Téa is a Vancouver based singer/ pianist/ songwriter who fuses elements of R&B, Soul, and Pop music into her own brand of "City Soul." Drawing inspiration from diverse artists like Sade, Amy Winehouse, and Remy Shand, Téa has crafted an unmistakable sound that continues to win audiences over.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Téa was introduced to the piano at the age of 7. At 12, she started playing the guitar. After moving with her family to Vancouver, BC, she started writing songs at the age of 14, received the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (A.R.C.T.) diploma in piano performance at 18, and a B.A. in music from the University of British Columbia at 22.
Most recently, Téa won 2nd place in the R'n'B category of the 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for her song "In a Minute" (co-written with Dane Deviller and Krischan Grohne). This contest accepted almost 15,000 entries from nearly 100 countries around the world. In 2008, she won 1st place in the R&B/Hip-Hop category of the ISC for her song "Fire & Flame". In 2009, out of over 450 applicants, she was one of the top 20 finalists in the Peak Performance Project. Téa was also the very first artist to be featured on Virgin Radio's 'Best of BC' new artist series. Additionally, her song "Fire & Flame" won 3rd place at Music BC's Songbird West Songwriting Contest.
Over the past six years, she has worked with producers John Webster, Troy Samson of Hipjoint, and Dane Deviller and mixer Roger Swan. Her collaboration with producer Howard Redekopp resulted in the 2008 debut EP Method to the Madness, which helped her land performances on CTV's Good Morning Canada, Global Morning News, and Urban Rush. "Fire & Flame", the EP's first single, has received airplay on Virgin Radio, The Peak 100.5, CBC 1, Radio 1 in Greece, and Belgrade 202 in Serbia. Right now, she is very excited to start working on a new record with a multiple Juno nominated, gold record selling songwriter/ record producer Ryan Stewart (Carly Rae Jepsen, Laurell, the Midway State).
Since the release of Method to the Madness, Téa and her band have played over 200 shows, including past and upcoming appearances at The Vancouver International Jazz Fest and New Music West.