Inviting. Intriguing. Delicious.
These are just some of the many adjectives that describe the sound of Teisha Marie. So, what about her style ? It's inviting. It's Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin meets Nancy Wilson and Debussy.
This England-born/Maryland-raised singer-songwriter, is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, and poet. She's also one who's not afraid to take risks. After graduating from Spelman College (where she studied Music History and Theory) in Atlanta, Georgia, Teisha Marie then headed to Philadelphia. "At that particular time, Philadelphia was experiencing a rebirth of the 'Philly sound', and it was great to be fully immersed in it. I got a chance to meet the greats, like Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Bunny Sigler, and many others," she says.
Performing at D.C. area hot spots, such as Bar Nun, Mirrors Nightclub, Takoma Station, and recently at DC's annual "Can A Sista Rock A Mic" festival has proved to be both enlightening and exhilarating. Teisha reflects: "I've always written poetry, and I've always loved to sing, whether in church choirs, choruses, or at home, but I never really sang completely by myself, in public, until now."
Fast-forward to the present:
Her debut album, Addicted to Life - The LP conveys sounds of hope, love and appreciation of life's complexities. Songs like "More Important" and "Inner Truth" touch on the value of self-reflection and sincerity.
Where does her songwriting inspiration come from?
"One word: life. Life isn't one-dimensional, so why should music be that way? Music is definitely a universal language, and I want people to listen, and understand exactly what it is I'm trying to say." Her debut release, Addicted to Life - The LP definitely has a "message in the music."