Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie, Pop


Sounds like

Jessie Ware, BENEE


band members

Tessa Thames


Influences

Amy Winehouse , Lauryn Hill, Spice Girls


Unearthed artists we like

The Magpie Swoop, Thelma Plum


Website

www.tessathames.com

Bio

MOTHER. DAUGHTER. SISTER. AUNTY. SINGER. SONGWRITER. FIRST NATIONS. CENTRAL COAST NSW.

The Spice Girls, The Fugees, TLC, Shania Twain, Natalie Imbruglia, Mariah Carey, The Cardigans… Tessa Thames’ Dad ran a karaoke business in the 90’s where she operated as a ‘warm up’ of sorts, taking the mic first with the hopes of encouraging others to follow suit. It was a delicate balancing act: being good enough to entertain whilst trying not to intimidate punters. Through this, Tessa cultivated her love of music and songwriting, absorbing her dearly held ‘Top Of The Pops’ 90’s nostalgia like a sponge. Now she’s squeezing it all out as something of her own.

Some may recognise her as the voice of folk act Microwave Jenny, having toured Australia, NZ, Asia, the UK and playing festivals such as Bluesfest (Byron Bay), Woodford Folk Festival (Woodford), Friendship Festival (Seoul) & The Aussie BBQ (UK). Her music has been featured on television series Gods of Wheat Street (ABC1), Redfern Now (SBS), Offspring (Network 10), Winners & Losers (Seven Network) & Underbelly Chopper (The Nine Network). Now Tessa Thames unleashes her modern 90’s nostalgic pop on the world without any concern for who might be intimidated.

Review

Review by Ash McGregor Ash McGregor

24 Nov 2020

Triple J
45

10 seconds in and I already know this is going on repeat! Got that velvet voice, shimmery beats, catchy tune AND that Zaz vocal trumpet - what's not to like?!

10 seconds in and I already know this is going on repeat! Got that velvet voice, shimmery beats, catchy tune AND that Zaz vocal trumpet - what's not to like?!

Review

Review by Pip Rasmussen Pip Rasmussen

13 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

Tessa you've got this instant classic vibe straight away. Everything is measured to perfection - that funky synth melody, the shift in sounds and pace, it's everything you want on a sunny RNB Sunday afternoon. (also was that you singing/making a mouth trumpet? haha love it!)

Tessa you've got this instant classic vibe straight away. Everything is measured to perfection - that funky synth melody, the shift in sounds and pace, it's everything you want on a sunny RNB Sunday afternoon. (also was that you singing/making a mouth trumpet? haha love it!)

Review

Review by Ilai Swindells Ilai Swindells

13 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

Echoing Nkechi's review here; This is BIG Glow Up Energy and your golden. Here for the clicks, claps, community cookout vibe of it all. It's brimming full of positive radiance channelling the early 90's RNB girl group sounds we all know and love mixed in with some Corinne Bailey Rae and Laura Mvula.

Echoing Nkechi's review here; This is BIG Glow Up Energy and your golden. Here for the clicks, claps, community cookout vibe of it all. It's brimming full of positive radiance channelling the early 90's RNB girl group sounds we all know and love mixed in with some Corinne Bailey Rae and Laura Mvula.