Tertia May Is Firing Up London with New Music

With her unique voice, the soulful Tertia May has become a household name in the London Jazz and Neo-Soul scenes.

Attending a school of drama, dancing and music from the age of eight, Tertia May’s future could have followed various routes. But given her obsession with music and the already exceptional depth and range of her young voice, there was only one way to go. “At sixteen” she recalls, “I just wanted to be a Soul singer, so I scrapped the rest and decided to go for it”. Flash forward eight years, Tertia has become a household name in the London Jazz and Neo-Soul scenes with multiple Boiler Room performances under her belt, a Colors performance with almost 2 million streams, a double headline at Camden’s legendary Jazz Café, a sold out Omeara show, a co-sign from David Beckham (who flew her to perform in Milan for DB eyewear) and a campaign as the face of Nike TN. Tertia is now gearing up to release her third EP ‘TM Radio’ in June 2021 on Twisted Hearts Records.
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Tertia May knew from a young age she belonged on stage. Her deep obsession with music and the depth and range of her unique voice launched her into becoming a household name in the London Jazz and Neo-Soul scenes with multiple Boiler Room performances under her belt, a Colors performance with almost 2 million streams, a double headline at Camden’s legendary Jazz Café, a sold out Omeara show, a co-sign from David Beckham (who flew her to perform in Milan for DB eyewear) and a campaign as the face of Nike TN. Tertia is now gearing up to release her third EP ‘TM Radio’ in June 2021 on Twisted Hearts Records.


How would you describe yourself?


I love to sing, write songs, perform those songs and entertain people. My favourite colour is either orange or baby blue and my favourite dish is probably sushi. I grew up in South West London but now I’m a resident in North East.


Your music is described as South London Soul. What does this mean to you?


I grew up in the southern parts of London, and started really hanging out there when I was young, attending open jams, mic nights, jazz clubs etc. I had never experienced such a cool, underground, authentic jazz scene like this before and something just had me gripped. I fell in love with what I was hearing; this London take on jazz & soul and I got hooked. I guess those experiences unlocked pandoras box. Il never go back to anything else.


This week your new single “The Fire” made its debut. What can fans expect from this song?


Attitude, sass, strength, femininity, power and fire.


If you could have any artist perform a song for you, what song and artist would it be?


Amy Winehouse- what is it about men.


What is something you wish someone told you before you chose this industry?


You gotta work very hard 24/7, don’t waste any time, be active always.


You're the daughter of the former Spice Girl’s tour manager, did that have a huge impact on your choice to pursue music? Which spice girl do you relate to the most?


It definitely encouraged me to pursue music because I was around that creative energy all the time and it sparked something in me to find out more and explore my own music ability. I was too young to really remember how I felt about the Spice girls but I think now, I relate to sporty spice the most. Energy always and sick trainers.

 

Listen to "The Fire" now on all streaming platforms. Make sure to follow Tierta May on Instagram and Spotify.