Leaving her home in California at 18 to be in a band with friends in Tennessee, Thena quickly realized that her passion was not in fronting a band, but in expressing herself through her songs and voice. After 3 years in Tennessee and tons of local performances, Thena moved back to California to study vocal jazz under 9-time Grammy-nominated Tierney Sutton, and Count Basie Orchestra singer Carmen Bradford, at the USC Thornton School of Music. After graduating, Thena went on to work with Grammy nominated writer/producer Busbee, Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Will Gray, John Beasley and Quincy Jones III, among others. 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 found and head the Songwriting Program, head the Mentorship Program, and teach Vocal Performance, until the birth of her second child in 2013. In 2012 Thena’s songs were finalists in both the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), and Chris Tomlin’s FQ Worship Songwriting Event. The same year, Thena and her husband Ted 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 currently lives in the Sacramento area with her sweet husband and two boys, who are the joy of her life. To hear about the spiritual side of Thena’s journey, read this post from her faith blog.