Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tess Parks moved to London, England at the age of seventeen where she briefly studied photography at the London College of Communication (University of Arts London) before dropping out to focus on music. Tess managed to make an impression on industry legend Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, albeit the timing of their meeting could hardly have been less ideal; McGee was no longer involved in music and Tess was due to move back to Toronto. 

After moving back to her hometown in 2012, Tess formed a band on the advice of Alan McGee and less than a year after their meeting, he returned to music with his new label, 359 Music. Tess became one of his first six signings and released her debut record Blood Hot in November 2013 to excellent reviews. Alan McGee himself said: "She's only young and is already an amazing songwriter... she just doesn't quite know she is yet ... her most beautiful quality is her lack of ego. Tess is an amazing lady". 

In February 2014, she began recording with Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe in Berlin and they completed their debut record 'I Declare Nothing' in autumn 2014. The record was released in June 2015 to stunning reviews and a series of sold out UK and European tours, including support slots for Jesus and Mary Chain and Ride. 

Tess has also collaborated with various other artists, lending her voice to songs by The Auras, The Third Sound, Velvet Morning and River Tiber. 

Still an avid photographer, her photographs have been published in various magazines and online publications and she has exhibited her work in group shows and her own solo exhibitions. 


Tess Parks continued to collaborate with Newcombe and co-wrote several songs for Brian Jonestown Massacre, including the title track of Brian Jonestown Massacre's EP 'Pish', and several songs on the albums 'Third World Pyramid' and 'Don't Get Lost'. 

In July 2017, they completed their self-titled second album 'Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe' to be release on October 12 2018.