Tenna Star was born in Kingston Jamaica to a family of nine children and grew up in the Red Hills Road area where he spent most of his life. His singing career and everything he has done in the music business he owes all to his Mother who is the backbone for everything. His early stages of development as a singer came from his mother who he heard singing all the time.
The work of God was taught and sang daily in his house; His first band was a gospel group which was formed by his mother, called the Tenns brothers, which consisted of Tenna Star, his older brother and his younger brother Mark Tenn, who is also a prominent force in the music business. After leaving high school, Tenna began doing odd jobs here and there, mainly graphic designing which he was good at, but singing was always in his blood and at every opportunity he got he would sing.
Tenna’s earliest experience in the dance hall was singing on numerous soundsystems like Crystal sound, Rambo International, Playmate sound, Small Axe sound and Kilimanjaro to name but a few, as well as singing alongside artists like Red Dragon, Flourgon, Daddy Lizard, Sanchez, Buju Banton, Terry Ganzie, Courtney Melody, Mr Vegas and Quench Aid. Tenna started performing on various stage shows around the island. His first song was recorded on the Powermatic label [Danny Brownie studios] called ‘Close to you’, he then went on to record for various record labels like Sir Guy label, New Name records, GG records where he teamed up with Norrisman [DJ], but Kilimanjaro studios [Dub Store] became his home base where he gained great respect and popularity.
Tenna Star then came to England in 1994, and upon his arrival wasted no time in gaining instant recognition and fame in Birmingham and the London area. His talent was quickly discovered by a lot of record producers like Stingray Records where he recorded “Blessed Be”, which gained great popularity for him in the UK a duet with Judge Dread. He went on to record “African Princess” for producer Murray Man which was a big hit in Europe, where he toured with Murray Man in Switzerland and Sweden.
Tenna Star has worked with most of the great names within the music industry, such as the likes of Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Garnett Silk, Luciano, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Sir John Holt, where he supported him on his UK tour, and recently toured with Beres Hammond.
Tenna is one of the UK’s finest vocalists in reggae today and is a firm believer in the Almighty with his commitment to Rastafarian.
“All things are possible if you put your trust and faith in the Most High Jah! Blessed Love”