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Meet Teresa Suydam & Joey Grace

Today we’d like to introduce you to Teresa Suydam & Joey Grace.

Hi Teresa & Joey, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
TERESA: On New Year’s day 2022 we met on the Clubhouse app while we were participating in a music sync licensing intensive. Joey Grace’s song Biorobot was played during the session as a featured song. I heard it and thought it was amazing. I messaged Joey to see if she’d be open to the idea of collaborating on a song.

JOEY GRACE: When I got Teresa’s message, I was super flattered that she reached out to me. But at the same time, I was apprehensive about collaborating simply because I didn’t really know her and there’s tons of work that has to be done on the business side of things when releasing new music.

I also knew that it would be more of a challenge because I live in Long Beach, California and she lives in Denver, Colorado. I started listening to her songs that she’d already released, and I thought her voice was so beautiful and unique! I also loved that she seemed so professional and serious about her music career. I decided to take a chance and go for it!

TERESA: I sent Joey a couple of my favorite songs that I had previously written, but not produced, and let her choose which one she felt most connected to. I loved her hard-hitting production, and it reminded me of some of my favorite EDM groups, so I trusted that she could take my acoustic song and turn it into something totally unique.

JOEY GRACE: I decided to work with her song “Lost At Sea”. I felt like that one would be great as an electronic vibe, and I liked the challenge of taking an acoustic song and turning it into a fully produced EDM banger. I created all of the music for the song at my studio, then I had Teresa record her vocals in Denver. Once she sent me her vocals I was able to put those into the song and complete the mixing and mastering process.

TERESA: Once Lost At Sea was finished, we put our heads together to come up with a release plan and iron out the music business aspects. Since we live 1,000 miles away from each other everything had to be done through Zoom, Instagram voice messages, and the occasional phone call.

We figured out the date of our release, who we could reach out to for interviews, the album art, who would create our lyric video, and what playlists we could submit to. Then we started implementing it all!

JOEY GRACE: On August 19th Lost At Sea was released to all music streaming platforms. That same day, we were honored to be interviewed and have our song debut on Chris Allen’s EDM Show on Tring Radio in the UK. We were also excited to be featured on IndiePulse Music Magazine’s “Hot Half Dozen”! Within the first week of the song release, we were already getting an amazing response.

TERESA: Now that Lost At Sea is available worldwide we are encouraging everyone to stream it, add it to their playlists, and use it when making TikToks and Instagram stories. We would love it if everyone would follow us on our social media, and stay tuned… because we plan to release more music on our own and as future collaborations!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
JOEY GRACE: The apprehension I’d had at the start totally melted away as we began getting to know each other and working together. We actually became awesome friends through this process! Luckily, Teresa and I work in a similar fashion and we ended up being super compatible as music collaborators! Even the distance between us wasn’t an issue thanks to modern technology.

TERESA: Joey and I both have our own vetting processes when working with people. Honestly, I think our biggest obstacle was the initial apprehension to work together in the very beginning, as Joey mentioned. At this point, we’re more than collaborators, we’re pretty good friends that talk and check on each other in our day-to-day. Even with the distance, collaborating with Joey has been fairly effortless as a result of our individual musicianship and professionalism. I definitely look forward to more in the future!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
TERESA: I am a full-time musician who also teaches private music lessons in Boulder. My typical day consists of collaborations and meetings, production, teaching, practicing, and performances. I specialize in songwriting and toplining. I’m definitely known for my versatility in music. I can play multiple instruments, like piano, guitar, ukulele, and a little mandolin. I write and sing in multiple genres, but I primarily live in the indie-pop realm.

I launched my solo artist career in 2020, and I am so proud and honored to have my music played all over Denver radio, be in the top 10 for Hometown for the Holidays in 2021, be a featured artist on Indie 102.3’s Local 303 for Women’s History Month, and even be nominated for the Native American Music Awards in 2022.

The highlight of this year has been getting a two-page interview in Native Max magazine, which has been one of my goals for years! My goals are to continue to write songs, collaborate, and get my music into film and tv. I am also a growing producer, so I will continue to get better at that.

JOEY GRACE: I’m a singer, songwriter, and music producer based in Long Beach, California. During live performances, I play a laser harp, keytar, synths, and percussion while using a vocal effects machine to produce lush on-the-spot harmonies and ethereal loops. The laser harp really has that “WOW!” factor because most people have never seen a musician play lasers as an instrument.

I call my music style “sexygloom”. One time after a gig an audience member said I sounded like “a dark version of Enya meets Marilyn Manson.” One of my proudest moments was singing the National Anthem at Staples Center in Los Angeles. I also feel incredibly proud to be a self-taught music producer.

Statistically, I think only about 3% of music producers are female, and I’m happy to be one of them! At this point, one of my biggest goals is to create music for runway shows at New York Fashion Week. Another huge goal is to have my music placed in ads, TV, and film.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
You can support us by following our music journeys on our social media. Interaction with fans is crucial for indie artists such as ourselves. This includes not just “liking” our posts and stories, but also sharing, commenting, and using our music in your TikToks and Instagram videos!

In fact, we’d love to hear from you after reading this interview! You can shoot us a message through our websites or send us a DM. We’re also excited to see the content you’ll create with our latest single, Lost At Sea.

Instagram, TikTok & Facebook: @teresasuydam

Instagram & Facebook: @joeygracemusic

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Annie Rose and Sarah Peterson

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