Music

With a career that spans three decades, Tessa has sung on numerous hit records and worked for iconic music producers such as Phil Ramone, Russ Titelman, Nile Rogers and Trevor Horn who described Niles as ‘the voice of her generation’.

With a list of musical credits that reads like the soundtrack to your life Tessa has performed on over 500 C.D’s.

Year Artist Title Role Artwork
1981 Chas Jankel Chasanova Backing vocals
1981 Chas Jankel Questionnaire Backing vocals
1982 ABC The Lexicon of Love Additional vocals
1984 Tina Turner Private Dancer Backing vocals
1984 Tina Turner What's Love Got To Do With It Backing Vocals
1984 Gary Numan Berserker Backing vocals
1985 Bill Sharpe Famous People Lead and backing vocals
1985 Bowie & Jagger Dancin In The Street Backing Vocals
1985 Jaki Graham Heaven Knows Backing vocals
1985 Barbara Pennington Out Of The Darkest Night Backing vocals
1985 Paul Hardcastle Paul Hardcastle Backing vocals
1985 Grace Jones Slave to the Rhythm Backing vocals
1986 Eric Clapton August Backing vocals
1986 Everything But The Girl Baby the Stars Shine Bright Backing vocals
1986 Berlin Count Three & Pray Backing vocals
1986 Dave Adams Dancing in My Sleep Backing vocals
1986 The The Infected Backing vocals
1986 Loz Netto Loz Netto Backing vocals
1986 Duran Duran Notorious Backing vocals
1986 Miguel Bosé Salamandra Backing vocals
1987 Wax American English Backing vocals
1987 Marillion Clutching at Straws Backing vocals
1987 Then Jerico First (The Sound Of Music) Backing vocals
1987 Living in a Box Living in a Box Backing vocals
1987 Julian Cope Saint Julian Backing vocals
1987 Alan Rankine She Loves Me Not Backing vocals
1987 Men Without Hats Pop Goes the World Backing vocals
1987 Silent Running Walk on Fire Backing vocals
1988 Duran Duran Big Thing Backing vocals
1988 Jane Wiedlin Fur Backing vocals
1988 Pet Shop Boys Introspective Backing vocals
1988 Steve Winwood Roll With It Backing vocals
1988 The Escape Club Wild Wild West Backing vocals
1988 Clive Griffin Step By Step Backing vocals
1988 Gail Ann Dorsey The Corporate World Backing vocals
1989 Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe Backing vocals
1989 Liza Minnelli Results Backing vocals
1989 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Backing vocals
1989 Tears for Fears The Seeds of Love Backing vocals
1989 Workshy The Golden Mile Backing vocals
1990 Propaganda 1234 Backing vocals
1990 Oleta Adams Circle of One Backing vocals
1990 Sonia Evans Everybody Knows Backing vocals
1990 Eros Ramazzotti In ogni senso Backing vocals
1990 Dusty Springfield Reputation Backing vocals
1990 Oleta Adams Rhythm Of Life Backing Vocals
1990 Andrew Ridgeley Son of Albert Backing vocals
1990 Fish Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors Backing vocals
1991 Bros Changing Faces Backing vocals
1991 George Harrison Live in Japan Backing vocals
1992 Sweet Addiction All the Fool's in Town (unreleased album) Backing vocals
1992 Alison Limerick And Still I Rise Backing vocals
1992 Efua Dream Juice Backing vocals
1992 Howard Jones In the Running Backing vocals
1992 Eric Clapton Tears In Heaven Backing Vocals
1992 Zucchero Miserere Backing vocals
1992 The Higsons The Curse of the Higsons Backing vocals
1993 Kim Appleby Breakaway Backing vocals
1993 Duran Duran Come Undone Lead Vocals
1993 Joshua Kadison Painted Desert Serenade Backing vocals
1994 Suede Dog Man Star Backing vocals
1994 Sean Maguire Sean Maguire Backing vocals
1994 Tom Jones The Lead and How to Swing It Backing vocals
1995 Mike Batt Arabesque Backing vocals
1995 Jimmy Nail Big River Backing vocals
1995 The Police Live! Backing vocals
1995 Mike And The Mechanics Over My Shoulder Backing Vocals
1995 Take That Nobody Else Backing vocals
1996 Status Quo Don't Stop Backing vocals
1996 Justin Hayward The View from the Hill Backing vocals
1997 Joe Cocker Across from Midnight Backing vocals
1997 Alphaville Salvation Backing vocals
1998 Miguel Bosé 11 Maneras De Ponerse Un Sombrero Backing vocals
1998 Sarah Brightman Eden Backing vocals
1998 Marshall & Alexander Marshall & Alexander Backing vocals
1998 B*Witched Awake and Breathe Backing vocals
1999 Eric Clapton Prince's Trust Backing vocals
1999 Ronan Keating When You Say Nothin At All Backing Vocals
2000 Worlds Apart Here and Now Backing vocals
2000 Robbie Williams Sing When You're Winning Backing vocals
2000 Robbie Williams Rock DJ Backing Vocals
2000 Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue Kids Backing Vocals
2001 Jonathan Harvey Closer to Heaven Backing vocals
2001 Natalie Imbruglia White Lilies Island Backing vocals
2003 Gareth Gates What My Heart Wants to Say Backing vocals
2003 David Sneddon Seven Years - Ten Weeks Backing vocals
2003 Robbie Williams Something Beautiful Backing Vocals
2003 Seal Seal IV Backing vocals
2004 Westlife Allow Us to Be Frank Backing vocals
2004 Duran Duran Astronaut Backing vocals
2004 Trevor Horn A Concert For The Prince's Trust – Live At Wembley Arena London Backing vocals
2005 Tatu Dangerous and Moving Backing Vocals
2006 Pet Shop Boys I'm With Stupid Backing Vocals
2009 Robbie Williams Reality Killed The Video Star Backing Vocals

Tessa Niles has done what so many fans only dreamed of: sing with the stars. Throughout Backtrack I was enchanted, delighted and moved to hear her vivid true story of the backing singer extraordinaire relaying a singularly unique point of view of someone who was right there when music history was made. A riveting read.

Jonathan G Shaw
Music producer, lecturer and author of ‘The South African Music Business