Tessa was born into a musical family. Her parents met at music college in London and both earn their living teaching and performing. In a house full of instruments Tessa soon developed an interest in playing the piano, trombone and tuba, guitar, violin and saxophone, and had a reputation for not practicing her scales on any of them!
At 10 years old Tessa began experimenting with writing her own compositions, using two old cassette tape machines to multi track record herself singing and playing. By 20 Tessa was studying music at Dartington college of Arts and graduated with a BA honours degree. Whilst at Dartington Tessa studied classical singing and composition and played many gigs on the electric bass guitar, with a preference for funk and Jazz.
Tessa began song writing when she was 24 years old at a very difficult time in her life when she was first treated for clinical depression. The songs on this her first album,grew out of this period and are, in part, an emotional response to this situation.
At once haunting and angelic, softly spoken and bitterly sung, the voice of tessa frith is set to see the light of day courtesy of Audio Sketch Record Label & the white leaf collective soon. Having written much of her work over 5 years ago, in 2005 the music was picked up by the wlc and recording of these beautiful songs began.
Produced at Cat Knapp Studios, Herefordshire, by b. peer (enzioc / warpandwoof) and co-produced by s. tandy (moggz – lazy acre records) & t frith these demos are yet to have been fully mastered, but still the inherent beauty of the music is clear. originally written and recorded over 5 years ago by tessa alone, these recent recordings of the songs are now subtly complimented by a select group of session musicians.
Find out more about her album, Mindscapes, and download her new single for free here: http://www.tessafrith.com/