Tennille Amor is originally from Trinidad, but has lived all over the world, including Egypt, Singapore, England and Scotland. She now lives in New York, and spends a lot of her time working with producers there, in California, and in Trinidad, as she is currently recording her debut album, ‘EVOLVE through LOVE‘. Producers on the album include; Shaggy, Jay Bowman (Michael Franti, Pink, Sting), Sly & Robbie (Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Britney Spears), Kwame (Christina Aguilera, Lloyd Banks, Pussycat Dolls), and Precision Productions (Machel Montano, Maximus Dan, and Bunji Garlin).
‘EVOLVE through LOVE’ combines mainstream pop with lyrical hip-hop and Tennille’s soulful reggae roots, creating an album that is emotionally charged, and mainstream friendly. The song ‘Worldwide Child’ takes us on the intriguing journey of Tennille’s life spent all over the world. Her endless pursuit of travel and understanding of different cultures are what fuel Tennille’s desire to unite people of every race, class, and creed through love and music, which is expressed in her pop single ‘Calling Out,’ and reinforced in her dancehall anthem, ‘Pay Attention’. In following her personal path she has found her true sound, exhibiting her multifaceted capabilities (from mainstream pop to quick-tongued rap, and reggae groove), which allow her to create music that is unexpected, deeply addictive, commercially pleasing, and lyrically inspiring.
Tennille’s fearless ability to share her inner most doubts and fears on this album serves as an inspiration to other young people who are facing some of the same struggles. ‘I Got Your Heart’ is a song written for a friend, but intended to reach anyone who feels overwhelmed by the trying times that they’re going through. One of Tennille’s most vulnerable songs, ‘Bad Name,’ (a brutally honest take on being forced into a sexual situation) was written to remind young girls that they always have a choice when it comes to sex, and encourage young men to treat women with respect, and listen when they say “no” to sexual advances. The important message of women empowerment is portrayed in a strong, yet lighthearted way in Tennille’s first single, ‘Not the One.’
The early half of the album takes the listener on a roller coaster ride of romantic love. Songs like ‘Beautiful’ (which deals with the early emotions of falling in love), ‘You’re Gone,’ ‘Walk Away,’ and ‘Amor for Amor‘ (songs about love lost, and the hurt, anger, and frustration that come with that), and ‘I Want Your Love’ (an attempt at getting back the love and attention that was shared in a past relationship), give us a window to Tennille’s love life, and allow us to understand how she has grown and evolved through the lessons she has learned from her experiences.
On first listen, ‘Manipulator’ seems to be another song about love gone wrong, but in actuality, it is a song about struggling with inner demons, and making the decision to fight against the things that hold us back from reaching our highest potential.
In ‘Blind World,’ Tennille accepts her past for what it has taught her, but lets it go in order to fulfill what she has been put here to do. ‘Lion’ and ‘Funny Little Things’ are both songs inspired by Tennille’s first trip to Tanzania. They deal with the hardships faced by so many living in the developing world, and the strength and beauty that can be found through that.
A big part of Tennille’s passion and drive in life comes from the work she does with her charity, E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change), which she co-founded with her business partner, Alexi Panos. Through E.P.I.C., the girls are sponsored by the CAT footwear #Earthmovers campaign, have been featured on MTV, had a partnership with Quiksilver Women, and are currently drilling clean water wells in Tanzania, Africa, while continuing to spread the message that Everyday People are more than capable of Initiating positive Change in the world. Tennille is currently putting together the A.M.O.R Tour, which will feature performances in 5+ cities (New York, LA, London, Trinidad, and Tanzania), with artists such as Pixie Lott, Chris Young, Soshy, Shaggy, Daniel Bedingfield, Emblem 3, Kes the Band, and many others, raising money and awareness for E.P.I.C.
With the pop single, ‘Robotic,’ Tennille once again brings blatant attention to her creative versatility, and refusal to be limited by any artistic boxes or musical constraints, making clear that she fits into a genre of her own.
The revolutionary new sound of this album is one that is sure to open some ears, especially in an age where the young listener’s attention span is hungering for an artist who will constantly peak their interest by keeping things fresh, new, and exciting. No song on the album sounds the same, giving each an original character, fitting beautifully together in an autobiographical adventure about the evolution through life and the lessons learned from love in its many forms.