex was so bada**... I just loved that she's a female producer and I love that we got set up together because I don't even think we knew a lot of the same people at the time. When she brought Allison in, I mean, I love all of Allison's melodies... it's stuff that I wouldn't think to do, so it's really cool. I think all of us bring in different elements to the writing room."

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