R&B, Soul and Pop from Vancouver BC
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Téa is a Vancouver based singer/ pianist/ songwriter who fuses elements of R&B, Soul, and Pop music into her own brand of “City Soul”. Drawing inspiration from diverse artists like Sade, Amy Winehouse, and Remy Shand, Téa has crafted an unmistakable sound that continues to win audiences over.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Téa was introduced to the piano at the age of 7. At 12, she started playing the guitar. After moving with her family to Vancouver, BC, she started writing songs at the age of 14, received the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T.) diploma in piano performance at 18, and a B.A. in music from the University of British Columbia at 22.
Most recently, Téa won 2nd place in the R’n’B/Hip Hop category of the 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for her song “In a Minute” (co-written with Dane Deviller and Krischan Grohne). This contest accepted almost 15,000 entries from nearly 100 countries around the world. In 2008, she won 1st place in the R&B/Hip-Hop category of the ISC for her song “Fire & Flame”. In 2009, out of over 450 applicants, she was one of the top 20 finalists in the Peak Performance Project. Téa was also the very first artist to be featured on Virgin Radio’s ‘Best of BC’ new artist series. Additionally, her song “Fire & Flame” won 3rd place at Music BC’s Songbird West Songwriting Contest.
Téa has worked with producers John Webster, Troy Samson of Hipjoint, Dane Deviller, and mixer Roger Swan. Her collaboration with producer Howard Redekopp resulted in the 2008 debut EP Method to the Madness, which helped her land performances on CTV’s Good Morning Canada, Global Morning News, and Urban Rush. “Fire & Flame”, the EP’s first single, has received airplay on Virgin Radio, The Peak 100.5, CBC 1, Radio 1 in Greece, and Belgrade 202 in Serbia.
Since the release of Method to the Madness, Téa and her band have played over 200 shows, including appearances at The Vancouver International Jazz Fest, New Music West, and an opening slot for Robert Randolph and The Family Band at the Commodore Ballroom.
Currently, with a not-so-little help from the very talented Krishan Grohne (production/beats), Richard Brown (drums), Matt Reid (bass), Mel Nieva and Seah Maister (backup vocals), and a few other generous musician friends, Téa is very excited to be recording 3 new tracks soon to be released for your listening pleasure…