Tess is from Highland Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago, but currently lives in Nashville. Classically trained in voice, Tess also plays guitar and piano. In order to focus on her music, Tess attended Interlochen Arts Academy for her last two years of high school, as a singer-songwriter major. She graduated from Interlochen in the spring of 2017, and was awarded the prestigious Singer-Songwriter of the Year Award. Tess was also chosen by the Grammy Foundation to be one of two media correspondents at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Tess is currently attending Belmont University in Nashville as a songwriting major and writes pop music. Some of her musical influences are Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Frank Ocean.