Teri Untalan

Teri Untalan

BandPopAdult Contemporary

A powerfully evocative and soulful voice croons out intimate stories. Jazz sensibilities... classic pop craftwork and eclectic influences from Arto Lindsay to Bebel Gilberto to Jeff Buckley are to prick the ears! "She's Norah Jones on steroids!" - excited fan :)

Biography

Singer/Songwriter/Violist/Guitarist: Teri Untalan has gained quick recognition with her 2004 debut self-titled CD as a captivating performer. She return’s to her native Portland from San Francisco where she worked the stages for over a dozen years performing or recording with such notables as Buckethead (formerly of Guns n’ Roses, Praxis & Giant Robot), Westside Chemical (Stray Records), Katrina Wreede (formerly of Turtle Island String Quartet), Miko (former Prince guitarist), and several other up & coming songwriters from all over the West Coast.

She’s been featured in the Portland’s Asian Reporter, Bay Area's Asian Week newspaper, KRON Channel 4’s Pacific Fusion TV Magazine (SF), the 2004 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, KBOO (PDX), KPOO (SF), KPFA (Berkeley), and the 2005 Asian American Music Conference Artist Showcase. Having worked with non-profit Asian American arts organizations in the Bay Area, she sought out the opportunity to continue supporting arts, education and women’s communities in Portland. Upon return to Portland she immediately got involved with local non-profits, Ethos Music Center, Rock'n'Roll Camp for Girls (volunteer) and Ladies Rock Camp (vocal instructor and planning committee volunteer). Most recently she appeared as a featured singer in Renee S. Mitchell’s Tangoing with Tornadoes, a play/choreopoem revolving around the theme of domestic violence. Her 2004 CD is now being sold online at CDBABY.com and iTunes. She gigs regularly and is currently in pre-production for her next CD.

Lyrics

Thank You Note

Written By: Teri Untalan

If I looked in your eyes,
I would start to cry
'cause I can't help my love
flows where it started from.
And I've always known it's come
right there, from you

Words cannot express
the fear of lonliness
or knowing how to survive
without you in my life

I'm sending you a Thank You Note
I'm sending, sending you a Thank You Note
from wherever I am
to wherever you are

Graceful gentle smiles
and understanding eyes
a family overcome
with a mother's love

I'm sending you a Thank You Note
I'm sending, sending you a Thank You Note
from wherever I am
to wherever you are
I'm sending you a Thank You Note
I'm sending, sending you a Thank You Note
from wherever I am
to wherever you are

The Wedding of Heidi & Jason

Written By: Teri Untalan

The Wedding of Heidi & Jason

I’ve walked the world, through the forest,
Over mountain and plain.
I’ve seen the ocean and the desert,
And danced in the rain.
Walked after midnight for my troubles,
Just to discover the truth:
You are the one,
and I must be with you.

You give me strength, give me laughter,
Give me grace through the storm.
You give me patience and brevity
When my temper is short.
I have so much to give you while our Love is still new.
You are the one,
And I must be with you.

It’s hard to explain, this love ain’t the same.
(It’s) much more than the ones gone before….

When we have lived through the darkness,
With wisdom through strife,
I’ll thank myself for making
One decision right.
We may get old and wrinkled, well what else can we do.
If you’re still bein’
Then I’ll still be with you.

I'm Taken

Written By: Teri Untalan

I'm taken
I'm taken by your gaze
It's taken the words right out of my mouth with nothing to say...
but "I love you"
There I've said it and now it's through
What are going to do with my heart?
It's up to you

Why would it surprise you baby,
a girl like me could go crazy
over you
over you

I feel like dancing
dancing accross the room
dancing straight up to you
and asking would you like to
save me, Baby, from being a wallflower lady...
would you?
would you?

You can't blame a girl like me
for trying every possibility.
Cause something inside says
there's romance left in this world

I'm sorry,
I'm sorry if it's too much.
I just can't give it up.
It's something I have to do.
So take it. The balls in your court.
You can't fake it anymore.

So if you can, save me, Baby,
from going a little too crazy
over you
over you
over you
over you

Eternally Perpetually

Written By: Teri Untalan

Sitting next to you is
Sitting on needles
And if I said this to you,
What would you do?

When I close my eyes
I clearly fantasize of
Getting you in my sites
What would you do?

If I said children are in your eyes
And stars collide
And I see years by your side
And I feel love, lots of love, lots of love
What do I do?

Hey…

Lying next to you
Is crawling on eggshells
And if I sang this to you
What would you do?

If I said children are in your eyes
And stars collide
And I see years by your side
And I feel love, lots of love, lots of love
What do I do?

Hey…

Why must I be Eternally, Perpetually in love…

Accidents Will Happen

Written By: Teri Untalan

You don’t want to hear what I say
And I don’t want to half to explain
What you’ve taken away.
It’s so easy to turn your head.
There are lessons to be learned here,
But I don’t think that I’m the one to teach you
Right here.

There is nothing we can do to make it better.
So don’t waste your precious time with songs or letters.
Let’s make it easy, close your eyes.
The memories will fade with the generosity
of time

Accidents Will Happen
They happen all the time
There’s no hard feelings between us,
Just scars over time

I don’t have the answers to your questions or doubts,
And I don’t think it’s necessary to find what I’m all about.
It’s so easy to turn my head.
There’s courage here somewhere,
But I don’t think I have the strength to bring
Just yet….

Accidents Will Happen
They happen all the time
There’s no hard feelings between us,
Just scars over time
Accidents Will Happen
They happen all the time
There’s no hard feelings between us,
Just scars over time

I forgive you
I forgive you

Hungry

Written By: Teri Untalan

Cold in the night
You hold me close
and you whisper,
"I'm hungry"

Pull out the knife
Over half empty cans
Suppertime

How can you walk by everyday
with open mouths on parade
like entertainment, like MTV?

Or drive by the corner everynight
with little girls on the streetlife
Haven't had that much to eat and think, "Fresh meat"

Hungry

Discography

From Teri 's 2004 debut release: "I'm Taken", " The Wedding of Heidi & Jason", "Little Girl" have gotten airplay among other tunes at the following stations:

KAOS 89.3fm in Olympia, WA
KFSR 90.7fm in Fresno, CA
KPOO 89.5fm in San Francisco, CA
KPFA 91.4 fm in Berkeley, CA
KBOO in Portland, OR

Set List

Typical sets run 45 - 2 hr including songs from the

CD listed below along with 5 or 6 new or old songs and sometimes some jazz standards:

from CD:
Faith
I'm Taken
Accidents Will Happen
The Wedding of Heidi & Jason
Peace
Thank You Note
Hungry
Little Girl
Eternally Perpetually

new & old songs:
Silence Me
Shudder
Jacob Aaron
Under the Moonlight
Matter of Time
Corners of the World
Home

Covers:
Someone to Watch Over Me
Autumn Leaves
Cry Me a River