Electronic Press Kit
Toss every country-music cliché out the window before you get to know Teresa, for nothing about this bright and 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. 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 6 Time College Entertainer of the Year has delivered her original music to 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, a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville, and 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 the first to take her songs to an audience that most country-music acts didn’t even know existed, the college crowd.”
Not only has Teresa written captivating mainstream music, she has also custom crafted relevant musical anthems for Southwest Airlines, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and NASA to name a few.
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 which included First Lady Hillary Clinton 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 that rings out across the land. It is Teresa’s “Girls Can Do Anything” theme that is woven through all of the tracks on her Girls Of Courage CD, 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. She has performed songs like I Love Being A Girl Scout, Once A Girl Scout, Always A Girl Scout and Cookie Time for a crowd of 250,000 on the National Mall at 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”.
Teresa moves with ease from performance to performance. She is all about catering to her audience. Whether entertaining a concert crowd with her self-penned evocative mainstream originals from her One Song At a Time, Tears and Smiles, and Brave New Girls CDs or moving the masses with her inspirational compositions, 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. ■