Tone. Touch. Technique. A good bassist has all three. But every truly great bassist also possesses an indefinable something extra: Groove.

Groove. It’s the critical ingredient, the “special sauce,” that elevates a good performance to the realm of pure inspiration. Once the bass reaches this zone, magic happens.

Tisha Simeral knows Groove. On both upright and electric bass, she plays for the song. She brings passion and dedication to every performance and recording project. And she’s equally at home in any performing environment--folk, blues, country, rock, jazz, classical, or Latin music.


After earning a performance degree from the Ohio State University School of Music, Tisha began appearing regularly with a variety of small and large groups in her hometown. She was a member of the Columbus Symphony Pops, the Afro-Rican Ensemble, and Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, and also performed with many vocal and instrumental artists throughout central Ohio. A regular at the annual Columbus Arts Festival, she once set the record for appearing with the greatest number of bands.

In Columbus Tisha became an in-demand music educator. She taught at Capital University and at Fort Hayes Career Center, and served in the Columbus Arts Council’s Artists-In-Schools program.

Tisha then relocated to Nashville in 2004, taking her career to a whole new level. She has since performed with a vast array of artists from across the musical spectrum: Grammy-winning singer-songwriters Darrell Scott and Jon Vezner, bluegrass legend Roland White, rocker Trey Anastasio (Phish), contemporary jazz guitarist Denny Jiosa, hit songwriter Thom Shepherd, and country-rock artist Eric Heatherly, to name only a few. Her recent projects include the alternative classical music collective Chatterbird and the Kelli Cox Collaborative, a modern jazz sextet.

From 2006 to 2014, Tisha worked with Americana artist Brian Ashley Jones. Together they appeared at such legendary venues as the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival (Kerrville, TX), the Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT), Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta, GA), and Nashville’s renowned Bluebird Café. One of the duo’s Bluebird performances was featured in the U.K. television series “Amanda Holden’s Fantasy Lives.”

In addition to her bass work, Tisha is a respected composer and arranger. Her scores have been performed by jazz trombonist Sarah Morrow, the Women In Music Columbus Orchestra and String Sinfonia, the Land Of Legend Philharmonic, and the Prevailing Winds Quintet. She’s also an accomplished harmony vocalist.

Tisha attended graduate school at Middle Tennessee State University, completing a Master of Arts in music in 2014. Following graduation, she taught in MTSU's Department of Recording Industry and School of Music. In 2016, Tisha joined the faculty of Middle Georgia State University in Macon, Georgia, as Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts.

Tisha’s affiliations include ASCAP, the International Society Of Bassists, and the American Federation of Musicians #257. She endorses Duesenberg basses, EMG pickups, Messina Covers instrument bags, and the Yamaha Silent Bass. 

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Curriculum Vitae


Tisha Simeral is a Yamaha Performing Artist