Tess Wiley

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Wiley performing in 2015

Tess Wiley (Born November 5, 1974 in Houston) is an American musician currently living in Germany.[1] [2]


Early life[edit]

Tess Wiley is the daughter of a Grammy nominated arranger/producer/musician Fletch Wiley {"Take Me Back"; Andrae Crouch and the Disciples, Soul Gospel category, 1975. "Music Machine: Part II, children's category; 1984}, and author/poet mother, Kathryn Wiley. Tess showed an interest in music and songwriting from an early age, adding Create In Me a Clean Heart and Tender Shepherd to her repertoire at the age of two. She began to play the piano at the age of five, then the violin at 12, and the guitar finally at age 14. She wanted to make her musical style along the lines of Slash, but hardcore riffing soon gave way to contemplative songwriting. Tess spent her high school years playing and singing in the band Nothing in Return while also studying classical piano at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas.


In 1994 and 1995, Wiley joined the band Sixpence None the Richer on their European and American tours and wrote the "Disconnect" for their second record, This Beautiful Mess. Wiley left the band shortly after the American tour and began recording her songs under various names such as Splendora, Phantasmic and Tess Wiley and her Orchestra. She also lent her vocals to Velour 100 on Of Color Bright in 1997. Wiley then moved to Germany, where she married photographer/music video director/journalist/Hessenmob Skateboards CEO Christian Roth and stayed in his hometown of Giessen. Wiley has returned to America periodically, including to New York City, to record her debut record Rainy Day Assembly. In 2004, Wiley released her second full length album, Not Quite Me. Wiley's third album, Superfast Rock n' Roll Played Slow was released by Tapete Records in 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Tess was married to Christian Roth and in 2005 they had their first son, Henry Fletcher Roth.


  1. ^ http://www.wileyrock.de/php/biography.php
  2. ^ http://www.tapeterecords.de/artists/tess-wiley/ (in German)