Daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson, of the New York-based band "Chocolate Genius".
Got "discovered" as a child walking down Hollywood Blvd. with her father.
Maternal granddaughter of actor and musician Bobby Ramos, one of the first Mexican-Americans to have his own television show ("Latin Cruise" for KTLA).
Her father is of Panamanian (Afro-Panamanian) descent. Tessa's maternal grandfather's ancestry is Mexican, and Tessa's maternal grandmother, whose parents were from Indiana, is of English, German, Irish, and Scottish descent.
Went to school for Cultural Anthropology.
Was raised part time in Brooklyn, New York.
Part of the Los Angeles band Caught A Ghost with Jesse Nolan. The band just completed its debut album Human Nature.