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Meet Teraesa Vinson: Some musicians take the road less traveled on their creative journey, and vocalist Teraesa Vinson has a unique perspective on following one's bliss. The St. Louis native actually completed a B.A. in Psychology at Spelman College and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida before deciding to pursue her musical aspirations. After a time teaching other students to follow their dreams, she decided maybe it was time she heeded her own advice.After a relatively short stint in the city, Vinson got the chance to record for the first time in 2004. That ...

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Teraesa Vinson: Next to You

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Vocalist Teraesa Vinson (PhD) may have left the world of academia behind when she moved to New York City in 2003 to pursue a new career as a singer but, as evidenced on Vinson's sophomore release Next to You, the trained psychologist still has the ability to connect the emotional with the physical. Not only does Vinson work to connect with the music, but there is also an implied emotional and physical connection in the CD's title, cover photo and even in the CD inlay, where the title song's love-tinged lyrics appear beneath a full length photo of Vinson.

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Teraesa Vinson: Next to You

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Teraesa Vinson sings her program from the heart with a genuine air. She convinces. As an experienced storyteller, she puts you right in the lap of each experience. “Being Green, for example, carries a wider meaning than what you hear on the surface. In Vinson's care, its lyrics stretch out to cover it all. The same is true for her sensual ballads and up-tempo swingers.

Working in a duo format with guitarist Tom Dempsey for this, her second recording, the singer has opted for a cross-section of material, from Ellington and Jobim to Stevie Wonder and Oscar Brown, ...

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Teraesa Vinson: Opportunity Please Knock

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Vocalist Teraesa Vinson's debut album, Opportunity Please Knock , opens with a deceivingly innocent interpretation of “What A Difference a Day Made." She begins with an uncomplicated duet with bassist Nicki Parrot, which develops into a refined quartet. The track blossoms into a raucous swing that proves Vinson and her group mean business. Theraesa Vinson's sass and personality radiate throughout this album, yet never in excess.

Vinson possesses a keen ear in respect to harmonic choices when she strays from the written melody. Her natural rhythmic drive is clearly evident throughout this disc. The intuitive nature of the musical rapport ...

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Teraesa Vinson: Opportunity Please Knock

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Opportunity is the debut recording by vocalist Teraesa Vinson (perhaps “Dr. Vinson" is more appropriate, as she earned a Ph.D in psychology at the University of Florida before pursuing a career in music), and she seems to have a lot going for her. For example, she has a good set of pipes, adequate range, sings on-key, knows how to swing, and is blessed with a keen ear for a lovely but overlooked melody (hence the inclusion of “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," “While We're Young," “Moon Ray" and “Young and Foolish").

Perhaps those positives are enough to outweigh the ...



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