Who Is Teea Goans?
If you are like me, the first time you heard Teea Goans sing, you realized you were listening to an unbelievable new female vocalist in the country music scene. And with each and every new song she's put out since, I'm reminded of that.
Along with the fabulous voice, her song selections got my attention. Taking her first song I played, 'Nobody Wins', knowing that it was an old song from the pen of Kris Kristoferson, I knew she just had to be real country.
And every song since has reinforced my suspicions about her being someone who really believes in true country music. Teea didn't appear to be just some city girl that some big record label decided to manufacture a country star out of.
I knew this girl had to be for real. And she is just that.
Goans grew up in rural Missouri near the Kansas border. 'We listened to an AM radio station that played classic country music,' she recalls. 'When I started to school in the 1980s, I didn’t even know who Michael Jackson and Madonna were.'
Although she was singing in church by the time she was three, it wasn’t until she turned eight that she got her big break. That’s when the producers of the nearby Truman Lake Opry spotted her wowing a crowd in a talent contest.
With her mother’s cautious approval, Goans became a full-fledged member of the Opry a year later. She continued to perform there every week until she was 17, frequently opening for such Grand Ole Opry stars as Bill Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens and Grandpa Jones.
And I want to point out that she is not some kind of overnight success. She has been in Nashville for a number of years. In 2002, she crossed her fingers and moved to Music City.
In 2010, she came out with her debut album, 'The Way i Remember It'. That treasury of traditional country tunes earned Goans four appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and a guest spot on the TV show that celebrated Bill Anderson’s 50th anniversary as an Opry member.
Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers were so impressed by Goans’ music that they picked her to open their shows during their month-long run last fall at the Oak Ridge Boys Theater in Branson, Missouri.
I hope this has found you happy knowing more about who Teea Goans is. And speaking of more, I'm anxiously awaiting more of her great work. I have made a living for many years taking pride in the country music I play on the radio. Teea's music just adds to it.