Tender Forever

Tender Forever

 Portland, Oregon, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Tender Forever is the most energizing, powerful, touching, fun, smart and tech-savvy one woman band you'll ever get to see. Every performance deeply involves the audience and i have a true generosity when it comes down to performing. I love giving everything i have and i got melodies and moves!

Biography

"Tender Forever comes along in tough times. Nobody can ignore the dark places we've watched the world go in the past few years. But as divisions grows in the world, so does our ability to connect. Ours is a world exploding with communication and Tender Forever sits neatly in the center of that explosion. Lots of flights and some missed phone calls, friends here, lovers there. Missed connections and connections made. Melanie Valera's Franco- American pop project spans nationalities and leaps forward towards a world where we can close the gaps between countries, ideologies and ultimately hearts. Move closer.
Valera was born in 1977, the year of the punk, and spent her formative years in the village of Maurr, in south west France. As often happens, this small town kid pushed past the restrictions of that kind of environment, out into the larger world. In this case the city of Bordeaux and the University Michel de Montaigne of Arts. Her years in Bordeaux saw her developing an aesthetic that would transfer into her first musical projects the Bonnies, and later, Garrison Rocks. Armed with Girl Group and R&B classics The Bonnies took on the streets of Bordeaux, and with the partnership of a Californian band mate and intelligent, soulful pop Garrison Rocks took on Melanie's expanding world.
Tender Forever became Melanie's project in 2003, a solo effort which simplified and concentrated her music. A laptop, a long mic cord and almost too much enthusiasm was all it took. Tender Forever from the start was as much an experience as a band. That girl with the mic moves with passion, pounds out fear, falls to her knees, cranks up the visuals and passes it off to you. All of this quickly led her out of Bordeaux to the gentle state of Washington and weird, weird city of Olympia. New friends and collaborators of a like mind, including Mirah, The Blow, Anna Oxygen and Calvin Johnson kept it a busy summer. These new connections would be the beginning of a Northwest/Bordeaux connection sending bands back and forth, and further establishing Melanie's new intercontinental artistic life. The Soft and the Hardcore, released by K in 2005 was the culmination of everything Melanie had done up to this point and then some. Songs sung in the tiny moments of waiting, hoping and loving that we experience each day, fleshed out in full color and life. The explicitly personal and ecstatically universal rolled into one, filled with the power of international anthems. The Soft and the Hardcore is a testament to the terrifying and trilling first moments of love and self realization.
With her 2007 release, Wider, Melanie stretched out across both the globe and an expansive musical landscape. The album was recorded between Bordeaux and Olympia in the Dub Narcotic studio, hotel rooms, friend's basements and guestrooms. Both lush and focused, Wider portrays an artist and person with new confidence, at home in a big/small world. For all their power Tender Forever songs remain just that; tender. A song is a delicate thing and Melanie coaxes these fragile things into the larger world. Tender Forever is the biggest, softest sound you've heard. It's a kick drum in an empty warehouse while little kids play right outside.
For every connection we make there is a darkness waiting. The darkness of the unknown, the fear of transgression. When these connections we're all making and the risks that they bring catch up with us, we're left only with pushing forward. Melanie says it best, Get on the plane it's too late, We'll decide now if it's fate. No one will tell no one for sure, we're just lovers feeling unsure. All that insecurity just keeps us going, following tenderness out into a bursting new world."

Discography

Artist : TENDER FOREVER
Title : The Soft And The Hardcore
Label : K records
Reference : klp173
Release Date: 2006-12-06
World Wide Release + under special licensing in FRANCE, SPAIN, AUTRALIA

Artist : TENDER FOREVER
Title : WIDER
Label : K records
Reference : klp188
Release Date: 2007-12-04
World Wide Release + under special licensing in FRANCE, SPAIN, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA

Artist : TENDER FOREVER
Title : NO SNARE
Label : K records
Reference : klp217
Release Date: 20010-06-08
World Wide Release + under special licensing in FRANCE, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA

TENDER FOREVER UP COMING AUDIO RELEASES:

Artist : TENDER FOREVER
Format : EP
Label : K records
Projected Release Date: March 2010
World Wide Release + under special licensing in FRANCE, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA

Artist : TENDER FOREVER - NO SNARE REMIXES
Format : 12” vinyl / 200 copies
Label : K records
Projected Release Date: March 2010

TENDER FOREVER OTHER RELEASES / COMPILATIONS / FEATURED APPEARANCES:

Title : NU FOLK
Label : wagram
Reference : B000S6NSPK
Format : 2 CDs IMPORT
Release Date: 20007-08-27
Track # : 13

Title : BEST OF 2006
Label : Les Inrockuptibles
Reference : CD LI 06 136
Format : 2 CDs
Release Date: 2007-12
Track # : 6

Title : BORDEAUX ROCK
Label : Bordeaux Rock
Reference : BXROCK06
Format : 2 CDs
Release Date: 2006 - 02
Track # : 7

Title : LA NOUVELLE CHANSON FRANCAISE
Label : Wagram
Reference : BXROCK06
Format : 5 CDs
Release Date: 2008 - 01
Track # : Disc 3 - Track # 14

Title : MODERN FOLK
Label : Wagram
Reference : 3113422
Format : 1 CD
Release Date: 2006 - 05
Track # : 14

Title : LFSM 2010 COMPILATION
Label : Imperial Prod
Format : 1 CD
Release Date: 2009-02
Track # : 4

Title : WUAG PRESENTS:18 watts is better than none
Label : WUAG
Format : 2 CD
Release Date: 2006
Track # : CD#1 - Track #2

Title : WHAT THE HECK FEST 2007
Label : YOYO Recordings
Format : 2 CD
Reference : CT2007
Release Date: 2007-07

Title : HAVE A GOOD NIGHT #2 - Moon
Label : Blog Up Music
Format : 2 CDs
Release Date: 2007-02
Track # : CD#1 - Track #4

Title : MIRAH JOYRIDE:REMIXES
Label : K Records
Reference : klp177
Format : 2 CD / 2 LP
Release Date: 2006 - 11
Track # : CD/LP #1 - Track # 8

Artist : The Scream Club
Album Title : Life of a heartbreaker
Track : On My Mind (Featuring TENDER FOREVER)
Label : Alpha Pup Records
Format : 1 CD
Release Date: 2006-10-24

Title : TENDER FOREVER / MANSFLIED TYA 45” Split
Label : Wonderground Records
Format : Vinyl 7” - 45 rpm
Reference : WDG001
Release Date: 2007-07