Tal Wilkenfeld (Judge)

Is an Australian bassist, singer, songwriter and guitarist who has performed alongside artists including Jeff Beck, Prince, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock and Mick Jagger. She is also a bandleader of her own eponymous bands. In her earlier work, she was backed by musicians such as Wayne Krantz and Vinnie Colaiuta. In Wilkenfeld’s current band, she sings, plays guitar and bass, and opened for The Who on the North American part of The Who Hits 50! tour in 2016. Wilkenfeld’s single “Corner Painter” features Blake Mills and Benmont Tench. In 2008, Wilkenfeld was voted “The Year’s Most Exciting New Player” in a Bass Player magazine readers’ choice poll. In 2013, Wilkenfeld was awarded Bass Player Magazine’s “Young Gun Award” by Don Was, where she performed “Chelsea Hotel” by Leonard Cohen.