We had the good fortune of connecting with Tess Mon Pére and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tess, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve been in love with music for my entire life. I’ve sang since before I could even speak and began playing the piano at around 5 years old. As a child, I was constantly writing new songs and putting on concerts for my family members and classmates. I remember my first time performing in front of a large audience at my school’s talent show at eight years old and knowing that that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Being able to connect emotionally with a crowd of people through my music was an irreplaceable feeling. I loved singing on stage and I knew that if I worked hard enough, I could do it for the rest of my life. My mother always told me that if I found a career in a field that I loved, that I would never have to “work” a day in my life. This is a fact that has been engrained in my mind and has made me even more certain that building a career in music is what I am meant to do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As I am growing in my career, I am discovering that my music is really starting to reflect who I am as a person. I was raised in a multicultural household and I love to travel, so celebrating culture is very important to me. I have been classically trained vocally, but I have a great love for pop and R&B. That comes across in the instruments and vocals in my music and a lot of the imagery that is used in my music video. I’m really excited about that because I have always been taught that music is the universal language. My music is R&B/pop with a little bit of sparkle mixed in. I got to where I am with a lot of hard work and some luck. Growing up, I trained in music constantly. I was always volunteering to sing for events in my hometown. I started posting videos of my singing online. One day, my uncle sent one of my videos to a friend of his that was a talent scout with an online international singing contest called Musicash. That was my first introduction to the music industry and that is how my current label found me.
I wish I could say that it’s been sunshine and rainbows since then, but, like what happened to most people, COVID-19 had other plans. At the beginning of the pandemic I was still in high school, new to Los Angeles just getting started on writing the music for my album. But suddenly the world came to a standstill. Since then, we have had to learn a whole new way of doing things in the music industry. Thankfully, it really gave me time to figure who I am as an artist because I feel like I am a very different person than I was a year ago.
I think one of the greatest lessons that I’ve learned so far is that success is not a straight line. I think that a lot of people have this vision that if you keep moving forward you keep moving up the ladder or success. I have learned that it is most often more like a maze where sometimes you take a wrong turn or you have to go backwards for a little bit. And sometimes you find yourself on a completely different path than you originally planned. But what’s most important is to just keep going, keep working and try to enjoy the journey.
What I would like people to know most about my art is that it celebrates the journey of life and all that comes with it. It’s sexy and sultry, but fun and playful too. My music explores love, heartache, happiness, and all of the other things that come with truly living in this beautiful world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There’s an array of beautiful spots in this city that I am so excited to share with my friends and family. First, I love hiking at Griffith Park. There’s a spot there called “Dante’s Point” that I’m convinced is the most peaceful place in Los Angeles. The trees are filled with uplifting quotes, the plants have vibrant flowers, and past the cliff is a beautiful view of the city. Second, the Americana is a beautiful location with great a great shopping scene and numerous restaurants. Finally, I would love to take my friends to Manhattan Beach Pier at night.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a huge shoutout to my family, teachers, and my management for believing in me and making my music career possible. Thank you to my parents and grandparents for all of their support and for forever being my number one fans. Thank you to my siblings: Logan, Mason, and Ava for always encouraging me and for sitting through all of my long concerts I put on in the living room as a child. Thank you to my incredible vocal teachers, Mr. & Mrs. Bishop for all of the opportunities they’ve brought into my life and for always believing in me. Finally, thank you to J & Jerraldine Marino for helping me make my career dreams a reality.