Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Thea Hopkins

Performing songwriter Thea Hopkins calls her music Red Roots Americana. Her EP "Love Come Down," released in fall, 2018, was nominated for a 2019 Indigenous Music Award in the folk category, an international competition. In June 2019, Thea, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of  Martha's Vineyard, MA, was selected by the Western Arts Alliance as a 2019 Native Launchpad Artist, a three-year artist development program. Then in September, Thea performed at the  Kennedy Center in  Washington, D.C., as part of the grand opening of their new theater complex, REACH. She also performed at the Summertyne Americana Festival in  Newcastle, England in July 2019. 

To cap off 2019, Thea was selected for the Wichoie Ahiya Indigenous Singer Songwriter Intensive at the Banff Arts Centre in Alberta, Canada. 

Thea first came to wider public notice when Peter, Paul & Mary recorded her song "Jesus Is On The Wire" in 2004, and then again in 2010 with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. It is considered one of their later signature songs.

Love Come Down" is her 4th album, but the first helmed by a producer (Mike Davidson of Boston 's Plaid Dog Studios). With “Love Come Down,”  Hopkins has achieved an elegance of sound that lives up to her poetic prowess. A talent the Washington Post called “a standout writer,” she has created, in just six tunes, a seamless song journey that begins with a gentle invocation (“Love Come Down”), ends with a lullaby (“Until Then”) and gracefully travels to a few dark American landscapes in between.  From love ballad to social history, every song is personal.   

The scope of the EP can be seen by the choice of musicians. Jazz trumpeter Tom Halter (Either Orchestra) explores haunting new directions on four songs. “ Mississippi River,  Mississippi Town "the electric ebow guitar of  Dave Minehan (The Neighborhoods, The Replacements.) He also co-produced the song. On “The Ghost of Emmett Till,” Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary) adds his quietly dramatic guitar and harmony vocals. The pianist Tim Ray (formerly with Lyle Lovett) is prominent, and plaintive, on “Almost Upon a Time.”  “Tamson Weeks” is sparked by violinist Mimi Rabson of the Really Esoteric String Quartet. It tells the story of  Hopkins' great-great aunt, a medicine woman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe. In addition to  Aquinnah Wampanoag,  Hopkins ' ancestry includes Nottoway (Iroquois), African-American, Irish and Portuguese. 

Many fans have commented on the beauty of Thea's vocals and lyrics. That sentiment was perhaps most succinctly stated by a former Bob Dylan tour manager, who described Thea Hopkins as "k.d. lang meets Leonard Cohen."  

Thea is available as a solo artist, as well as duo with bass. For information on her program, "In The Roundhouse: Contemporary Native American Music", please contact Daniel Gewertz email redrootsamericana@gmail.com.

 

 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Thea
Job Title/Position: 
Performing Songwriter
Physical Address: 
94 Beacon Street #72
Somerville, MA 02143
Last Name: 
Hopkins
Phone: 
617-868-4867

I am a Native American Artist

Native Heritage Designation: 
Native American
Tribal Status: 
Federally Recognized
Tribe Name: 
Aquinnah Wampanoag

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Folk
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - General
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Jazz
Music - Native American Drum
Music - Pop / Rock
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
2004
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Events Per Year: 
30
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Western Arts Alliance
Association Of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP)
Education: 
Berklee College of Music
Awards: 
Selected for the 2019 Wachoie Ahiya Indigenous Singer- Songwriter Intensive- Banff Arts Centre - Alberta CN
Western Arts Alliance - 2019 Native Launchpad Artist
Western Arts Alliance - 2018 Advancing Indigenous Performance Program
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation- 2017 Fellowship

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
2 vocal mic2 direct input for guitarsguitar & vox monitors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
5