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Check Out Theresa Jean’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Jean.

Hi Theresa, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
When I think about my story; where I started and where I currently stand, I always go back to my younger self. The first Broadway play I ever attended was Cats at age 3. I couldn’t believe there were people (well big cats) singing and dancing on the same ground I was standing on. This moment stuck with me and started the path down this windy, wild road. I then grew to acting and dressing up as Britney Spears every Halloween (I mean what early 2000s young girl didn’t) and learning all the choreography to “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls. Growing up, I was a part of the church choir and then was in all the school plays between elementary and High School. For College, I attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and while under my strategic training, I felt something missing. I found myself writing music and questioning my own self. Why was is that I could play different characters without a problem, but I struggled with accepting myself and my love for music. I left the American Academy and started training with vocal coach Breck Alan, vocal trainer of Pop sensation Rachel Platten. From there, I started recording music in New York City working with a variety of producers including Grammy Nominee Producer Robert Cuteralla. I have released singles along with music videos and have performed in notable clubs throughout New York City, including The Bitter End and The Bowery Electric to name a few. August 2019, I packed my bags and heading for the West Coast where I would pursue my music career. Since then, I have developed beautiful friendships with so many artists and have been working on a new EP with an incredible producer Dahlia Lagos. Throughout my journey thus far, I have always tried to figure out who I was as an artist, what my brand is, what my artist name is all these questions I would ask myself over and over again and I finally feel this new music I am working on speaks my truth and who I am without trying to play up an imagine that just isn’t me. My purpose is to connect with others. If I could make one person feel like they can relate to my music and it helps them through something in their life, then I have done my job as an artist.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road, in fact at this very moment it is the bumpiest it has ever been. Covid-19 impacting the whole world and as an artist, it was a huge hit. Not being able to perform shows to connect with fans and grow my audience base has been a huge struggle for me. I do find comfort in the fact that artist is in this together, I have a beautiful support system and we will get through this. When making the choice to throw yourself in such a difficult career path, you have to prepare yourself for mostly rejection, struggles and, let’s face it, A SHIT LOAD OF HARD WORK! But something I find so beautiful through this journey is the inspiration I am filled with when it gets the hardest. You do experience those moments of smooth and man do they feel great and every bump was worth it. I’ve been on a windy bumpy road throughout my journey and I know I will continue to experience those bumps, but I will not give up. I will persist. Rome was not built in a day. At those moments of struggle is when I write my best songs. Nothing in life is handed to you, nor is easy. If it was that easy everyone would have it and be able to do it, don’t you agree?

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a Pop Singer/ Songwriter. I go to sleep singing pop songs and wake up to them playing in my head. I really enjoy the upbeat celebratory tunes along with the depressive ballots. I mean who doesn’t enjoy a good cry from Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On”. I am extremely proud of my Singles I have released the last few years. Two that reach a special place in my heart are “Love is Love” and “Lucky Stars”. Living in a time in such division, it is so important to promote love and to be kind to one another. A few years back, my younger sister came out to me and this song I wrote for her, she can love who every she loves, and I support her no matter one. All someone needs while they are figuring their self out is love and support and that is what this song was for my sister. The other song that reaches a special place in my heart is “Lucky Stars.” I wrote this song for my late Aunt who was my number #1 fan from day one. When I lost her, I thought I lost everything, but slowly did I realize she would always be with me just a little differently and that was through the night sky. I am so proud of my new music I am working with and cannot wait to share them.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Wow, where do I even start. There are so many people I can thank for supporting me throughout my continues journey. My biggest thank you goes out to my family, especially my parents. They have supported me through day one. They know this is such a trying career but continue to give me confidence and push me to be my absolute best. A special thank you to all my vocal coach Breck Alan for helping the development of my instrument. My peers I have worked with and continue to work with and most of all my LISTENERS. I make music for you. Every song I put out in the world is in hopes someone will connect to my lyrics and feel they are not alone. This is my life purpose. I will continue to do my best not only for myself but for you as well.

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Irjaliina Paavonpera, Elaina Karras, Erika Olivera

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