Chess Countess is the alias of New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based songstress, Tamsyn Miller, who is well known for her soaring vocals and extensive vocal range, built over years of experience as a classically-trained vocalist. Chess works on blending the two contrasting worlds of classical and pop to create a unique, bordering-on-theatrical experience.
She has supported artists such as Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Demi Lovato and Jimmy Barnes; sung in Andrea Bocelli’s backing choir; and performed as one of six backing vocalists for George Benson on his NZ Tour in 2010.
2011 saw the release of Countess's debut EP, "Who Is Chess Countess?"; a compilation of works created while studying Pop Music at the University of Auckland.
She performed at the 2012 Auckland Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park event, alongside Guy Sebastian, and in 2015 CC released her ANZAC centenary tribute single, "Soldier Of The Light", and toured New Zealand as Jamie McDell's backing singer.
2016 - 2018 saw Chess spread her wings in London where she met world-class film director, Alexander Miguel, and began a creative partnership with him. The release of their first music video, "Court Jester", dropped in April 2019 and received worldwide accolades.
In 2019, Chess set up camp in Melbourne, Australia, to see if the rumours of a thriving music industry are true. In her travels, she connected with electronic producer Skrybe upon who’s May 2020 track release, “I’ll Be Raining Fire”, she featured, gaining well over 100k streams within the first few months.
Due to Covid-19, plans with Alexander were put on hold and CC released her single, "Say It's Over", in Feb 2021.
In April of that year, Skrybe and Chess released their second song together, "Desert of Ashes" - this time as co-writers. The song has made it to clubs, podcasts, schools and cafés on an international level and has reached well over 200k streams across all platforms.
In early 2020, Chess Countess was approached by Melbourne producer, New Haven (Imagine Dragons, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Sam Bluer) to collaborate on some new music. They created four tracks which were originally intended as singles but Chess soon realised she had a lot more to say. This year (2023) they have partnered up to work towards her debut, full-length album.