Teea Goans (pronounced TEE-uh GO-uhnz) is an American country music singer. She grew up in rural Lowry City, Missouri, not far from the Kansas border. Goans recorded her first album, The Way I Remember It in 2010.
Teea Goans was singing in church by the time she was three years old and when she turned eight she was spotted at a talent contest by the Truman Lake Opry. A year later she became a full-fledged member. She continued to perform there every week until she was 17 and opened for Grand Ole Opry acts such as Bill Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens and Grandpa Jones.
After high school, Goans earned her associate's degree at Longview Community College in Kansas City and remained there after graduation. Teea Goans' primary musical influence during those early years was her maternal grandmother - the late Della Lee Faulkner. A locally popular singer in the 1960s, Faulkner might have pursued a career in Nashville but had to take care of seven children.
"I knew at a very young age that I would move to Nashville someday, "I have a picture that I drew in third grade of me on the Grand Ole Opry stage. I knew that from the time I was a kid that I would be in Nashville. I got my apartment sight unseen. I had no idea what part of town I was in. I just said 'I'm doing this,' and my mom, dad, and grandma helped me move my stuff down here on Halloween night. I moved into my apartment the next morning, and they were gone the next morning," - Teea Goans
In 2002 Teea moved to Nashville, 3 months later she was engaged to high her school sweetheart Brandon, they married shortly afterwards in 2003. Goans started working a variety of jobs, including selling cell phones. Her husband urged her to concentrate on her music and heeding his advice to follow a musical career she started writing songs and singing demos for other writers and played gigs. The first thing Goans worked on was the Ray Price show at the Ryman Auditorium in 2006, this through radio station WSM, who later asked her to book and run talent for The Opry warm-up show. Along with these duties, Goans continued to write and demo songs. At the Station Inn, Nashville's foremost bluegrass club she sang with The Time Jumpers and met her now producer Terry Choate.
Goans hosted a show called Inside The Opry Circle which gave a fan's perspective from backstage after The Grand Ole Opry's Saturday night shows. Her first two on-air interviews were with Garth Brooks and Vince Gill. From 2010 to 2011 marked a series of firsts for Goans. In January 2010, on a rare snowbound Nashville day she made her Grand Ole Opry debut. At The Ryman Auditorium Jean Shephard, a Hall Of Fame Inductee introduced Goans on stage to perform Bill Anderson's Top 10 classic Walk Out Backwards. On July 27, 2010 she released her debut album titled The Way I Remember It on the independent Crosswind Music Group label. Also in 2010 she appeared on Larry's Country Diner, a TV series on RFD-TV. Her first video Letter From God was nominated for the 26th annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards. Goans hosted the historical live radio broadcast the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree for the first time on July 23, 2011. On July 15, 2012 Goans released her second studio album called That's Just Me.
The Way I Remember It:
In 2010, Goans released The Way I Remember It, her debut album. This is a collection of 11 cover songs. Joe Spivey the multi-instrumental performer of The Time Jumpers is credited as an associate producer. The album features an impressive line up of musicians including Spivey with three other Time Jumpers members in the production mix: steel guitarist Paul Franklin and fiddlers Aubrey Haynie and Kenny Sears. The songs composers include many of whom are members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. From the great Ernest Tubb came Walking The Floor Over You, Willie Nelson contributed I'm Still Not Over You (Recorded by Ray Price in 1967), Merle Haggard and Red Lane I Didn't Mean To Love You, Curly Putman and Sonny Thronkmorton's Made For Loving You ( A top ten hit for Doug Stone ) and Joe Allen's Lying In My Arms ( a minor hot for Rex Allen Jnr). The recording of the Bill Anderson classic Walk Out Backwards, which-back in 1961 was his second Top 10.
Dan Tyminski, the singing voice of George Clooney on the Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack Man Of Constant Sorrow, was enlisted as Goans vocal partner on the ballad Made For Loving You.
Paul W. Dennis of Engine 145 country music blog gave the album 4.1/2 out of 5 stars. In his conclusion he said - "For fans of traditional country music, The Way I Remember It will be the Nashville album of the year, joining those released by various traditional, Texas-based labels"
That's Just Me:
In 2012, Goans released That's Just Me, her second album. The album contains 13 songs both notable covers and original material. It was produced by Terry Choate, a mentor to Goans, the man who elevated The Time Jumpers from a talented bar band to multiple Grammy nominations.Misty Blue, was a hit for Wilma Burgess, Eddy Arnold and Billie Jo Spears. Nobody Wins, a Kris Kristofferson song was made famous by Brenda Lee which was a Top 5 hit in 1973. I've Done Enough Dying Today, reached number seven on the Billboard charts in 1979 for Larry Gatlin. Goans chose to include Over The Rainbow, the theme of the 1939 film classic, The Wizard Of Oz, after witnessing the reaction of an audience of World War II veterans to her live performance of the song.
"Teea Goans is the whole package...good looks, great voice and a style that is steeped in tradition and yet as fresh as this morning's sunrise. And did I mention she's country with a capital "C?" - Bill Anderson, /Grande Ole Opry / Country Music Hall Of Fame
"If I've heard a young lady who deserves to be a super star it's Teea Goans!" - Little Jimmy Dickens / Grande Ole Opry / Country Music Hall Of Fame
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