JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE
Date: Wednesday, December 21st
Time: 11:30 PM – 12:30 AM (air time)
Television network: ABC
Multi-Grammy winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Al Green, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt) met soul singer-songwriter Tess Henley at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe last March. He selected Tess from over 10,000 contestants in Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 3 Competition. “I loved her tone and emotion and could hear an entire album with Tess” said Was.
He wasn’t kidding. Was painstakingly assembled a dream team of musicians at Hollywood’s Henson Recording Studios, the birthplace of celebrated projects like Carole King’s Tapestry, and Joni Mitchell’s Blue. The inner circle included James Gadson on drums (Beck, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers), James “Hutch” Hutchinson on bass (Bonnie Raitt, BB King, Al Green), Mark Goldenberg on guitar (Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt), Mike Finnigan on Hammond Organ (Jimi Hendrix, Michael McDonald), Michito Sanchez on percussion (Train, Aretha Franklin), and Henley on all keyboards.
Henley’s resulting “Wonderland” EP was produced substantially to feature her emotional voice, and give her soulful songs space. Catch Tess’ new music on the National ABC show, and be the first to download via Pre-sale at iTunes, GooglePlay or Amazon. The EP’s official release date is February 10th, but the single downloads instantly on itunes.