As the youngest of 13 children born to Mexican immigrant parents in San Antonio, Texas, Tish grew up listening to the traditional Mexican songs on her parents’ radio as well as to the pop and folk stations of the 60’s. Inspired by these diverse influences, she began playing guitar and singing, first for her family and then in local clubs and coffee houses. In 1979, she left her hometown for the mountains of New Mexico, where she discovered her love for pure and heartfelt country music. She started performing with legendary country musicians Michael Martin Murphy and Bill and Bonnie Hearne, which inspired her to begin writing her own songs - in English and Spanish.
After a stint in Nashville, Tish – by now married and mother of two children - moved back to New Mexico where she made her first independent release (Taos to Tennessee – 1987), before re-locating to Austin, TX, where she was eagerly welcomed by the city’s thriving music scene. In 1988, she was signed by A&M Records and finally achieved a national debut release. Homeland (1989), found her weaving all the threads of her artistic ethos into an intriguing tapestry that immediately put her on the international musical map.
Since then, a continuous stream of recordings and numerous American and European tours have brought Tish’s music to the attention of an ever-growing audience. To date, she has released 15 albums, all of which beautifully display her ability to distill her diverse musical influences and colorful life experiences into a sound which is distinctively her own. Her releases explore a wide variety of styles in a perfect balance of country, folk, pop and latino elements.
Tish has contributed her talent to numerous issues such as bilingual education, immigration and farm workers’ rights. She has also performed by invitation at the White House for Bill and Hillary Clinton. She has gained the respect and admiration of many well-established musicians, not only her contemporaries, but also some of those who were important early influences, including Linda Ronstadt, who recorded her own version of Tish’s song “Donde voy”. Amongst other artists that Tish has recorded and worked with are Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam and Pete Seeger.
Presently, Tish is dividing her time between Austin, Texas and Hamburg, Germany, where she is remarried and happily residing. Currently she is working on a new CD that should be released in spring 2012.