Toss every country-music cliché out the window before you get to know TERESA, for nothing about this bright, seasoned talent fits the standard Nashville mold.
She is an Italian-American from New England. She didn’t learn to sing in church. She didn’t grow up wanting to be Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton or even Reba McEntire; Not because she didn’t admire them, but because she was unaware of them. She hasn’t come up through the honky-tonk ranks. She’s never been a waitress. She has never tried to get others to sing her songs. Instead, Teresa has been working 100-200 dates a year as a touring act.
TERESA, who uses only her first name, is a Singer-Songwriter who brings her sunny disposition and positive approach to her music and her audiences. The 7 Time College Entertainer of the Year, and 2 Time Female Vocalist of the year, has performed her original music on more than 1000 campuses throughout the U.S.
She has shared the limelight with several major recording artists and graced the stages of many prominent venues at home, abroad and even outer space.
Originally hailing from Connecticut, Teresa began her music journey on the club scene, eventually establishing herself as the Queen of the College circuit before making her move to Nashville.
After settling in Music City, she signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music, followed by a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville. She quickly became a critics darling. Says noted music critic and historian, Robert K. Oermann, “When it comes to making music, Teresa is an unstoppable force of nature. She earned her living for more than a decade by being first to take her songs to an audience that most country-music acts didn’t even know existed, the college crowd.”
TERESA has penned hundreds of original compositions, Not only has she written captivating mainstream music, she has found a niche in custom writing musical anthems for various companies and organizations; among them, NASA, Southwest Airlines, and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. Teresa’s fresh approach to Keynote Presentations, combining Music and Message, has kicked open the door to extraordinary opportunities, introducing her to new experiences, venues and audiences.
NASA selected the title track of Teresa’s CD, Brave New Girls, as the official wake-up song for the first female-commanded Space Shuttle mission. An invitation to perform at the historic STS-93 launch for a prestigious crowd was followed by an invitation to perform at the Paris Air Show for the launch of the International Space Station.
Teresa’s hip and wholesome music has also brought a new voice to Girl Scouting as they adopted Brave New Girls as their battle cry. It is Teresa’s “Girls Can Do Anything” theme that is woven through all of the tracks on her Being a Girl Scout and Girls Of Courage CDs; a collection of songs she was commissioned to compose for the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
Using her consummate writing skills and intuitive song sense, Teresa wrote and recorded songs with a modern message for women. The CDs infectious melodies, relevant lyrics, and topnotch song production, are a home run with Girl Scouts and their leaders across the country. Teresa performed her songs, Brave New Girls, I Love Being A Girl Scout, Cookie Time and Kick Like A Girl for a crowd of 250,000 on the National Mall for the world’s grandest sing-a-long.
Says Kathy Cloninger, author, motivational speaker and former CEO Girl Scouts of the U.S.A, “Teresa’s music is the best thing since Thin Mints. Her original Girl Scout songs, and her spirit and power when she sings them, lift the spirit of every girl. Teresa is the role model for “BRAVE NEW GIRLS”.
Changing the World One Song At A Time, is the title track of her newest CD and her personal mission; and Teresa, makes good on her promise. It is packed with catchy country/pop melodies, cutting-edge rock energy, and powerful lyrics.
A songwriter with a knack for emotional storylines, that in many cases accentuate the strengths and vulnerabilities of girls and women of all ages, Teresa explains, “I write positive girl songs, NOT man-bashing songs…there is a difference.” A difference indeed as men are inspired to share these strong girl anthems with their daughters and all the women in their lives.
TERESA moves with ease from performance to performance. She is all about catering to her audience. Whether entertaining a concert crowd with her evocative mainstream originals, moving the masses with her inspirational songs, or touching the hearts of Linda Ronstadt fans, with her newest offering, LONG LONG TIME, A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt, it is clear that the road is her middle name, the stage her home, and the audience her family.
New? For some listeners, yes. Brave? Her music certainly makes that case.
This is a can-do lady with gigantic reservoirs of resourcefulness, personality, spunk and ability.
Teresa’s is a story of determination, hard work and perseverance, but she tells it with such gusto and humor that the whole thing seems like one effortless romp.