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With a voice that embodies pure passion and soul, Theresa Payne is definitely a rising star to watch for. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Theresa is taking her rightful place in today’s music scene. With her style dubbed “Inspirational Soul”, Theresa hopes to encourage, inspire, all while entertainingly arousing the music lover’s ear with angelic harmonies and melodic arrangements.
Since the age of six, music has played a major role in Theresa Payne’s life. When asked the question of what drives her musical ambition, Theresa says, “I feel as if my ability to reach people with my music is not only a blessing, but a duty. God has given me a task, and through every sound I create, I dedicate all of me to it.” With that dedication, her hard work has created a plethora of open doors for Theresa. Her musical career includes: performing at Carnegie Hall with the Concert Chorale of Harris Stowe State University, providing background vocals for artists such as Wildmann, Lisa McClendon, Choklate, and gospel artist Jai, and being the opening act for Grammy nominated Eric Roberson and Anthony David. Theresa has also been featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and the St. Louis American, two of St. Louis’ well-known publications. She was awarded 2011′s Best R&B/Soul artist by The River Front Times. Alos, Theresa was the St. Louis winner of the Budweiser Opening Act contest powered by Myspace in which she gained the opportunity to open for the Jill Scott's Block Party tour. With the heart and determination that Theresa has, the doors will not be closing any time soon.
Following the 2009 release of her debut album “Go, Fight, Win”, Theresa is currently expanding her own horizons by fusing her signature soulful sound with that of hip-hop, jazz, and more. Her next anticipated release will feature a wide range of styles, and issues that will capture audiences everywhere with uplifting messages of love, faith, and hope, among other things. As a member of “The Force”, a collective of super-talented artists and entrepreneurs, Theresa has collaborated with the likes of MC’s Tef Poe and Rockwell Knuckles, Producers Tech Supreme and Rome, and fellow songbird Teresa Jenee.
Although, the release date is undetermined, Theresa’s upcoming project is sure to quench the anticipation of all who awaits her. Music that warms the heart, and fuels the determination of its listeners is sure to inspire the soul.