Saturday, 19 March 2011

Teri Tobin

Born on Valentine’s Day, this Arizona-born songtress, songwriter & producer had sounds of soul music flowing through her veins at an early age. Voice training in those days started at her grandmother’s church. Her professional singing career began at the ripe age of 10 when was chosen to sing background vocals for Jeffery Osborne, and for the Rock Band Yes. While in Junior High School she was one of 50 students selected out of thousands to be apart of a junior USA for Africa that traveled across Southern California to raise funds for the popular charity. Just before entering High School the group had the opportunity to travel to Amman, Jordan to meet the late King Hussein and Queen Noor during a performance at the Jeresh Festival.

The former beauty pageant winner decided long ago while singing along with Natalie Cole’s Our Love that music was her true passion and has set her sights on her dream ever since. While studying classical voice at Howard University, Tobin gained stage experiences performing with the school’s Chorale in which during President Clinton’s Inaugural Gala on

the National Mall, performing background for Diana Ross, Whitley Phipps, and shared the stage with Patti LaBelle, Luther Vandross, Shai and many others. She also got her first taste of the nightclub scene while living in Washington, DC at the infamous Takoma Station, where Roberta Flack got her start. With the introduction to Jazz music yet, another genre added to her repertoire.

Performing demos and background vocals for artists such as Joe, Chico DeBarge, Coolio, Chante Moore, Korea-based Uptown, Coco Lee and Mica Paris has prepared her for her moment to shine as a solo artist. She also appears on James Tobin's sophomore release entitled " Late Nite" and co-wrote the title track. You can hear her fusion of ecclectic collaborations with Calvin Banks "Audio Tunes", Bernard Stevenson "Kingdom of Love" and The Element’s latest release, rounding off the genre appearances of Hip Hop, Gospel, Jazz and Alternative. As a featured singer for the band Eschelon she was a crowd favorite at City of Riverside Concerts in the Park Series. While in the “Valley of the Sun” she has played at the Sail Inn, George Washington Carver Museum, Hot Chocolate Lounge and other local Phoenix venues. Upon the release of her much anticipated solo album, she plans to host CD release parties in both Arizona and California, as both places she considers herself a “hometown girl”.

Although most of her influences are male singers like Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Donny Hathaway, Tobin is reminiscent of the sultry sounds and richness of R&B or Jazz singers of yesterday.

“ I feel like this is what I was put on this earth to do...” - T. Tobin

She punctuates each line with heart and soul, speaking to every generation with each melodic phrase. Prepare to be touched by her honesty as she expresses her unwavering admiration of her first true love…….music

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