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Meet Tenelle Luafalemana

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tenelle Luafalemana.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tenelle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am where I am because of faith, family and hard work. Music is my way of expressing myself. I started singing when I was 12 years old and found my voice by the age of 21. Like many, I’ve been through certain things in life that would probably drive some folks insane. Long story short — music saved my life and plays an immense role on who I’ve become today. Some people find their purpose early in life, while others face difficulties finding their true calling.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I feel like being a musician or creative is NOT supposed to be easy. I feel like “creatives” have a lot to express and that is what makes us who we are. We are all pillars of expression and must go through hard-times in order to give birth to our blessings. I believe that God blesses us to give back to others! To address your question — I don’t think it’s ever supposed to be a smooth or easy road. We all have a story to tell and our struggles ultimately help us tell that story.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am an independent and self-managed artist, with a dream to move nations and make people smile through my music. I have been pursuing music since I was 18 years old and specialize in FAITH. Most individuals know me as a singer/songwriter however, my family knows me as “Ten”. I’ve had the honor of building a fan-base across Hawaii, New Zealand and throughout the Reggae/Polynesian communities around the world. I am extremely grateful for a family that loves me and friends’ that always have my best interest at heart. One thing that sets me apart from the masses, is my urgency to serve others. If I’m able to help, I always will!

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I’ve had a couple of proud moments in my career. Off of the top of my head, I would say that my proudest moment was at my show in Oahu, HI (Summer 2016). Long story short, during this time I had been a background singer for some time (about seven years). My Dad got to the point where he said, “I’m only coming to your shows if your name is on the ticket.” That Summer of 2016, I had my first show in the front of 30,000 people with my face and logo on the flyer. The greatest feeling was having every single person in that crowd singing along to my songs and seeing my Dad in the midst of that huge crowd with his hands in the air and tears in his eyes. The proudest moments in my life are when my gifts or talents are utilized to bring happiness to others. Music changes lives and I am so excited for where God has yet to take me.

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Photographers: Nick Teofilo, Jeff Ariola, Phyras Men, Graphic Designer:Vanessa Su’a

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