Music Video::: “Raven Fly” (As heard on MTV’s hit show “Awkward.” )(All songs written, arranged and performed by Girl Named T. All songs are FCC clean)
San Francisco-based Theresa Sawi has been playing in Bay Area bands and recording music since she was fifteen years old. She learned (often teaching herself) drums, guitar, bass, keys and how to sing and write songs, steadily developing into the one-woman music machine currently known as Girl Named T.
Inspired by great British and American pop records of the 1960s along with the dissonant noises of Pixies, Nirvana, and The Velvet Underground, Girl Named T prides herself on making catchy, accessible pop music without being boring or cliché. She has been heard on MTV’s show “Awkward”, was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, has released two albums and toured internationally.
Although exposed to music from a very young age, it was during the formative teen years that Girl Named T learned (often teaching herself) drums, guitar, bass, keys and how to sing and write songs. Influenced by The Beatles, Pixies, The Beach Boys, X, Smokey Robinson, Neil Young, Nirvana, Carol King and many other artists, T began writing and recording her own material to try and capture the timeless songwriting that had entranced her to music in the first place.
Just shy of her 20th birthday, she released Hey Liebe, her first full-length album of original pop/rock material . Featured on some tracks are Chris Solberg on bass (Santana/Eddie Money) and Steve Taylor on keys (Rogue Wave), but mostly just Girl Named T on all the instruments. “Just remember to mention me when you get your Grammy,” writes the album’s mixing/mastering engineer John Cuniberti ( Joe Satriani, The Dead Kennedys). Before she was drinking age, she licensed her song “Raven Fly” to MTV for use on their hit series, Awkward., (Ep. 2).
More recently, Girl Named T has performed live on ABC Television, was written up by photographer Pat Johnson in BAM Magazine, and was ranked #9 on Live 105′s “Top Ten Artists/Bands You Didn’t See on the Top 20 List of 2011″. She was also interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, about a new guitar video game called Rocksmith (it’s like Guitar Hero, but you use a real guitar!). She was also a feature on the Epiphone guitar website.
Summer 2012 brought Girl Named T’s sophomore album, “Wait By the Rabbit Hole”, produced in part by John Cuniberti. The lushly-orchestrated, pint-sized indie/rock record was as inspired by the off-kilter songwriting of Pixies and Nirvana as by The Beach Boys’ concept of the ”pocket symphony”, and features Elliott Peltzman (keyboardist, Stone Foxes) on the title track.
T has toured nationally and abroad, played clubs continuously throughout the Bay Area for 3 years, conceptualized and shot two music videos and raised hundreds of dollars for needy causes. She’s now and will forever be writing material for the next album.
Full page spread in the
96 Hours Entertainment Section (3/15/12) (online version)
Live 105′s “Top Ten Artists/Bands You Didn’t See on the Top 20 List of 2011″ “Multitalented artist from San Francisco who plays all her own instruments… Make sure you keep an eye on her in 2012.” - White Menace, Live 105 DJ (1/5/12)
Write-up in BAM Magazine by Pat Johnson (bammagazine.com) Her music is very light-hearted and quirky, and it will put a smile on your face…Not only is she extremely talented, she is a shy and lovely person to photograph. Take a minute and listen to her. You won’t be disappointed. (1/6/12)
Theresa Sawi (Girl Named T) on NPR’s “All Things Considered” – interviewed by Laura Sydell (10/25/11) (Transcript)
“…after just a couple of songs it was evident that she possessed a special presence and powerful delivery…the young singer/songwriter had a magnetic charm, with a voice that was warm and soulful on quiet tunes, and fiery and just as rich when she raised the volume on spirited songs like ‘Beautiful’” – Jason Cassidy, News & Review (Chico)
“Compared to female indie contemporaries such as Ingrid Michaelson or Mirah, T employs a mainstream sound… these tunes are catchy as hell. T’s vocals can be incredibly powerful and, thanks to some Beatles-esque harmonies, beautiful now and again.” – Alex de Vore, Santa Fe Reporter
“T sings and plays folk-threaded rock with a genuineness that transforms her songwriting into a story-telling experience.” – Kristen Kim, The Morning After Pill Blog
“As far as the art of the album goes, Bay Area scene veteran Theresa “T” Sawi has it down. Hey Liebe, her long-awaited full-length debut under the Girl Named T moniker, is almost perfect in terms of the form of the album, and it plays almost like an early Beatles album….it’s a pop album in the best sense–a well-crafted collection of honest, unpretentious songs that whoosh by but stick in your head.” – Daniel Bromfield, SF Rebirth
“…recommended if you like your music sunny-side-up with a hint of indie folk semi-acoustic goodness” – Loni Lonz, Raindrop Residence