Tessa Violet

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Tessa Violet
Violet in September 2018
Violet in September 2018
Background information
Born (1990-03-20) March 20, 1990 (age 31)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresIndie pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, video blogger, actress, music video director, former child model
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • ukulele
Years active2006–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitetessa-violet.com
YouTube information
Also known asMeekakitty
Channel
Genre
Subscribers1.83 million subscribers[1]
Total views173 million (April 16, 2021)[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Tessa Violet Williams (born March 20, 1990), previously known as Meekakitty, is an American singer-songwriter, video blogger, actress, music video director, and former model. Originally a video blogger, over the years Tessa Violet's online content became devoted to her musical career with Violet having released two studio albums, Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled in 2014 and Bad Ideas in 2019.

Early life and career[edit]

Violet grew up in Ashland, Oregon and performed in theatre productions while in high school. She began her Youtube channel in July 2006 and started daily vlogging in 2007 for a school project under the username Meekakitty when working in Hong Kong and Thailand as a fashion model.[2] However, she quit modeling by 2009. Violet's early content focused on storytelling, skits, and music videos, including fan-made music videos for popular artists such as Relient K, Family Force 5, and Mika.

After moving to New York City in 2009, Violet gained attention after winning $100,000 in a YouTube competition by receiving the most comments on her video entry.[2][3] In 2011, Violet was featured in fellow YouTube creator Nanalew's music video for the song "Sail" by Awolnation. The video went viral and has since amassed over 370 million views. On September 24, 2012, Violet appeared in the music video for "Cray Button" by Family Force 5.[4] She also directed the music video for the group's song "Chainsaw", featuring Tedashii.

Since beginning to record and release music in 2013, the focus of Violet's channel has shifted to her original music. She has also dropped the moniker Meekakitty, instead using her real name, Tessa Violet, across all platforms. It later became an official music channel in 2019.

Music[edit]

Violet released her[5] first album Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled on March 18, 2014. The album was produced by Seth Earnest at Maker Studios, with John Zappin as A&R.[6] Despite the lack of attention from traditional media sources, the record debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and sold 5,000 copies in the first three months.[7]

Violet released the lead single "Dream" from her EP Halloway on September 16, 2016.[8] The full EP was released October 14, 2016. She released videos for all songs on the project.[9]

In 2018, Violet revealed she was working on her second album, Bad Ideas.[10] "Crush," the first single from the record, was released June 15, 2018.[11] An accompanying music video directed by Big Forest was released on YouTube on the same day.[12] As of May 2021, the music video has reached over 82 million views on YouTube. The single led to Violet being featured on YouTube's Artist On The Rise.[13] The entire album was set to release on August 3, 2018[14] before an alteration in the album's release plan. The album's title track, "Bad Ideas," was released as a single on November 30, 2018.[15] "I Like (the idea of) You" came out in May 2019.[16] She released Bad Ideas (Act One) in July 2019, featuring remixes of the first three singles of the project.[17]

On October 25, Violet released her second album Bad Ideas. The album contains 11 tracks, 4 of which have been released as singles (Crush, Bad Ideas, I Like (the idea of) You, and Games). The song was released via the label T∆G MUSIC.[18]

Violet has also been involved in numerous musical collaborations. In December 2014, Violet teamed with fellow YouTube musician Rusty Clanton to form the band People You Know. The pair released a Christmas album called You, Me and Christmas, featuring four cover songs and one original song entitled "You and Christmas." She has also collaborated with Dodie Clark, Lauren Aquilina, Orla Gartland and Bry.

Violet cites artists such as Lorde, Bleachers, Lily Allen, Taylor Swift, cavetown, and Julia Michaels among her influences.[19]

Film[edit]

Violet played the role of Tricia in the 2016 independent film The Matchbreaker. Her song "Cash Cash Money" was included on the film's soundtrack.

Internet meme[edit]

At the beginning of 2019, Tessa Violet became a meme among Russian nationalists who began to publish photos and videos of the singer with the words “Let's Go Russians!” and jokingly proclaimed Tessa "Queen of the Russian state".[20] This culminated in a small group of Russian nationalists yelling "Let's Go Russians" during Violet's performance in Moscow in October 2019.[21]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat[22] US Indie[23]
Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled
  • Released: March 18, 2014
  • Label: Maker Music
  • Formats: CD-R, digital download
10 47
Bad Ideas
  • Released: October 25, 2019
  • Label: T∆G Music
  • Formats: LP, digital download
19 48

Collaborative albums[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Album details
Leaves and Branches
(as a member of People You Know)
  • Released: July 23, 2015[24]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Halloway
  • Released: March 18, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Bad Ideas (Act One)
  • Released: July 26, 2019
  • Label: T∆G Music
  • Formats: Vinyl, Digital download
Bad Ideas - The Remixes
  • Released: July 26, 2019
  • Label: T∆G Music
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Album details
"Dream" 2016 Halloway
"Not Over You"
"Crush" 2018 Bad Ideas
"Bad Ideas"
"I Like (the idea of) You" 2019
"Games"
(solo or with lovelytheband)
"Words Ain't Enough"
"Bored"
(solo or with MisterWives)
"Role Model"
(with daysormay)
2020 Non-album single
"Words Ain't Enough"
(with Chloe Moriondo)

