Brave New Girls



From the unprecedented number of accomplished women leading successful companies to running for political office, the message is clear. The timing has never been better, and the appetite never greater for inspirational and entertainment vehicles of female empowerment.

Teresa’s keynote events are a perfect way to celebrate Girl Scouting. Her hip and wholesome music brings a new voice to the century old Girl Scout legacy. Teresa will move, motivate, empower, and celebrate girls, leaders and management staff. Teresa is committed to upholding her mission of changing the girl one song at a time.

“Teresa’s original songs and her spirit and power when she sings them lift the spirit of every girl and woman.” -Kathy Cloninger, Former CEO Girl Scouts USA

Ways to Use Teresa’s Music:
Girl Fest Events
Volunteer Recognition
Award Ceremonies
Cookie Launches
Management Conferences
Camp Concerts
Song Leader Workshops
Community Recruiting
Just for Fun

“Teresa puts to music the spirit of the Girl and really knows how to connect with them. Her passion, authenticity and charisma shine through in everything she does and we hope to have a long term partnership with her.” -Nancy Nygren, CEO, Girl Scouts of Orange County

There’s a Brave New Girl in Every Girl

In 1989 I moved from West Hartford, Connecticut to Nashville, Tennessee to become “Garthina” Brooks. That was my dream and I finally got up the courage to go for it. I packed up my truck and U-Haul trailer, turned the keys to my newly remodeled house over to my renters, 4 college guys and a Great Dane, and like the pioneers, my guitar and I headed west…in search of gold…records!

When I arrived in Nashville I met that famous band of thieves, The Naysayers. You may have heard of them. They‘re only mission in life is to steal your dreams, because theirs didn’t come true.

At first you feel so grateful to them, because they’re “showing you the ropes”, but after awhile you realize that what they’re actually doing is getting a kick out of telling the new kids that they’ll never make it, because they didn’t. They are subtle at first, casting out little sarcastic digs like, “Wow, you’re just what Nashville needs, another singer/songwriter,” or “Hey, did you write another Hit for the Drawer today?” Meaning the song you just wrote is never going anywhere. I actually had one guy say, “You know sweetheart, you have a better shot of having a song of yours played on the moon than on the radio.” Original!

Once I was onto them, I would run in the opposite direction when I’d see any of them and soon they just disappeared. I mean, who has time for that kind of darkness? I’m a positive person and never had any use for negativity and sarcasm. I went about my business, hitting all the open mic nights, singing and meeting people, and a few years into it, I landed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville. Where were the Naysayers now! I guess I showed them, didn’t I?

I was understandably excited about my good fortune and I couldn’t wait to tell the world, especially my best friend, Cady. You see, Cady is the friend who beats me at everything. You may have one of those, too. She graduated from MIT with honors and a Phd in Polymer Science, which is simply “Plastic.” That’s right. She majored in plastic. Well, it’s a little more complicated than that, of course, but I like saying it. It makes me feel better.

When I first met Cady, I myself, was a student pilot. Cool, right? Wrong. Cady had already logged hours and hours in her own private airplane and clocked time in a T-38, t that’s a fighter jet! The Trainer to the Top Gun jet. She was a real pilot.

I guess you can tell where this is going. Now, don’t get me wrong, she never brags, she’s a doll. In fact, she’s pretty spectacular. But, naturally, Cady was my first call after I got my record deal because this was my chance to show her I was cool, too. So I rang her and when she answered, I announced, “Cady I’ve got great news.” She blurted out, “Me too, I just got my launch date.”

Did I mention she’s an astronaut? That’s right; A real life rocket scientist and she beat me again! Talk about timing. What were the chances we’d both realize our dreams at precisely the the same moment? Anyhow, after I congratulated her, she remembered that I had called her and she said, “Hey, you called me…what’s your news.” “Never mind,” was all I could say.

I was mad at her…for about a nanosecond, then I was overcome with joy; proud and inspired by my Brave New Girl friend. And a song was born.

When I sent Cady the recording of her song, she played it for her crew mates and the NASA Administrative staff and they declared Brave New Girls the official Mission wake-up song. And Cady took me up in space with her. How cool is that!

And whom do you think I thought of when I got the news? That’s right, the cynical guy, the prophet who had said I’d have a better shot of having one of my songs played on the moon than on the radio. Though I didn’t quite make it to the moon, I did make it out of this world. And Garth Brooks can’t say that!

So, there are a couple of morals to my story.

Lesson #1. There’s a Brave New Girl in all of us, astronaut, songwriter, mother, daughter, friend, and I’ve come to learn first hand that you don’t have to be an astronaut to be considered brave. Cady helped me see that it was brave of me to leave the comfort of my home, where I was a big fish, to find my way in Music City. Being brave isn’t being fearless, it’s the opposite. It means forging ahead in spite of our fears. I heard it said somewhere that it’s not brave if you’re not afraid.

Lesson #2. Stay away from Naysayers. They’re bad news! If you have a chance encounter with one, just know that their negativity comes from fear, and sadly, their fear robs them of their joy. And the site of you doing so scares them to death.

Lesson #3. Lift up your Brave New Girl friends; They are not your competition, they are your strength. Inspire, challenge and encourage each other. That’s what my Brave New Girl-friends do and have done, for me…Cady, Kathy, Shelley, Jayne, Linda, and countless others have inspired and supported me and I hope they all feel I’ve done the same for them.

Since I met Cady, I’ve come to look for BNG’s and what they have in common. They try… They risk…They dare. It’s pretty obvious that being an astronaut takes courage. Sitting on a jet-fueled rocket that leaves our atmosphere for one filled with zero oxygen is beyond frightening to me, but for Cady, the payoff outweighs the fear. That’s what it means to be Brave; Pursuing a dream despite the fear. That’s my definition of a Brave New Girl.

Cady, is the Original Brave New Girl, but she helped me find the Brave New Girl in me! There’s one in you, too! Unleash her. She’ll make the world a much cooler place.

Sending you and all the Brave New Girls out there lots and lots of love.

See you on the playground soon.
Big hugs, Teresa