An artist of versatility, Hughes has numerous performance credits in popular music, film, and television. She performs as violinist for the film music of The Only Good Indian, a 2009 Sundance Film Festival motion picture. She also performed in orchestras for national productions of Annie and Les Misérables, and she has recorded as studio violinist for Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes and Grammy award-winning artists Aretha Franklin, Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin. She has performed on the BET network program Sunday Best with Grammy-award winning artist Kirk Franklin and has appeared live in concert with Smokey Robinson.
In addition to performing, Hughes is an active teacher and advocate for music outreach. She has taught at the University of Kansas, Marygrove College, Interlochen, and the Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts. She enjoys interacting with students of all ages, rendering concerts and serving as guest clinician at institutions across the country. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hughes received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, and Master's and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. Teachers include Nancy Langham, Jana Burton, Sally O'Reilly, Camilla Wicks, and Paul Kantor.
The passion and expressive qualities of violinist Tami Lee Hughes are marked by her success as a premier artist. As soloist, she has appeared with a number of symphony orchestras across the United States, including the National, Monroe, Mississippi, and Pontiac-Oakland Symphony Orchestras among others. She has extensively appeared as recitalist in universities and concert venues in the United States, Europe, Costa Rica, and Bermuda, and has performed as solo or chamber artist in the Ann Arbor Chamber Fest, Natchez Festival of Music, Ritz Chamber Players Concert Series, and a tribute concert to composer Judith Zaimont, broadcast on National Public Radio. Other notable appointments include appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Shippensburg Music Festival Orchestra, Pro Consorde Chamber Consort, and the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
In 2011, Albany Records released Hughes' debut solo album Legacy: Violin Music of African-American Composers. Heralded as one of the best albums of the year by All Music Guide, the critically acclaimed recording features music for violin and piano by Francis Johnson, George Morrison, David Baker, Ozie Cargile, and Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes. Since recording Legacy, Hughes has developed a special interest in performing and recording music of African American composers. She is currently working on a second project that features chamber works of contemporary artists. Additional classical recording credits include Ballade for Violin and Piano, featured on Vocalise, a compact disc of music by composer Brian Nelson, and, Music for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, a Profil recording featuring performances by Ksenia Nosikova of works by Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Clementi.