Teri grew up in Costa Mesa, CA. A chance meeting with a friend led to an impromptu performance at an upscale restaurant in Newport Beach, which led to meeting several established players in the area who were happy to have her sit in when possible. She soon settled into regular gigs of her own at local restaurants & clubs. Teri has a vast repertoire that encompasses many different styles & genres. Influences include Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Big Mama Thornton, Etta James & Janis Joplin.