Originally starting out behind the kit as a drummer, Tiina transitioned to singing after years of writing lyrics and learning songs on guitar. Having been influenced by the righteous protest singing of Nina Simone as well as the emotional noise makings of Jarboe and Strapping Young Lad’s Devin Townsend, she moved to Los Angeles and formed an all-female metal group that morphed into the politically charged band Burn The Empire which won L.A.’s ‘Best Anti-War Band’ award.
She later studied with extreme metal vocal coach Rodney McGlothlin and collaborated with McGlothlin on various music projects. Teal has also sung with other varied acts such as Voltairine, Lex Cadaver & Death Benefit. A versatile singer, she’s able to keep company with the extreme metal crowd by invoking demon growls & screams as well as passionately belting out meaningful lyrics, melodies and harmonic ideas.
In 2009, she was recruited to write and perform with the legendary thrash metal/punk band DÉTENTE. DÉTENTE headlined a tour in Europe in 2010 and released the internationally acclaimed album Decline, recorded with Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Corrosion Of Conformity). Decline debuted in the top 5 on the CMJ Loud Rock charts, had international radio airplay and secured nationwide physical product placement in retail chains F.Y.E., Hastings and Fry’s Entertainment stores.
Released in October of 2011, Tiina recorded guest vocals on the song + video ‘I Feel Strange Love’ (Depeche Mode medley) for the gothic/metal/art performance band Tortured Souls. The song and video feature Tiina doing most of the low growls and brutal screams while taking more of the ‘male vocal’ role in juxtaposition to the other female vocalists singing on the song.
She also participated and acted in Dig Comics!, an award winning short film about the under-appreciated art form of comic books in America and the revolution to bring them back as a popular artistic medium.
Tiina is available for vocal session work of any kind and is working on forming a new music project this year.
Please contact her with any inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org