Tess Wiley
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Tess Wiley

Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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Superfast Rock n' Roll Played Slow (release date April 27, 2007)
Not Quite Me (2004) feat. singles "Not Quite Me" and "This Shadow" which received highest rotation on German radio
Rainy Day Assembly (2001)


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Tess began following her bliss at the tender age of five when she tried her hands at the piano. Over the years came violin and guitar, and she attended a performing arts high school, focussing on classical piano. After graduating, she toured Europe and America with Sixpence none the Richer and Velour100. She ended up marrying a German and moving to central Germany, but that didn't stop her from recording her debut album in New York City in a high-end mobile recording studio (at least when it wasn't on location at the many MTV, VH1 or other live events around the Big Apple.) Tess now finds herself an artist on the rapidly growing independent German label Tapete Records. Her third record entitled Superfast Rock n' Roll Played Slow will be released in April of 2007.
The album was mainly recorded at home with some help from friends around the world, thanks to the invention of digital recording and Macintosh's iDisk. Using that technology, for example, Buddy Miller was able to record a guitar track to Tess's countryfied hearbreaker "Crying for you". Other tracks such as the record's opener "Halfway Through" were performed almost exclusively by Tess - even the drums - with a bit of help from the bass player of the band with whom she occasionally performs live.
It's hard to sum up the style of this record, but with influences ranging from Björk to Willie Nelson, that's understandable. A little bit of Americana, some folk mixed with pop, sometimes sad and heart-wrenching, but always with a sense of hope that characterizes her songwriting style, this collection of songs spotlights Tess's range of musical styles as well as allowing a peek into her broad emotional spectrum. And as a treat at the end of the CD, Tess even sings a song in German.