Tenille Honoured With The Canadian Country Music Association – 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award
Female country artist Tenille rewarded for efforts alongside voice of country music Larry Delaney
Royalty Records Inc. is thrilled to announce that Tenille is among the The Canadian Country Music Association recipients for the 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award and the Hank Smith Award of Excellence.
Recognizing a young woman who has one of the biggest hearts in country music, the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award will be presented to 2011 CCMA Award nominee, Tenille.
As the founder of the annual music event ‘Big Hearts for Big Kids’, Tenille has single-handedly created, organized and executed one of the largest fundraising events in the city of Grande Prairie, raising $194,000 since its inception in 2010. Proceeds raised by this annual event benefit Sunrise House, the only youth emergency shelter north of Edmonton which would have been forced to close its doors if it weren’t for Tenille’s incredible fundraising efforts.
“I would like to congratulate Tenille on receiving the 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award,” said Gary Slaight, President & CEO Slaight Communications. “This Award celebrates artists who take it upon themselves to improve the lives of others and what Tenille has been able to accomplish at such a young age is inspiring and hopefully an inspiration for others.”
“It has been a life changing experience being a part of this event and watching Grande Prairie come together through the power of music to make a difference for kids my own age in our community,” said Tenille. “I am incredibly grateful to all of the sponsors, volunteers, audiences, and artists who have participated. The entire family of Canadian Country Music is one made of many “Big Hearts”- it is truly inspiring to be involved in the industry. Thank you so much to the Canadian Country Music Association and Slaight Music for the opportunity to receive this award. I am beyond honoured.”
Tenille’s award will be celebrated at the 2012 CCMA Gala Awards presentation, which takes place at an industry only event on September 8th in Saskatoon. For more information about the CCMA Awards of Achievement, PotashCorp Country Music Week or the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, please visit www.ccma.org.
A gifted singer and songwriter with a huge charitable heart, 18-year-old Tenille has become an unstoppable force in Canadian country music. In 2011, she was awarded Alberta’s Female Artist of the Year and also nominated at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards as the youngest ever Female Artist of the Year. Tenille’s proudest achievement to date; however, has been founding, organizing, and hosting Big Hearts for Big Kids, a fundraiser that has raised more than $194,000 in the past three years for Grande Prairie’s Youth Emergency Shelter Society- the Sunrise House. Tenille has also contributed to fundraising efforts for Slave Lake, Haiti, Canadian Cancer Relays, The Wounded Warriors Foundation, and she will be spending part of her summer with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, sharing her joy of music with the kids at the Kananaskis camp. With a new radio single on the way, and an exciting schedule of upcoming events, Tenille has found time to finish her graduating year of high school and is currently working with Nashville producer Fred Mollin on her sophomore album, to be released in early 2013.