Originally starting out behind the kit as a drummer, Tiina transitioned to singing after years of writing lyrics and learning songs on guitar.
DÉTENTE: The band headlined a European tour in 2010 and released the internationally acclaimed album Decline, recorded with renowned Metal Blade producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Corrosion Of Conformity).
TORTURED SOULS: Released in October of 2011, Tiina recorded co-vocals and appeared in the video for “I Feel Strange Love” (Depeche Mode medley) with musician/actor/director Vincent McLean‘s goth-metal, art performance band Tortured Souls.
The song/video (and accompanying indie film, Malea Beloved) has been featured in many film festivals around the world including Cinerockom/Cannes, France and was the WINNER of the First Glance Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA.
DIG COMICS!: Teal also co-produced and starred 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.
Dig Comics! won ‘Best Documentary’ at the San Diego Comic Con International Film Festival and screened in various cities at dozens of other prestigious film festivals (Cannes, Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York).
Tiina enlisted support for the project from other industry artists/companies such as Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner), Darkhorse Entertainment (Sin City, Hell Boy) and The Uslan Company (Batman, The Dark Knight).
HISTORY: Tiina originally moved to Los Angeles (twice!) via Washington State after being inspired by the jazz protest singing of Miss Nina Simone, the artfulness of Jarboe (Swans), the beauty of Jeff Buckley, the lust of Led Zeppelin and the emotional noise-makings of Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad).
The first band that she formed was the all-female metal group, Burn The Empire.
Burn The Empire soon morphed into a politically charged, multi-ethnic, multi-everything band…eventually winning L.A.’s “Best Anti-War Band” award.
Burn The Empire was also featured on an episode of The Learning Channel’s popular reality show, ‘Making Over The Band‘, and played a concert – post makeover – at The Knitting Factory for the show’s finale.
A versatile singer, she’s able to keep company with the extreme metal crowd by invoking deep growls and ear-piercing screams. However, she also loves to passionately belt out meaningful lyrics, pitch-perfect melodies and multi-cultural vocal traditions – especially Middle Eastern harmonics.
She also does a damn good Don Knotts impression.
Tiina is available for vocal session work of any kind and is currently working on a new music project with DÉTENTE founder/bassist Steve Hochheiser .
Please contact her with inquiries below. All are welcome!