Jill Williams – Founder/Lead Vocals, since 2000
Jill was born to rock. She has that sultry, gravelly, unique style to her voice that can belt out most high energy classic rock tunes. Jill was raised listening to and idolizing Janis Joplin, The Beatles and, believe it or not, Tom Jones. In today’s world, Melissa Etheridge, Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt have been great influences.
Growing up in Europe, Jill spent a short time in her teens with a band out of London, England called Truffles, where she filled in as occasional drummer and sometime guitarist. During this time, Jill came to the realization of just how much music was going to be a big part of her life.
Not realizing that she could actually sing, Jill went on in the early 90’s playing guitar or drums in several bands in California, all along still trying to find her voice. When she finally opened up her mouth in an all-female band that she put together, Tehya emerged.
In search of something different in 2001, Tehya underwent changes and became a new band. She is thrilled to still be performing with such a solid classic rock group.
Dave Hobson– Lead Guitar/Vocal- since 2017 – Bio Coming Soon
John “JB” Brown– Bassist/Vocals since 2016
John has been playing bass most of his life. He was born and raised in a city that serves as a magnet for musicians and artist from all walks of live. Growing up in San Francisco is where JB got his musical start with various garage bands. His biggest influence was the English Beat, e.g. Beatles, the Stones and the Who, etc. He later moved south to Redwood City in the 70’s and continued to play bass for numerous local bands including Artist, Paperback, Slapjack, Slice, Planet Love, The Detonators and the 38-30 Band that continues to be a labor of love.
Recently as John puts it, “I just happened to be at the right place at the right time when asked to try out for the classic rock band Tehya and I am happy to say I’m looking forward to being a part of this talented, fun band.”
Kevin Gardella – Drums/Percussion/Vocals, since 2005
Born and raised in Redwood City, CA, Kevin began playing drums at the age of 8. In addition to drums Kevin has played the piano, bass, marimba, vibes, and mallet instruments. In the late 70’s, by the age of 16, he was playing professionally with Larry Carlton and The Swindlers. During the 80’s Kevin played with many bands, notablyThe Phoenix Ensemble and Scary Larry. In the 90’s he played with the bands Off the Wall and The Popsicle Love Sponge (aka PLS). He also played with Jerry Miller of the Mulberry Grape Band from Seattle during his time with PLS. Kevin performed as a studio musician, recording an album with Reneé and the Sabor Band in early 2000. Currently Kevin is keeping beat with Tehya, which he joined in 2005. Kevin is working to include some vocals, looking for the opportunity to share his voice with Tehya fans.
Stephen Contreras – Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals since 2006
Larisa Migachyov – (Fill-in) Keyboards, since 2012
Larisa currently is our occasional keyboardist. She is a Russian-born musician and ragtime composer. She started piano lessons when she was 5 and continued with her music education, learning musical theory, music composition, and related disciplines. She continued her studies after her family moved to the US, but she decided not to pursue a career in music at that time. In 2005 she discovered ragtime thanks to the San Antonio Ragtime Society, and returned to performing and composing. She premiered her first ragtime composition, the “Purple Chicken Rag,” at the 2006 Scott Joplin Festival.
“Larisa has found her way to Tehya, we are very lucky to have such a wonderful addition to our Tehya family… classic rock is not Larisa’s first passion but I think she is fitting in nicely.” – Jill