Thena’s Story

The concept of “overnight success” is foreign to an artist. Craft must be learned; skills must be honed; vision must come into focus. Thena’s story is no exception. Leaving home at 18 to be in a band with friends in Tennessee, she quickly realized that her passion was not in fronting a rock band, but in expressing herself through her songs and voice. Feeling drawn to LA, she moved back to California and studied vocal jazz under 8-time Grammy nominated Tierney Sutton and Count Basie Orchestra singer Carmen Bradford, at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Since graduating, Thena has worked with Grammy award-winning writer/producer Busbee, Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Barry Manilow, Will Gray, John Beasley,  and QD3 Productions (Quincy Jones 3rd), to name a few. Additionally, for the past decade Thena worked alongside the former manager of Tupac Shakur, Leila Steinberg, performing and workshopping for her non-profit organization.

In 2008 Thena’s long-time mentor Tierney Sutton invited her to take on a teaching position in the vocal department at the Los Angeles College of Music. Thena accepted, and went on to head the Songwriting Program, the Mentorship Program, and teach vocal performance classes, until the birth of her second child in 2013. She and her husband Ted recently released their collaborative album entitled Something of Tomorrow, under the name “The Beams.” Thena has four self-released albums to date and is a member of ASCAP. She recently relocated to the Sacramento area with her sweet husband and two boys, who are the joy of her life.