Therese Marie Scores Big with Latest Single American Beauty
The road to success was not an easy one for the East St. Louis native. At twelve years old, her mother and stepfather (her third father at that point) enrolled Therese Marie in a reform school in Memphis all under the guise of taking a trip to Disneyland. There was no Magic Kingdom in store for her; however, it was during her time at the home for girls that she discovered her love of music and performing. "I remember there was a guitar in the corner of the room that came to be my new home," recounts Therese Marie. "It must have had 30 coats of paint on it, and it had plastic strings. My biological father was an aspiring artist, and my uncle was also a musician. As soon as I saw that guitar, I remembered the joy I felt when I very first saw my first guitar at around four years old." She went on to teach herself how to play guitar and piano and befriended a schoolmate with whom she would write songs. Her first performances were for the nuns that ran the school. "They were a very quiet audience and would sometimes fall asleep," says Therese Marie. "Their reaction made me doubt my abilities a bit, but the school is where I learned to play and where I became inspired to pursue music, writing and producing school plays.
After graduating at just sixteen, Therese Marie ultimately wound up attending College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO. Living in one of the country's entertainment capitals, this provided the young musician with the opportunity to begin performing at Silver Dollar City and at the convocations at the College where she also won several theater acting awards. With each performance, her confidence increased, and she experienced several career highs and later performed in the area theatres with artists like Barbara Fairchild at the Glen Campbell Theater. Her first national opportunity came when she wrote and sang the theme song for the "Celebrity Softball Benefit for City of Hope Hospital" a collaboration of big artists to raise money, with the likes of country powerhouses Vince Gill and wife Amy Grant.
The experience and exposure Therese Marie acquired during those early years in Branson propelled the singer/songwriter's career to the next level. She began experimenting and creating across musical genres garnering video air play on CMT, BET, MTV, VH1, and REVOLT, a rare accomplishment for most artists who attempt to crossover. As her star continues to rise, one thing has remained constant. A woman of faith, Therese Marie has maintained her unwavering conviction to live life based on a foundation of morals and ethics that have carried her through the hard times. She explains, "I lost my way in college when all my emotional baggage from childhood hit me like a ton of bricks, and God had to heal me. My faith helped me survive the struggles of coming from a broken home, being abandoned at an early age and my mom's diagnosed mental illness. My biggest lesson was that I learned forgiveness, and how to take accountability for my own actions, and make the best out of the mess I was born into."
With more performances on the horizon, Therese Marie's light is getting brighter each day! "At the end of the day, you want to finish strong," she concludes. "It's not about fame or fortune, it's about purpose and passion, it's about your legacy. I love people, and I want to use my music to lift them up for as long as I can!" By all indications, the fans and followers are definitely feeling and returning the love!
American Beauty and all of Therese Marie's music is available for purchase on Spotify, CD Baby, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and all digital music platforms. Subscribe to her YouTube channel "THERESEMARIEVIDEOS"
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