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Teresa Barbee, Kat Jones and Myla Becker make up the stunning R&B female group known as SoulTrē. The group has evolved over their span of 10 years together... from their debut as Tonic in the late 1990s, to their reinvention of their sound with Poetic Groove, to their new direction as SoulTrē.
The ladies grew up together in the rural area of Lakewood, Washington (North of Seattle), where co-founder Kat Jones was inspired by the local acapella artists, The Coats. She was determined to start her own group, with a female twist, and with the help of her fellow student, Myla Becker, Tonic was born.
From there, Tonic performed acapella versions of songs like Lean on Me, Stand By Me and the National Anthem at venues across the Puget Sound Area. They soon made a name for themselves, performing for local television, and in regional events including Everett Aquasox and Seattle Super Sonics games.
However, it wasn't until Teresa Barbee joined Tonic that the creative and artistic side of the group really started to kick into high gear. While they continued to stay true to their acapella roots... the piano, the guitar and their own powerful social lyrics paved the way for the artists they have become.
In 2007, the ladies joined together to form another group, Poetic Groove. By this time, two of the ladies were now married with children, and the other was starting her career as a nurse. Eager to get back to performing, Poetic Groove took to the stage at local venues, entertaining the crowds with their 3-part harmonies on cover songs like If I Aint Got You, and performing with bands, such as the Tom Bourg Nine. The group was also eager to get back to writing, and with the help of solid beats from On tha Clock Recordings, Poetic Groove poured their heart and soul into new original R&B songs like Could I Be Losing You , Unexpected and Intervention.
There comes a moment in artists careers that's considered the turning point... when they are no longer just "singing for fun", but they're creating art to feel free. The evolution of SoulTrē is a testament of this turning point. Behind each lyric, each note and the soulful rhythm in the beat, SoulTrē has managed to turn their unique life stories into musical art. Their straightforward expressions of fear, anger and pain accompany inspirational words of how to overcome and even believe in a complicated thing called love. SoulTrē finds a way to help us appreciate the art of music again.