‘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
It’s not uncommon for musicians to come from remote spots on the map. Meet Tenielle Neda, her artist alias simply – NEDA, which is in fact her middle name and her Croatian Grandmothers name.
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.
Three years on, Neda’s creativity draws on her colourful and busy journey of songwriting and collaboration. Since her debut, Neda has been developing fresh material 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). After quite the sabbatical, Neda, now independent, has released the mesmerising alt, electro-pop single “Prehistoric Love,” written with Perth duo “The Opposite Kids.” The track claimed 2nd place in the Top 40/Pop Category of the International Song writing Competition last year and it is not hard to hear why. “Prehistoric Love” is the lead single from Neda’s long awaited 2nd EP set to drop later in the year. “Prehistoric Love” sets Neda apart from the plethora of female artists out there – her voice disarming & distinctive as it floats over intricate melody lines with ease and sincere maturity, leaving one with the inclination there are exciting things on the horizon for this Perth songstress.
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