SDSU student gives 'healthy' dose of soul
Review in The Daily Aztec at San Diego State University Contessa Black shows off her talents on her debut album "Sick Woman" “Contessa Black boasts an impressive track record, performing at many well-known venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, as well as singing back up for Josh Groban’s hit song “You Raise Me Up.” Black has maintained her unique voice while breaking into the music industry, even releasing her own album, “Sick Woman (Looking for a Hea
"Come over here and listen..."
Review in the L.A. Jazz Scene Newspaper The cover of this debut CD shows a beautiful and sexy young woman giving a look like “Come over here and listen to what I have to say to you…” And from the beginning, I’m listening…and you will be too. All music and lyrics by Contessa Black (aka Tessa Hendrie) shows a young woman with an old soul who sings the Blues, with Jazz sensibilities. Obviously comfortable with her solid band, they all make magic together, with dynamics, solid
"Local Girl Makes Good"
Cover Story: The American Foothill: Contessa Black, Local Gal Makes Good! TUJUNGA – Contessa Black was born and raised with a Sunland/Tujunga diversity of talent. At the McGroarty Arts Center, she took her first dance and piano lessons; at Paschova Studios, she discovered hip-hop with professional New York dancers; learned swimming at the Y and riding horses on the trails. Tucked away in our town, are wonderful venues for established musicians as well as newcomers. At the
“Sick Woman – looking for a healthy man”
Review in "The American Foothill" I’m not much of a music critic. If I like it, I review it. Simple. In my opinion, Contessa Black possesses one of the loveliest, most supple young jazz voices I’ve heard in years. Sunland-Tujunga seems to be a breeding ground for amazing bands and vocalists. Meeting Contessa in the TFP offices, was really an understatement of what was to come. Look, I won’t try to wow you with pseudo experience of music, but I will tell you, I forgot that t
"Blues Woman Treasure"
Review - Applejam-blues.com (Japanese Blues Website) "The fever with which she perseveres is the factor which will make you want to become a supporter." "The atmosphere makes a cool, sexy impression." "Interesting contrast of funk-rockin' blues and swing jazz." "She is gorgeous, what else do you expect?!" "I love #2 "It's About Time" the best. Play this at a club; this song will make your cheap liquor taste great." #BluesSinger #JazzSinger #Review #News #AlbumRelease
"Vocalist Contessa Black is happy about the blues"
Interview in: "The San Gabriel Valley Tribune", "The Pasadena Star News" and "The Whittier Daily News" "Contessa Black has spent the past few years getting her licks down…In September, she released her first album, "Sick Woman (Looking for a Healthy Man)" (Contessa Black Music), which reflects her background, along with influences from a range of genres. "I have been singing jazz professionally for seven years now, but my main passion has been blues and the feeling that com