BIO

 

Tena Rae’s musical journey started when she was a small child. By age four, she wassinging solos in church services.  A few years later she played a leading role in a long-running production of Annie, and thenbecame Little Mary Sunshine — both at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS).Tena Rae’s busy teen years were spent on stages, riding horses and modeling.For ten years as a young adult, she was lead vocalist for the Eclipse Orchestra, often performing across the U.S. During those years, she was also a lead vocalist at Houston’s Swiss Chalet. She sang at The Great Caruso with Howard Hartman. Tena Rae often sang at Astrodome games for the Astros and theHouston Rockets. She especially enjoyed performing at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. As her musical talents grew, so did Tena Rae’s interest in country music. She began writing songs and performing in country venues, which led her to Nashville. She was the lead actress in a music video for Vince Gill, and she performed at a Trisha Yearwood concert,among many others.Her first CD in 2004, titled Tena Rae, received rave reviews from radio audiences and music publications.This launched a multitude of concerts and public appearances around the country. Tena Rae’s exciting career was abruptly interrupted by Lyme disease. While being treated, she returned to her family in Texas. Over the next three years, it was her bond with a horse that healed her broken spirit and helped her recover. She met and married a Brenham man,and they settled in the area with her healing horse, Katy K. Newly in love with a man and a horse, Tena Rae was inspired to write and record an album of heartfelt songs.Her second CD, Embracing Every Moment, was released in 2010.Its upbeat single release, Nobody’s Watching, climbed the charts as part of the Texas Music Radio Tour. Today Tena Rae performs in many venues including some charitable events. She particularly enjoys supporting Lyme disease fundraisers.  She and Katy K have helped several patients in their battles against the disease, a part of their lives she plans to expand.

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