Tears & Smiles
'...Teresa possesses one of those lush, sultry voices that can wrap itself around a song and make it an event.' - Maverick Magazine BIO - Singer-songwriter, TERESA, who uses only her first name, has won 7 N.A.C.A. (National Association of Campus Activitie) College Entertainment Awards including Coffeehouse Entertainer of the Year. She has delivered her original music to more than 1000 campuses earning her living while cultivating a grass roots following by taking her songs to the college crowd. She has toured the 48 contiguous United States, Europe and Australia, on her own and opened shows for dozens of national recording rtists She picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and by 17, with permission from mom and dad, was performing with her band in clubs throughout her home state of Connecticut. Teresa completed two years of academic studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, but decided one college was not enough! So she took her solo show to campuses across the United States! After a few recording trips to Nashville and upon urging from several prominent players, Teresa made the move permanent in 1989. She spent her first two years touring extensively. Combined with the college, coffee house, fair and festival tour dates and the songwriting showcases at prestigious Nashville venues and events, Teresa caught the ears of publishers and record executives. In 1993 she landed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music and in 1997 she signed with Sony Music/Epic Records. Teresa left Sony soon after the Vice President of the label, also poised to be her Producer, left. But that did not slow down this 'can-do' success story. 'This is a girl with gigantic reservoirs of resourcefulness, personality, spunk and ability. When it comes to music, Teresa is an unstoppable force of nature,' says, music historian, Robert Oermann. In 2003, Teresa completed her studio CD, BRAVE NEW GIRLS. In 2004, Teresa completed her live CD TEARS AND SMILES. Mervin Louque, of King Biscuit Flower Hour fame, and owner of the prestigious Nashville music industry showcase venue, the Douglas Corner Café, produced the live disc, which he recorded at his club. Both CDs have been released simultaneously on Teresa's own imprint, BNM Records. According to Country Music Magazine, 'Teresa shares a lot of the qualities of Linda Ronstadt's pioneering early work, most notably, it's blend of country's lyrical strengths, catchy pop melodies and cutting edge rock energy.' Says Maverick Magazine, '...Teresa possesses one of those lush, sultry voices that can wrap itself around a song and make it an event.' TERESA's voice is a perfect blend of strength and vulnerability, sensuality and spirituality. It conveys her songs with pure artistry and raw honesty. After seeing Teresa live it is easy to see why she is a favorite on the college circuit. Her shows are powerful yet intimate. She eliminates all the boundaries between herself and her audience. 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. #.