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"Tessa Rae"

Tessa Rae Newman is a rising star from where the horses roam in Oklahoma, who released "Spellbound" in 2007. TRN has a powerful voice and sings her songs with passion – it is hard to believe she is only 17. This CD features a diverse blend of power pop, country rock, and tender ballads that are well produced and very commercial. There are 3-4 songs that have above average hit potential, namely the catchy lead off track "Barbie Doll Syndrome", which skillfully fuses modern R&B with potent rock guitar, and the instantly catchy "Momma Always Makes It Better.” The latter is an excellent choice for a first single. Another highlight for me is “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” a pleasant mid-tempo rocker.

TRN's songs will be greeted with open arms by Christian radio – most of her lyrics either have overt Christian content or a generally positive message. Her dilemma may be this: while "Momma Always Makes It Better" is a song every parent would hope their daughter would write, I wonder if it is truly marketable in this world. I hope for the benefit of all of us that it is.

Another double-edged sword may be the diversity of the songwriting and styles. I imagine some music fans would appreciate a disc where no two tracks sound alike, but I know others who prefer a more cohesive and consistent sound from track to track. Personally, I would love a disc full of more of the catchy pop rockers like "Momma" and "Parade".

A few tracks have already showed some muscle on music charts around the world, including the country-inspired “Me and My Ford” (which I mistook the font to read “Me and My Lord” – LOL) in Australia and the title track in the Netherlands. Stateside fame should be unavoidable and I wish her the best of luck.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 3, 5, 7 - Bill's Music Forum

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Album: Spellbound
Release Date: September 2007
1. Barbie Doll Syndrome
2. Cinderella
3. Spellbound
4. The Cover
5. Momma Always Makes It Better
6. Patent Pending
7. Me and My Ford
8. Don't Rain On My Parade
9. Phantom Lover
10. On The Wings Of An angel



Tessa Rae is no stranger to performing, whether in the singing arena as an artist, or in the rodeo arena. This 18 year old singer/songwriter has 1 National Championship and 2 Reserve National Championships to her credit on her Working-cow horse “Budd”, and many barrel racing wins to her credit also.

To Tessa Rae, breaking in to the performing arena came natural. She had competed on her horses since she was 3 years old. Therefore, performing in front of a national audience was very comfortable to her. Tessa Rae was raised and currently lives on a horse farm in Central Oklahoma, where she writes songs with her mother.

This past year, as a 17 year old, Tessa Rae performed in Nashville at the BB King’s Showcase with other talent such as Brad Cotter (winner of Nashville Star), T Graham Brown, and Stella Parton. She has also performed at the Gibson Theatre in Nashville, a concert for the troops returning home from Iraq in Altus, Ok, the Oklahoma Opry, and the Sorghum Day Festival. She also entertained the children of the Make-A-Wish Foundation by performing a concert at the Coca-Cola Events Center in Oklahoma City.

Tessa Rae has set goals for herself and doesn’t see boundaries. Her winning personality, hard work, talent, and determination are the keys to her future success as an artist. Just as she set goals to become a National Champion, at the age of 10, Tessa Rae has set her sights on a successful music career. Her love for family, music, horses, friends, and the country are surpassed by one thing, her relationship with the Lord. Though there may be tough times, her relationship with God will see it through, and nothing will stand in her way. Watch out for this up and coming talent to make a huge splash in the country music industry.