WOMAN of ACTION – Tonia Tecce


A Celebration of Women

is excited to Celebrate the Life of this Amazing, Artist and Charity Driven Inspiration that Fell in Love, Stayed in Love; is the Mother of six, enjoys performing, family dinners, spending time with friends, and meeting new people.

Her agent tells us that ‘long before Boyle took the stage and shocked Simon Cowell’…Tonia Tecce was living her own dream, embodying the exciting truth…

that it’s never too late!

  

WOMAN of ACTION

Tonia Tecce

 

SUSAN BOYLE ISN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO DREAMED A DREAM …but it wasn’t simply the 40-something Scottish singer’s voice and charm that drove hundreds of millions to tears watching clips on YouTube and made her debut recording the year’s biggest selling album in the world. To borrow from the song that made her famous, it was all about her daring to dream a dream before our eyes. And reminding us that the only expiration dates those dreams have are the ones we put on them….meet Tonia Tecce! 

 

 

Lest anyone think Tonia’s emergence as a popular song stylist was anything but a ‘Too-long-delayed Destiny’, it’s important to note that she began singing onstage when she was eight years old and planned to head to New York to pursue her career.

 

 

 

But her family, including her father– a small town New Jersey doctor who came from an era when they still made house callsplaced greater value on education.

 

…..so she went off to Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

 

Tecce employs the Romantic Imagery of Cupid’s arrow to explain how her dream got sidetracked for very worthwhile reasons–

 

 

—seven of them, in fact: her husband, (whom she married six days after graduation) and the six wonderful children they raised.

After more than 20 years after putting her dreams on hold, and as her family responsibilities lessened, Tecce auditioned for master voice teacher Florence Berggren (Julliard), who accepted her as a student and referred her to voice coach Martin Rich, conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.

  Florence Berggren , a Philadelphia native, Miss Berggren taught at both Julliard and Temple University. Not only did she instruct me in good solid vocal technique, but she gave me respect for the craft of vocal pedagogy. Miss Berggren recently passed away at the age of 100. She will always be remembered as a life-altering influence on me and my musical life.

 

Maestro Rich was so impressed with her voice that he began working with her ‘Immediately’.

 

 

One of her fondest onstage moments was performing at Carnegie Hall with Rich in 1991;

a few years ago,

after he passed away, she sang there for the third time in Tribute and was the Only Singer Onstage who was not from the roster of the Met Opera.

 

 

..I know Who I Am, I Love my Family

and

wouldn’t Change a Minute of My Life…..

 

Anyone who thought Tecce was crazy to start pursuing her singing career in the early 1980s after deferring her lifelong dream to raise six kids might think she’s madder yet to launch a recording career at an age when most people are settling into retirement.

 The singer, who also has 12 Grandchildren, has two responses for them:

What A Wonderful World, her 2006 Independent Debut

and Smile,

her glorious new, ten-track collection of uniquely selected Secular and Spiritual songs that, like Tecce herself, can’t help but lift us during these uncertain, troubling times. While Tecce may be a new name to those outside her regular performing base on the East Coast, her collaborators on both projects are world renowned.

Tecce says, as a perpetual student, always willing to learn more and try harder, “For me, this is about uplifting people and I truly believe in the sentiment that we can always find a way to ‘Smile’ through the hard times. My hope is that listeners who hear my interpretation will experience a positive moment that makes them feel better. The album can work on that level or simply be a nice afternoon of easy music to listen to. “

 

“I wanted to keep it Secular and Spiritual to simply reflect how we feel in times of trouble.”

 

Tecce has told her story on local media and before live audiences throughout the Delaware Valley. Accompanied by her heart-filled renditions of favorites from Broadway and the Hollywood screen, as well as classical songs and arias, her story has captivated listeners and enhanced her reputation as one of the most popular –and beloved– performers in the region.

 

 

To draw from an old showbiz cliché, the “practice” that got her to Carnegie Hall also earned her performances at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music

 

and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts,

where she made her

Debut as a Headliner in “Tonia Tecce Sings!”

 

VIVA la France…!

