Tia Rix was born to sing. The daughter of Atlanta jazz legends Bob and Phyllis Rix, Tia began recording commercials and soundtracks at age 13. She traveled west to earn her degree and train at Brigham Young University with world-renowned tenors Ray Arbizu and Terry McCombs, then sang her way through Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.
Despite her classical music education, Tia’s passion has always been jazz. She’s sung at Birdland and sat in with some of the greats, including Detroit, MI pianist Johnny O’Neal; NYC, NY bassist Steve Doyle; and Teaneck, NJ guitarist Russell Malone.
Featured on this album is the great jazz pianist, Johnny O'Neal. His playing ranges from the technically virtuosic to the tenderest of ballad interpretations. Though unique in style, he is influenced by many jazz elders, including Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum. He has led many recording dates with jazz heavyweights such as Russell Malone and many others. He is a 1997 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
Jazz trumpeter, Art Hoyle featured soloist with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Quincy Jones and Henry Mancini, said of Tia that "this is the voice of the female Chet Baker.” WABE jazz announcer, H Johnson describes Tia as “underrated and under exposed”.