Tristan Prettyman

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Tristan Prettyman
Tristan Prettyman, 2014
Tristan Prettyman, 2014
Background information
Birth nameTristan Ann Prettyman
Born (1982-05-23) May 23, 1982 (age 38)
Del Mar, California
OriginSan Diego, California[1]
InstrumentsVocals, acoustic guitar
LabelsVirgin, Capitol

Tristan Ann Prettyman[2] (born May 23, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter and former Roxy model from San Diego, California. She was signed to Virgin Records until 2013 and released her first major label album Twentythree on August 2, 2005, followed by her second album Hello...x which was released on April 15, 2008.[3] Her third studio album, Cedar + Gold, was released on October 2, 2012.[4] On October 27, 2014, Prettyman independently released an EP, "Back To Home".[5][6] She toured throughout the United States with Eric Hutchinson in support of his City and Sand tour during the fall of 2014.[7]

Early life[edit]

Tristan Prettyman on stage.jpg

Prettyman was born and raised in the town of Del Mar in San Diego County, California.[1] Prettyman began taking surfing as an elective at her junior high school at the age of 12.[8] She competed in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) High School Division and earned fifth place in the state championship while still in middle school.[citation needed] She attended Torrey Pines High School in neighboring Carmel Valley.

Around the age of 15, Prettyman was given a mix tape of Ani DiFranco's music.[9] Prettyman began playing around with her father's old acoustic guitar. Although her parents were initially angry with her for "taking" the guitar, they eventually became supportive of her interest in music.[citation needed]

Prettyman began playing in front of friends and an employee of the production company The Moonshine conspiracy overheard Prettyman play and asked her to appear in the company's film Shelter. Prettyman's song "Anything at All" was eventually featured on the film's soundtrack.[citation needed]


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Prettyman began her career playing locally in clubs and bars throughout San Diego County before being invited to join Jason Mraz on his national tour. Prettyman spent winter 2004 in New York collaborating with producer Josh Deutsch.[citation needed]

Twentythree, Prettyman's first album, was released on August 2, 2005,[10] when she was 23 years old. The title pays homage to the 23 Enigma, a concept referring to the abnormally high occurrence of the number 23 in daily life as described in the book Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson. The album peaked at number 24 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.[1][10] Prettyman's second album, Hello...x, was released in 2008 and sold 18, 187 copies in its first week, debuting at 27 on the Billboard 200.[11]

Prettyman plays and endorses Taylor Guitars, as well as Fender & Gretsch.[citation needed] A former Roxy model and avid surfer, Prettyman was interviewed by Men's Fitness in 2008 and questioned about surfing and staying active while on tour.[9]

In June 2012, "My Oh My", the first single from Prettyman's third studio album Cedar + Gold was released.[12] Cedar + Gold was released on October 2, 2012, and peaked at number 47 on the Billboard 200 and 19 on US Top Digital Albums.[13] The music video for the album's second single, "I Was Gonna Marry You", also debuted on October 2.[14] Prettyman toured with The Script in October and November 2012 in support of the album.[15] "Say Anything" from Cedar + Gold is featured in the 2013 film Safe Haven and accompanying soundtrack of Nicholas Sparks's novel.

On October 27, 2014, Prettyman released her EP "Back to Home." It is her first independently released album in ten years.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2013, Prettyman announced on Twitter and Facebook that she was engaged to venture capitalist Bill Maris. On August 26, 2014, she announced on social media that she and Maris had married at Kruger National Park in South Africa.[16][17] On February 17, 2015, she announced on social media that she was expecting their first child.[18][19] and their son Kylo Evergreen Maris was born on August 26, 2015.[20] In July 2018, Prettyman announced on her blog that she and Maris were ending their marriage.[21]



Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hoard, Christian (August 25, 2005), "Tristan: Prettyman: Twentythree". Rolling Stone. (981):103
  2. ^ "California Births, 1905 – 1995". May 2, 1982. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Q&A with Newlywed, TRISTAN PRETTYMAN – Talks Getting Married In South Africa, Her Upcoming Album, + Her Tour Which Kicks Off This Monday! – All Access Music". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Video Post". August 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "tristanprettyman on Twitter". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "tristanprettyman on Twitter". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "Eric Hutchinson & Tristan Prettyman Are Touring Together This Fall". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Girl On: Tristan Prettyman – Surf". Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Marder, Ariane. "Tristan Prettyman". Men's Fitness. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  10. ^ a b Sanneh, Kelefa (July 31, 2005). "THE WEEK AHEAD: July 31-Aug. 6; POP/JAZZ". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  11. ^ LaDonne, Rob. "For Carmel Valley native Tristan Prettyman, tribulations lead to musical triumph". Del Mar Times. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  12. ^ "Tristan Prettyman's new single 'My Oh My': hear it here". Entertainment Weekly. June 20, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  13. ^ "Tristan Prettyman". Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "News – LOOK: Tristan Prettyman 'Cedar + Gold' LP Out TODAY; New Video For "I Was Gonna Marry You"". October 2, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  15. ^ "Tristan Prettyman Confirms Tour With The Script". October 8, 2012. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012.
  16. ^ "Instagram post by Tristan Prettyman Maris Aug 26, 2014 at 2:25pm UTC". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  17. ^ "Tristan Prettyman". Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  18. ^ "Tristan Prettyman". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  19. ^ "Instagram post by Tristan Prettyman Maris • Feb 17, 2015 at 10:21pm UTC". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  20. ^ "Instagram post by Tristan Prettyman Maris • Aug 26, 2015 at 10:32pm UTC". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  21. ^ "Love is a commitment."Love is not a relationship, love is a commitment… to love. So that if.. : Blog : Tristan Prettyman". Retrieved April 13, 2020.

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