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 firstname.lastname@example.org.