Since the release of her EP, Love Come Down, in fall 2018, there have been major strides forward in Thea Hopkins’ career. First, the album was nominated for a 2019 Indigenous Music Award in the folk category, an international competition. In the summer of 2019, Thea performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as part of the grand opening of its new theater complex, REACH. She also performed at the Summertyne Americana Festival in Newcastle, England.
To cap off the year, Thea, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha’s Vineyard, MA, was selected by the Western Arts Alliance as a 2019 Native Launchpad Artist, an award which includes a major grant and a three-year artist development program.
Love Come Down is Thea’s fourth album, but the first helmed by a producer (Mike Davidson of Boston’s Plaid Dog Studios). Even while in the recording stages there was support for the production. First, her fans pitched in with Indiegogo crowd-funding. Then, Thea was awarded a generous fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, which allowed for the rest of the project to be completed.