White Sails Blue Skies

Tanya Dennis 


About Tanya Dennis   

Vocalist, Songwriter, Violinist, Rhythm Guitarist, Record Producer and Music Arranger  

Genre:  World Fusion Smooth Jazz,  Blues,  Americana  

Home:  Joelton, TN  (Northwest of Nashville, TN.)  

Publishing: Gypsy Laurel Music, BMI    

Loves to cook, garden and travel.  

Hobbies:  sailing, canal barging, diving, fishing, and all things nautical.  


*Featured Artist in European Festivals in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Lapland, Holland and Germany 

*Vocalist /violinist  for Jazz Legend Ira Sullivan  
*Vocalist /electric violin for Miami Rock Legend Joe Denato  
*Lead singer / electric violin with legendary Miami Funk-Fusion-Jazz  group “Amber”  

*1999  European Rising Star Award 
*2000  www.justplainfolks.com  “Waterdance”,  Awards for “Country CD of the Year,  Blues Song of the Year  and Country Song of the Year 
*Toured as supporting vocalist, violinist and rhythm guitar player with : Faith Hill-  5 time Grammy winner,  Janie Fricke -2 time CMA Female     Vocalist of the Year, and  Skip Ewing -BMI songwriter of the year, Triple Play award and CMA  Song of the Year Artist  to name a few.

*Commercials written for and featured in ads for PAX television network, Mazda Motor Corporation and Safeway Foods  

*Featured song “Slow Burn”, on CD Baby Artist compilation  

*Vocalist / electric violin with Nashville based  8 piece group,  Retro Lunatics



Tanya Dennis "White Sails Blue Skies"  (World Fusion Smooth Jazz) 

Tanya Dennis "Waterdance"   (A mix of blues, country, americana, jazz) 

Tanya Dennis "Apartment #9 (Country) 



Quote from Tanya: 

 “Musically, the biggest challenge for me has been  trying to stick to one genre but thankful I've allowed myself the freedom not to.  I enjoy performing and writing with a diverse palette.  Over the years I have explored Jazz, Samba, Afro Cuban, Gypsy, Old Time, Irish, Electronic, Eastern Indian, Tango, Flamenco, Rock, Country, Funk, Fusion, and R&B. 

The world is full of music and I love to cross cultural and musical  boundaries. It is a universal language and a treasure to be given and shared. 

I have been particularly drawn to Brazilian, ethnic fusion and Latin music since the 1980’s.  When Toots Thielemans (my greatest musical influence), released his ‘Brazil Project’, I was hooked, both on Toots and the music.  Just before White Sails blue Skies was finished, I contacted Toots and asked him to be my guest star on this project. Sadly, he had just retired and passed a short while later.

“WHITE  SAILS  BLUE  SKIES” is a manifestation of all the years of listening to these genres and 10 years on the water. 

A little over a decade ago after a series of life changing events, I bought Winterhawk, a 50 foot cutter rigged sailboat and ventured out to fulfill a long anticipated bucket – list plan to sail the Caribbean and the Pacific Northwest. I needed to reinvent my life musically and personally. 

“WHITE  SAILS  BLUE  SKIES” is the child of that journey and dedicated to

Toots Thielemans.

It truly is a work created for water people…… music to sail by.

 Musical Homage

Out of the greatest love and respect for their influences, I pay homage to just a few artists:

Chaka Kahn, Sting, Jean -Luc Ponty, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Chris Smither, Joao Gilberto, Gypsy Kings, Joni Mitchell...the list is endless.