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album details
"Where Did U Go"
(Pop Culture featuring Tessa Violet)
2017 Non-album singles
"Crush + Someone Like You Mashup"
(Pomplamoose featuring Tessa Violet)
2018
"Monster Mashup"
(Pomplamoose featuring Tessa Violet)
"Smoke Signals"
(Cavetown featuring Tessa Violet)
2020

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"I Wan'na Be Like You" 2016 N/A Everybody Loves Disney
"Cash Cash Money" The Matchbreaker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Feelings Are Fatal" 2019 mxmtoon plum blossom (the edits)

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Sorry I'm Not Sorry" 2016 Evan Spencer Bruce
"Dream" Isaac White
"Not Over You" Tessa Violet
"Haze" Sean O'Halloran
"On My Own" Shawna Howson
"I Don't Get to Say I Love You Anymore" Sean O'Halloran
"Crush" 2018 Jordan Harms & Isaac White
"Bad Ideas" Jade Ehlers
"I Like (the idea of) You" 2019
"Games" (official lyric video)
"Bored" 2020
"Words Ain't Enough" N/A
"Wishful Drinking" Rachel Reizin

YouTube songs[edit]

Title Year Album
"I Don't Get To Say I Love You" 2015 Halloway
"Boats and Birds"(Gregory and the Hawk cover) 2016 N/A
"Bird Song"
"I Wan'na Be Like You" Everybody Loves Disney
"Tennessee" Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled
"Lonely Boy"(The Black Keys song) N/A
"Not Over You(Acoustic) Halloway
"Brushing Teeth & Tangerines" N/A
"Polarize"
(Twenty One Pilots song)
"So This is Love" (Cinderella cover) (with Jon Cozart)
"Runaway"
"My Love, I Love You So Leaves and Branches
"Burn"(with dodie) N/A
"Make Out"(Julia Nunes cover)
"Make Me a Robot" Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled
"Hey There, Delilah"(Plain White T's cover) N/A
"Telescope"(Nashville cover) (with Bry and Candice)
"Moon Song"(Karen O cover) (with Hazel Hayes)
"Fly Me to the Moon"(cover) (with Hazel Hayes)
"Good Intentions"(with Maisie Peters)
"Now That We're Done" Maybe Trapped Mostly Torubled
"On My Own" (lofi) Halloway
"Last Christmas" (Wham! cover) (with Autumn Andersen) N/A
"Your Life Over Mine" (Bry cover) 2017
"Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry cover) (with dodie)
"Cannibal Queen" (Miniature Tigers cover)
"Crazy" (Patsy Cline cover) (with dodie)
"Interlude III" Bad Ideas
"Lil Acoustic Crush" 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Tessa Violet". YouTube.
  2. ^ a b Cohen, Stefanie (July 25, 2010). "Cashin' in on video". New York Post. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "19-Year-Old YouTube Vlogger Receives Over One Million Views and Wins $100,000 in Lashes to Riches Giveaway". PR Newswire / Beauty Biosciences. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  4. ^ Merge PR (September 25, 2012). "Family Force 5 Hits the "Cray Button" with new Video Premiere Featuring Lecrae". Breathecast. The Christian Post. Archived from the original (Web) on January 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled". All Music. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "Maybe Trapped Mostly Troubled". All Music. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  7. ^ Tessa Violet [@meekakitty] (March 27, 2014). "My album is #10 on @billboard 's Heatseekers chart!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Tessa Violet (September 16, 2016), Tessa Violet - Dream (official music video), retrieved September 27, 2016
  9. ^ "Tessa Violet - Halloway". Discogs.
  10. ^ Violet, Tessa (April 22, 2018). "a year of bad ideas". YouTube. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "crush teaser" – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Tweet". twitter.com. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  13. ^ "Tessa Violet - Crush (Official Music Video)" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ Timmons, Joseph (June 19, 2018). "Tessa Violet Announces New Album, Bad Ideas To Be Released August 3rd". YouTube. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  15. ^ Violet, Tessa (November 29, 2018). "Tweet".
  16. ^ Roth, Madeline. "Tessa Violet Describes The Real-Life Crush That Inspired Her 'Bold, Confident' New Song". MTV News.
  17. ^ "Fire Tunes Alert: Tessa Violet Just Released Remixes to Her Last Three Singles". www.lofficielusa.com. January 18, 2021.
  18. ^ "PREMIERE: Tessa Violet Knows "Words Ain't Enough" on Her Second Album's Lead Single". FLOOD.
  19. ^ "Why We're Infatuated with Tessa Violet". The Fullest. August 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "Певицу из США признали символом России и атаковали лозунгами "Русские, вперед!"". lenta.ru.
  21. ^ "Тесса Вайолет про мем "Русские вперед!": Я это не поддерживаю". memepedia.ru. October 30, 2019.
  22. ^ "Tessa Violet Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  23. ^ "Tessa Violet Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  24. ^ "Leaves and Branches". Bandcamp. Retrieved September 14, 2020.