USA | 2021 PARTICIPANT
A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha’s Vineyard MA, performing songwriter Thea Hopkins calls her music – Red Roots Americana.
In March 2021, it was announced that Thea was the Grand Prize Winner of the 22nd Great American Song Contest for her song, “The Ghost Of Emmett Till”. The song was selected from over 1900 entries from 42 countries.
Her EP “Love Come Down,” was nominated for a 2019 Indigenous Music Award in the folk category, an international competition. In June 2019, Thea 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.