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Tekla's first public performance was at the age of 4, singing at a family member's wedding. With an Alaskan folk musician for a mom, Tekla grew up around music, appearing at the Southeast Alaska State Fair and Alaska Folk Festival as a child with her sister, her mother and her mother's various musical cohorts such as Dan Minuskin and Myrna Ukelele.
The family relocated to California where Tekla became immersed in choir, learning classical vocal techniques with the remarkable Denise Hedlind, Dr. Donald Kendrick as a member of the California State University, Sacramento University Chorus and Kerry March while singing with the Vox 2 vocal jazz ensemble.
Tekla heard her musical calling after college and a brief non-musical stint when she realized how important music and the performance arts were to her. In 2009 she became a member of the Americana/Folk band, Blvd Park (Sacramento, CA), who toured extensively across the U.S. and released two independent albums together. The band relocated to Seattle, WA together and achieved a mild level of success including having their song, "It Ain't Gonna Be Easy" featured on the Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union's "Homegrown - Roadtrip music from the great state of Washington" compilation album and being invited to audition for the television show, America's Got Talent by the show's producers. The band split in 2013.
With plenty of original music to work with, Tekla began putting her own band together in 2013, starting off as a duo with Bill Riach on drums and gradually expanding into a six person outfit. The group now includes Dune Butler on upright bass and backing vocals, Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews on keys and backing vocals and Mike Thornhill on lead guitar. Calling heavily on musical influences such as The Cowboy Junkies, Neko Case, Gillian Welch, Sera Cahoone, Eileen Jewel, Wilco and Tom Waits, the Sweet Nothings are a blend of country, Americana, folk and blues.
Tekla frequently lends her vocals to others for recordings and live appearances including Aaron Zig, Sam Russell and the Harbor Rats, General Mojo's Key Project, Jeff Kanzler, David Buhler, The Walkabouts, Read and Destroy, and Honey Noble and is an active member of Seattle's Bushwick Book Club, a group of artists who create work in response to literature.
Tekla has hosted a weekly open mic night for the past four years, most recently at the Bourbon Bar in the Columbia City Theater, which she now shares with the amazingly talented singer/songwriter, Samantha Lynn.