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Neda (pr. Neh-dah)
‘When I first heard Neda’s music I was genuinely moved by two things: The elegance of her vocal and the maturity of her song writing. For me there is no better combination.’ Tim Hart, Boy & Bear
Who is Tenielle...or Neda... or Tenielle Neda... what's her name? Nada? Needa? Nayda? Nooda? :)
Born in Carnarvon, Neda’s childhood was spent on a remote mango & banana plantation, then unlike most teenagers, she spent her early years mastering the art of driving colossal-sized trains to and from the port of Dampier in the far-flung barren coast of Western Australia. Neda would credit her early musical influences to the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, The Beatles and Joni Mitchell. Later, modern flavours such as The Shins, and Feist would also play their part in shaping Neda’s musical inclinations.
Neda made her very first independent release back in 2010, under the guise of “Tenielle” with her song “Better Than Leaving” – a country/pop track penned while she was living in the isolated town of Dampier. Moving from a country town to the big smoke of Sydney and later to Melbourne, it was only natural Neda’s sound would evolve. Almost 3 years later, Neda released her alternative folk/pop debut EP ‘Daylight Disguise’ on Island Records. Songs on the EP were co-written with the likes of Adrian Deutsch from Red Riders as well as Andy Bull, Tim Derricourt from Dappled Cities and Nashville great Kim Richey. Boy & Bear drummer Tim Hart contributed his percussive expertise bringing to life the rhythmic elements of the EP while Swedish engineer Lasse Marten, who’s previous credits include Peter Bjorn and John and Sarah Blasko, also added his distinctive dynamics.
Neda’s creativity draws on her colourful and busy journey of songwriting and collaboration. Since her debut, Neda has worked with some of Australia’s most respected songwriters and producers, including Mark Myers (The Middle East, Emma Louise), Wayne Connelly (Boy and Bear, Cloud Control) and most recently Neal Sutherland (Bertie Blackman). in 2016, Neda, released the mesmerising alt, electro-pop single “Prehistoric Love,” written with Perth duo “The Opposite Kids.” You may have heard it on the classic Australian drama, Home & Away. The track claimed 2nd place in the Top 40/Pop Category of the International Song writing Competition 2015.
So after quite the sabbatical, Neda is set to record some new material. A lot has happened since Neda left the small town for the big smoke. Almost ten years on, she has played music, driven trains & studied theology - off and on and combination of all 3 most of the time. She has become a wife and a mother. "My whole perception of music has changed. My motivation for making music has changed. I feel now, more than ever, a responsibility to contribute something meaningful through my music. It is my hope that my music will be a gift to others & contribute to their life in some positive way." This is why Neda feels the importance of sharing any profit's she makes from her music with non-for-profit organisations she is passionate about supporting. "It would be an absolute privilege for me, if I could use my art or creativity to contribute to something greater. To support the work of those who's work is often thankless or goes unnoticed."
The new material Neda is set to release reflects the evolving maturity of the last ten years. We cannot wait to hear it. (Well I can't - but I'm her husband so definitely bias!)