Street Team Standing in a band shell in Gibson Park in Great Falls, Montana at the age of four was the first time the world would ever hear her voice. By the grace of God, her two older sisters who were singing with her were a little too shy so Thea decided to take the lead and promptly grabbed the microphone, went to the front of the stage and began to belt out “Born Free”. When she heard the applause of the crowd she knew that this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. So there began, with all its twists, turns and detours, the story of the woman she would eventually become. Throughout her school years, music was a driving force. She sang every chance she got and with the support of her parents went on to study music at the college level. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and transferred to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where she continued to hone her craft and ultimately earned a bachelor of music. Her voice caught the attention of a local jingle producer and she began to sing on local, regional and national commercials. While the jingle business was lucrative, she longed to follow her dream of becoming a recording artist.
When the opportunity became available to work at Starstruck Entertainment (Reba McEntire’s company) she jumped at the chance. She wanted to learn everything she could about the music business while continuing to work toward becoming a recording star. She was offered the chance to audition for McEntire’s touring band as a background vocalist and when she didn’t get the job, she was disheartened and went back to work in the office. Shortly after that, the plane carrying that band crashed in California killing all on board. God obviously had another plan for Thea.
While working at Starstruck she met a brand new recording artist who had just signed a deal with RCA Records. His name was Aaron Tippin. They developed a strong friendship that would later turn into love and they married in 1995. They began building a life together and Thea put her solo singing career on the back burner in order to work with her husband and to start a family. Together they wrote a 1 country hit and wrote and recorded a top 40 duet. God blessed them with their first son, Teddy in 1997 and another son, Thomas in 2000. Although Thea had been raised in church, it wasn’t until the children were born that God began to work through their son Teddy to lead her on a quest for spiritual knowledge. Prompted by her son, she began searching for a church home for her family. They finally settled into a small church in their community and soon Thea was invited to sing in the cotemporary service with the praise team. It didn’t take long for her to realize that this was a calling.
She rededicated her life to Christ and finally understood the reason God had given her a voice – to be used to glorify Him. This led to the desire to record a praise and worship CD. “MIGHTY GOOD GOD is a compilation of songs that touch my heart. My husband Aaron produced it and we co-wrote several songs for it. We put a lot of love and care into something we both feel so strongly about. It is my prayer that this music is as much a blessing to others as it has been to me. This CD is the result of my journey (so far)……..”
•He Said That He Was Jesus is based on an experience that Aaron had.
•Thea, Aaron and Philip Douglas wrote He Said That He Was Jesus and are the same three writers that wrote Aarons #1 smash Kiss This
•Aaron and Thea co-wrote their hit duet Love Like Theres No Tomorrow
•Thea graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance
•Thea has sung on many local, regional and National jingles
•Thea has had many jobs in the music business including a stint touring as a background vocalist for an Elvis impersonator
•Thea and Aaron met when Thea was working for Reba McEntires company Starstruck Entertainment
•Thea and Aaron have been married for 10 years
•Aaron produced Theas Christmas CD
•Thea and Aaron co-wrote several new Christmas songs on the CD and also have a duet on it
•Aaron and Thea have written an animated musical based on the song on Theas CD called The Year That Santa Never Came