Every so often there comes along a young artist who fully understands a genre’s musical lineage and brings it full circle for those who may only have been exposed to it in a watered down form. Teea Goans is uniquely positioned to accomplish that feat for traditional Country, revitalizing a style often thought to be a mere relic of earlier days, and lighting a flame of enthusiasm in audiences.
Teea 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. In 2002 Goans moved to Nashville. She 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.
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 there was a series of firsts for Goans. On a rare snowbound Nashville day in January 2010, 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 song “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 for the first time. Her first video, “Letter from God”, was nominated for the 26th annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards.