A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha’s Vineyard MA, performing songwriter Thea Hopkins calls her music – Red Roots Americana. The Washington Post has described her as "a standout writer." In March 2021, it was announced Thea was the Grand Prize Winner of the 22nd Great American Song Contest for her song, "The Ghost Of Emmett Till". The song was selected from over 1900 entries from 42 countries. Noel Paul Stookey's (the Paul of P,P & M) quietly dramatic guitar and harmony vocals can be heard on her timely ballad.
Her EP "Love Come Down," was nominated for a 2019 Indigenous Music Award. In June 2019, Thea was selected by the Western Arts Alliance as a Native Launchpad Artist, a three-year artist development program. Her 2019 performances included the Kennedy Center (DC) and the Summertyne Americana Festival in Newcastle (UK). She was an artist resident at the Banff Centre For The Arts (CN) in November - December 2019. She first came to wider public notice when Peter, Paul & Mary recorded her song "Jesus Is On The Wire" in 2004, and then again in 2010 with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. It is considered one of their later signature songs. She is currently recording a new album, scheduled to be released in January 2023.