Today we’d like to introduce you to Tenia Renee Nelson.
Tenia Renee, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It all started with my Auntie giving me her keyboard when I was eleven years old. This was a Godsend because at this time, I wanted to play the piano but my parents did not have enough for lessons. I taught myself piano for a while and then a few years later, I decided to sign myself up for Jazz Band in the 8th grade. Music has always shaped my life. I have been teaching music in Denver(public and private) for over 18 years and playing professionally(piano and percussion) for over 27 years!
Has it been a smooth road?
Being a professional musician can be tough and tiring at times. There are times that I would play a show until 1am in the morning and then wake to get my son ready(I am a momma to Thelonious and a wife to Tim Nelson) for school and then after that, I would work teaching my lovely kiddos….sometimes until 8pm at night. It is a cray life but I would not change it for the world!
Tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a professional musician(pianist and percussionist) and educator. I can teach all instruments but my focus is Piano and Percussion. Currently I am teaching at Denver Language School, Neighborhood Music and the Tenia Nelson Studio. I also play all kinds of music as well. So proud that I get to play with TNT, Spherio, Jon Romero y Amanecer, Soul Daddy and Brass and Gold Society. I am proud that I can make people happy with my music. It makes my soul happy when I can do that!
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Denver!! I have been here since 1990 and it is just the best!! I love the fact that if you want to go to the mountains, it only takes you like an hour to get there! Also, Denver is such a musical rich city! And I am blessed to play with an abundance of amazing musicians who call Denver their home. The thing that I do not like about Denver is the traffic and the many unnecessary changes to this beautiful city….it is a hot mess!!
- Website: teniareneenelson.com
- Instagram: tenianelson
Photo of me at the piano by Jack Sasson.
Photo of me with Bowtie by Sammy Emerson.
Photo of me with my Dashiki shirt with my Red Keyboard by Kelly Maxwell.