We had the good fortune of connecting with Teresa Suydam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Teresa, why did you pursue a creative career?
Musicians are some of the hardest working people that I know, and I have a deep respect for anyone that pursues this craft in any capacity. We are faced with rejection and criticism every day, and yet we all still create because that’s how we understand the world. That’s probably why I decided to pursue a career in music. I’ve really found myself as a person in being a musician. I’m able to express myself in a genuine way, and if that reaches people and touches them in some way, that’s the best feeling in the world.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My latest single and music video, “Take Me to the Water”, was widely received back in September of 2020. The music video featured ASL translations and interpretations. I am attempting to bridge a gap between the hearing, and the hard of hearing/deaf communities in an artist and musical way. The music video builds on my career of inclusivity, strength, and acceptance that I have been cultivating in Denver. I am currently planning the second video in this series, and that will be filmed in early Spring of 2021. On March, 5th, 2021, I released my debut self-titled EP album: Teresa Suydam. The EP consists of five tracks, one being the familiar “Take Me to the Water”, and it showcases my unique take on indie pop. It’s an exploration and synthesis of all the musical experiences that have made me the musician I am today, and is my declaration to carve my own path in to the music industry. The songs tell a beautiful story about becoming your own superhero.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many wonderful spots for live music in Denver. With COVID-19 restrictions, going to live shows feels a bit more intimate, which is something that I appreciate. If a friend were visiting me, we would probably book tickets to some of these shows where you get your own table and can relax and enjoy food and music.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
RootStrings Artist Management has given me the courage and strength to pursue my own music career. They have helped me take control of my music journey in a way that is true to my artistry and vision. Sometimes it takes just one person to say that they believe in you to really fuel your spark and passion. I’m very grateful to have such a supportive team behind me!