Raspy-voiced singer-songwriter Tess Dunn has accomplished more in 19 years than many performers twice her age. Hailing from Santa Cruz, California, Tess will release her third EP of original alternative pop rock music at Warped 2014. Reviewers and fans have described Tess as fearless, a songwriting phemon, a creative wunderkind, feisty, witty, a smartass. Packing endless talent and energy into her five-foot frame, Tess will be returning to Warped for her sixth year to rock it with her full band.
Playing keyboards and keytars, Tess has been on stage since she was 13, recording her first EP, "Darling Just Walk," with award-winning singer-songwriter Ari Shine and LA-based engineer Dan Burns (Puscifer, Carina Round) at the young age of 14. Described by many as an old soul, Tess's lyrics were said by one reviewer to "hit with the energy of Blink 182 and the emotional intensity of a Fiona Apple ballad." Her second EP, "Honesty Box," recorded with Noah Shain (Dead Sara, Skrillex) and Ari Shine, ramped up the energy, leading another reviewer to gush, "If Hayley Williams and Avril Lavigne were to spontaneously have a lovechild, Tess Dunn would definitely be the outcome." Her third EP, "Daydreamers," was recorded with Ari Shine and Sean Flora (The Shins, The Black Keys) at the legendary Jackpot! Recording Studios in Portland. With a powerful vocal range that goes from raspy lows to crystal clear highs, Tess is a consistent crowd pleaser who pulls her audience into her performance bliss.
Tess jokes that she is having a mid-life crisis at the age of 19. A bit of black humor, in light of her battles with epilepsy and cystic fibrosis, a disease which cuts one's life expectancy to the late 30's. Tess is on a mission to get her music heard, and the sooner the better. In addition to her three EPs, Tess has contributed songs to two compilation albums, and her music has been scored in a soon-to-be-released indie film. The subject of a Vans Off The Wall TV "Pass the Bucket" segment, as well as two other national film projects, Tess receives messages from fans around the world who are inspired by her kickass attitude, and refusal to bow to life's unfair hand.
Make 2014 your year to discover Tess Dunn. Come hear her this summer, and make sure to stick around to say a personal hello.