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The beauty of Thea's voice is matched by the brilliance of her lyrics. ”

— -- Roberta Schwartz, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

About Thea

It may have been in the stars that Thea Hopkins would become a performing songwriter.

At the age of seventeen, Thea was sitting in a small café in Worcester MA, when a Hindu astrologer dining there also, approached her and guessed her birthday. He offered to do her chart for free, simply stating, “This has only happened a few times in my twenty years of doing astrology and when it happens, I always offer my services, free of charge.”

Much to her astonishment, one of the predictions he made was that she would become a songwriter. At this point, Thea had never picked up guitar, music was a side interest for her. (Though she had studied classical violin for several years, had an unabashed love of Broadway musicals and wrote poetry from an early age!)

In time, his prediction did come to pass. Thea did find her way to an acoustic guitar and though there were fits and starts, it is where she has made her artistic home: writing songs and bringing them into the world.

Her music has been described by a former Bob Dylan tour manager as “KD Lang meets Leonard Cohen”, “a voice with the mystery and power of the late great Nick Drake” by performing songwriter Susan Werner and a “standout” by the Washington Post.

Peter, Paul & Mary recorded her song 'Jesus Is On The Wire' in 2004 and again in 2010, with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. It is considered one of their later signature songs. 'Jesus Is On The Wire' has been called 'chilling' and 'unforgettable' by the All Music Guide.

Her 2015 summer festival appearances included the Greenbelt Festival (Kettering UK), the Mosley Folk Festival (Birmingham, UK) the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival (Okemah,OK) and the Outside The Box Festival (Boston, MA). Her 2013 & 2014 UK & US festival appearances included International Festival of Arts & Ideas (CT), the Saltaire Festival (UK) and From A Distance - Festival of Americana Music (UK).

Artists Thea has opened in the US and in the UK, include John Lodge of the Moody Blues, Noel Paul Stookey, David Bromberg & Larry Campbell, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Hammond, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Maura O'Connell and Richie Furay.

Venues that have welcomed Thea and her music include the City Winery NYC, Museum of Fine Arts(MA), the Bluebird Cafe(TN), Club Passim (MA), Narrows Center For The Arts (MA), Johnny D's (MA), the Bitter End (NY), Band on the Wall (UK), the Atkinson (UK) and the Museum of American Folk Art (NY).

Her August 2014 performance at the Atkinson was described as “superb” by Fatea Magazine (UK).

A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, Thea is honored to be a 2016 recipient of a fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Her ancestry also includes African-American, Nottoway (Iroquois), Irish and Portuguese.

Thea is currently recording a new CD, scheduled to be released in early 2018.

Press links

"Superb"
Review Of Live Show "Grateful Fred's Presents At The Atkinson" August 6, 2014  http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/2014/TheaHopkins.html

"Thea Hopkins has a wonderfully sonorous voice, husky and full of character. She sounds as though she was made for country music and this mini-album is some of the best country I’ve heard in ages." http://www.music-news.com/showreview.asp?nReviewID=8982&nType=1

"The beauty of Thea's voice is matched by the brilliance of her lyrics." -- Roberta Schwartz, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange  

" An artist whose narratives drip with metaphor and imagery" -- Americana UK

"On album, Thea Hopkins' music is beautifully arranged, but solo, and onstage, her songs, -- stripped down to voice and guitar, are even more potent. All of her sensitivity, cleverness, and joy beams through. She's extraordinary." Programming director Wil Gregerson, (Sunday Concert Series, Warwick Public Library RI)

'Jesus Is On The Wire' "absolutely unforgettable" -- All Music Guide

'Jesus Is On The Wire' "is a modern classic" -- Roberta Schwartz, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

 PRAISE FOR "LILAC SKY

" Thea Hopkins - 'Lilac Sky' - review (9/10) March 2013 "The first track ‘Might’ve Stayed in Memphis’ showcases all that’s great about this album. It's a country track that gets a bit rockier on the chorus with musicianship that blends acoustic and steel guitars. Thea is an excellent songwriter with a memorably vivid lyrical lines and a fine ear for melody. These abilities shine on the title track of the album, ‘Lilac Sky' . 'Whatcha Gonna Do?’ is a well textured country song which blends guitars and mandola perfectly and lyrically is a spectacular tour de force." --Nick Browne www.WhisperinandHollerin.com

'Lilac Sky' - review (8/10) March 2013 "Rich, sultry, emotional, expressive..."
http://www.americana-uk.com/cd-reviews/item/thea-hopkinslilac-sky-independent-2013?category_id=175

"Thea Hopkins has a wonderfully sonorous voice, husky and full of character. She sounds as though she was made for country music and this mini-album is some of the best country I’ve heard in ages." http://www.music-news.com/showreview.asp?nReviewID=8982&nType=1

'Lilac Sky' - review (4/5) - Billybop (Belgium) - 28.1.13 http://www.billybop.be/admin/CDdetail.asp?ID=11423

"Striking and intriguing, with an extraordinary voice." http://www.johnnysgarden.eu/?q=content/thea-hopkins-lilac-sky Thea Hopkins – Lilac sky (2013)

"An excellent left of centre six song country mini album that is well worth putting on repeat play! http://www.americanrootsuk.com/january-2013.html "On "Lilac Sky," Boston singer-songwriter Thea Hopkins has chosen to release a modest number of songs. Each of these songs absolutely must be heard. " -- www.cntl.altcountry.be, Jan 2013

"The bottom line is that Thea Hopkins knows how to take an audience on a ride that touches the full range of human emotions. The beauty of Thea's voice is matched by the brilliance of her lyrics.” -– Roberta B. Schwartz, The Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

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