 

She’s done eighteen seasons with the Ocean City Pops and has performed at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. and for the President of the United States (at a Presidential Salute and Inaugural Ball) and two inaugural ceremonies for the Governor of Pennsylvania. In addition to appearing onstage with leading operatic voices, Tecce also finds time to perform at benefit concerts and fundraisers for colleges, churches and hospitals.

 The Scleroderma Federation of the Delaware Valley awarded her its Humanitarian Award in recognition of her artistry and her dedication to this worthy cause.

 

The Key Philosophy she uses in all of her Motivational Talks is:

“Living your dream takes determination and hard work, but if you want it badly enough, nothing can stop you. Life is not a dress rehearsal, so if you have a dream, follow it…”

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Tonia is Living Proof  that

60 is the new 40 ~~~~ 50 is the new 30

….take the plunge!

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“If the fact that I’m fulfilling my dream of being a recording artist at this age can inspire someone in their 60s, 70s or even 80s to live their life fully and passionately, that would make me very happy,” Tecce says. “One woman who read my story in the Philadelphia Inquirer went back to get her Master’s in English, which she had begun pursuing long ago.”

 

 

‘So take that cover off your piano, pull that violin out of your closet, begin writing that book. When I auditioned for the Met, I didn’t let anything hold me back.

 

 

If you’ve always thought you can do it, you can. ‘

 

If someone walks away from one of my performances or talks and thinks,  

‘Well she did it, why can’t I?’

that’s the kind of thing that makes me truly ‘Smile’.”

 

 

“I always loved singing the standards and the Broadway tunes, but I wanted the best training possible to be sure I had a solid technique and could then develop my own style. I studied with the best vocal coaches imaginable.

 

In fact,

after the kids were grown and gone, 

I pursued light opera, as a Lyrical Soprano.”

 

 

Tonia is equally at home with the compositions of Mozart and Puccini as she is with the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David or the Broadway score of Leonard Bernstein or Rodgers & Hammerstein.

 

‘What a Wonderful World’

and my newest,

‘Smile’

 

Smile’ And Tecce’s 2006 Debut ‘What A Wonderful World’ are Arranged and Conducted By Byron Olson (Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Carmen McRae) and Produced By John Vanore(Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Michael Crawford)

 

“I’m extremely happy with both of them.”

 

These are my favorite songs and I have had an absolutely brilliant team of producers, arrangers and musicians working with me on both albums.

PHOTO GALLERY OF BYRON OLSON: http://byronolsonmusic.com/gallery/

I closed What A Wonderful World with just Byron on piano and we took the same route this time, wrapping Smile with Irving Berlin’s:

Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep” from ‘White Christmas.’

Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney

 

Speaking of Christmas, when Tecce was originally tossing around ideas for the follow-up to What A Wonderful World, her older daughter urged her to do a holiday album.

 “Needless to say,”

 

Tecce says,

 I would have loved to make a Christmas album and hope to do so someday. But I wanted to do more than that. I wanted to touch the hearts of my listeners in a very special way – to give them something that went beyond the music.”

Because so many wonderful people have drawn me into their lives and shared with me their personal stories, both happy and sad, I began to think of making a recording dealing with a wide range of emotions and feelings.

“I think Smile conveys the fact that I’m a very optimistic person at heart. I firmly believe if you want something badly enough you can get it. You may not always get the gold at the end of the rainbow, but it’s important to reach for your dream and passion.” she finishes.

 

 

Tonia’s critiques have attested to the fact that she has mastered this ability and her “glorious soaring voice” and “flawless technique” with her “vocal virtuosity” are guarantees to lift the Spirit of her Audience.

Enjoy!..

Tonia Tecce ~ Quel guardo il cavaliere Enjoy!..

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 WEBSITE: http://www.toniatecce.com/

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/toniatecce

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/people/Tonia-Tecce/100000104833579

CD BABY: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/toniatecce

 

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A Celebration of Women

Celebrates the Life of this Inspiration!

Tonia says about her work in music, that if she cannot ‘feel’ the song, then her audience will ‘not feel’ either. Her belief and devotion to this critical affect lifts her performances to a transcendental level that completes her dream of having her music inspire and give optimism to her listeners.

…this Gift she shares with Others is the Key to her Passion and Success!

Bravo, Tonia Tecce!

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