Twenty-two year-old San Francisco-based Theresa Sawi has been playing in bands and recording original music in the San Francisco Bay Area since she was 15 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 1960′s 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.
In the last year she has toured Europe, been heard on MTV’s hit show “Awkward”, was named by local commercial radio station Live 105 one of the top ten “Band/Artists Who Didn’t Make the Top 20 List”, and was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” as well as in The San Francisco Chronicle, Northern California’s largest newspaper.
Although exposed to music from a very young age, it was during the formative teen years that 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, Stevie Wonder, 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.
Girl Named T’s latest album, Wait By the Rabbit Hole, is a lushly-orchestrated, pint-sized indie/rock record equally inspired by The Beach Boys’ concept of the “pocket symphony” as the off-kilter songwriting of Fiona Apple. Produced in part by John Cuniberti (Dead Kennedys, Tracy Chapman) and featuring organist Elliott Peltzman (The Stone Foxes) the title track of the album.
Summer of 2011, just shy of being drinking age T licensed her song “Raven Fly” to MTV for use on their hit series, Awkward., (Ep. 2).
At nineteen, 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.
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 theEpiphone guitar website.
After finishing four tours in the last three years (the most recent one in Europe), releasing a brand new record Wait By The Rabbit Hole, conceptualizing and shooting two music videos and and raising hundreds of dollars for needy causes, Girl Named T is now embarking on a NEW music video and recording fresh material, both slated for early 2013 release.