Of nearly 15,000 entries, came out on top at the International Songwriting Competition. Drawing inspiration from artists like Sade, Amy Winehouse, and Remy Shand, Téa’s own brand of “city soul” cleaned up at the prestigious competition, winning the R&B/Hip-Hop category. She returned the following year with an equally strong second place finish, cementing her unmistakable ability to craft a song that sticks.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Téa started playing the piano at 7 years old. After moving with her family to Vancouver, Canada at 14, she already had a wealth of life experiences to get her started on writing songs that would capture an audience. Téa went on to receive the A.R.C.T. Diploma in Piano Performance at 18, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of British Columbia at 22, before becoming the award-winning songwriter she is today.
Téa and her band have played over 400 shows, including appearances at Canadian Music Week (2012), The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, New Music West, and an opening slot for Robert Randolph and The Family Band at the Commodore Ballroom. The songstress was selected as one of the top 20 finalists (out of 450+ applicants) in the Peak Performance Project’s debut year, and was also the first artist to be featured on Virgin Radio’s ‘Best of BC’ new artist series. Her song “Fire & Flame” was awarded one of the top prizes at Music BC’s Songbird West Songwriting Contest, earning Téa radio play on stations around the world.
Téa has worked with such esteemed and diverse producers as John Webster (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Tom Cochrane), Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, New Pornographers, Mother Mother), Troy Samson of Hipjoint (Kelly Rowland, Hedley), and Dane Deviller (Jessica Simpson, 98 Degrees). Téa is looking forward to collaborating with producer Richard Sera, as they enter the studio in Spring 2014 to record her first full-length album, Millionaires.