Internationally touring songwriter Thea Hopkins creates concise, striking narratives, that tell of romance, tragedy and triumph in modern terms. Roberta Schwartz, of the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange has written, "the beauty of Thea's voice is matched by the brilliance of her lyrics." The Washington Post described her as a "standout songwriter."
In July it was announced, that Thea has been selected by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation as a 2016 fellow.
Thea's summer 2015 tour of England included performances at the Greenbelt Festival and the Mosley Folk Festival. This was her third tour of England in three years. In 2013 and 2014, Thea toured England in support of her highly praised 2013 EP 'Lilac Sky'. Her August 2014 of England kicked off in Manchester opening for David Bromberg & Larry Campbell. Other performances in England have included Grateful Fred's Presents At The Atkinson, the Green Note in London, the Saltaire Festival, the Brunswick, the Guitar Bar and the "From A Distance- Festival of Americana Music".
Her US 2015 festival appearances included the Woody Guthrie Festival (OK) and the and the Outside The Box Festival (MA).
Thea first came to greater notice in 2004, with the recording of her song 'Jesus Is On The Wire' by Peter, Paul & Mary. It is recognized as one of their later signature songs. 'Jesus Is On The Wire' has been called 'chilling' and 'unforgettable' by the All Music Guide. Peter, Paul & Mary wrote: “Thea Hopkins is one of the most literate, poetic, emotionally moving of the new songwriters to arrive on the scene in the last few years."
Thea Hopkins' songs reflects the sturdy virtues that are native to American popular music. Her 2008 CD "Chickasaw" received a 4 star review from Britain's Maverick Magazine. "Thea Hopkins possesses a voice that stands up to her material," wrote Americana-UK. And Susan Werner wrote: "It's a voice with the mystery and power of the late, great Nick Drake.”
She is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard. She also boasts Nottoway (Iroquois), African-American, Irish, French and Portuguese ancestry.
Thea has opened for Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, Maura O'Connell, Peggy Seeger, Susan Werner, John Hammond, Ellis Paul, and Brooks Williams. She's performed at many venues including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Club Passim, Johnny D's, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe and the Sundance Film Festival.
She is currently recording an album, to be released in early 2017.