Seattle based singer/songwriter and 2018 Listen Up! Women in Music grant recipient, and 2019 Jack Straw Cultural Center recording grant recipient, Tekla Waterfield lives in the wide-open realm of Americana Roots music, incorporating elements of folk, country, indie, rhythm and blues, and soul. With influences ranging from Courtney Barnett to Aimee Mann, Jim James, Wilco, The Velvet Underground and Marvin Gaye, Waterfield aims to tell a story, paint a picture and evoke emotion with her songs.
Waterfield works with accomplished musicians, (Jeff Fielder, Mike Thornhill, Elise Suttie, Ryan Burns, Melissa Montalto, Aaron O'Neil, Eric Eagle, Dan Walker, Andy Stoller and more), to flush out a full band sound. For solo shows, she incorporates a stomp pedal, foot tambourine and harmonica along with her dynamic vocals and finger picking, rhythmic guitar.
Partnering with collaborator and husband, Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray) to produce her 2018 release, The Curtain Falls, garnered Waterfield critical acclaim and radio play. Her song, Rock and Roll Man was featuring in the closing credits of 2019 indie feature film, Dakota, which went on to receive "Best Original Music" in the Richmond VA International Film Festival, "Best of Metro DC" at the DC Independent Film Festival, "Best Actress", "Best Editing", "Best of NOVA", and "Best Score" at the North Virginia Film Festival.
Waterfield collaborated with Seattle videographer, Ryan Jorgenson, to create a music video for her song, Nice Try, was selected by One Reel to be screened/presented by the Seattle International Film Festival at the 2019 Bumbershoot Art and Music Festival.
Tekla co-created, curated and produced a successful tribute series, the Great Women of Country Tribute series, featuring dozens of local womxn musicians performing renditions of well-loved country greats. She also curated the line up for the 2017 Americana Festival with Gigs4U and Friends of the Waterfront Seattle. She's a founding member of the Womxn In Music Seattle group and volunteers at 91.3 KBCS as a live in-studio producer.