Tish was five years old when her mother caught her making up a song. The next day, she gifted her daughter a cassette recorder and taught her how to use it. By the end of the week, Tish had finished her first “album,” kicking off a prolific career that would eventually find the songwriter, frontwoman, multi-instrumentalist, and business entrepreneur writing original music for television, musical theater, commercials, and her own internationally-acclaimed hard-rock trio, The Dead Deads.
Since playing her first show at age 10, Tish has maintained a regular presence not only onstage, but in the writing room, too. Songwriting easily parlayed into commercial work, and in 2007, Tish wrote her first main title and original song for The Miss Howard Stern Show. Between touring commitments and recording sessions, she found time to launch Rock and Roll Girls Club and developed an instructional method to easily teach small children how to song write and play piano, bass, or guitar. This passion for helping kids musically express themselves led to a partnership with Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick called Rock Your Speech, in which Tish worked with speech therapists to provide lyrics that would help those with autism learn to verbalize challenging concepts.
Tish’s musical tastes are as diverse as her resume. In 2012, she funneled a lifelong interest in musical theater into her own “hip-hopera,” 2000 and Future, which debuted at Centennial Theater. Characters and themes from that musical were adapted for a future animated series. Meanwhile, she also founded The Dead Deads, a hard-rock trio whose fans include everyone from Paul Stanley of KISS to Corey Taylor of Slipknot. Over the course of four studio albums including the upcoming Tell Your Girls It’s Alright, an epic 12-track record due in August 2021 — The Dead Dead’s have blurred the lines between generations and genres, modernizing the punk, grunge, and metal influences of their youth for a sound that’s heavy and hook-filled.
Tish first worked with her now husband, Matt Mahaffey, on commercials for brands like Honda and Sketchers. They soon became creative partners, collaborating on a new musical about their mutual favorite band, They Might Be Giants, and launching the composer collective Cake in Space.