An Interview with A.M.I. Records Artist Tresa Street
I recently spoke with Nashville Recording Artist Tresa Street. A singer, songwriter and performer born in Portland, TN, Tresa has been described as a "fresh country version of Rosanne Cash, Gloria Estefan, or maybe even Cher." She writes songs in today's country style that's about love, romance, and life.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Hi Tresa. How are you? I enjoyed listening to your CD, Aint Nothing Changed. There are some really great songs on that CD. So, where are you originally from?
Tresa I'm from Portland TN, it's actually on the line of TN and Kentucky. It's a small town. Gallatin is where AMI Records home office is.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] And what got you into singing?
Tresa I've been singing all my life. My family has always been musical. Our family reunions were centered around a table full of food, and everybody had their instruments, we'd sing and all night sometimes way up into the morning. I guess I was just born with loving music and have been pursuing it ever since.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] How old were you when you first started singing?
Tresa I was 3. My mother had said that I would hum and stand in the car seat and dance around with the music. But when I started "talking" the first thing I did was sing. I guess I was mimicking.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Who are some of your favorite artists and bands, or your influences?
Tresa My influences - I would have to say one is my grandmother, Nancy Lewis. She always encouraged me in my music and to stay with it. She also sung. I guess she was my biggest influence. Are you familiar with the Lewis family, gospel music? I'm from that family line and my grandmother did a lot of singing. She was always very instrumental in me pursuing a career and being able to stay involved in music as a youngster. Tina Turner is an artist that has influenced my music as well as Cher, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. Not only do I love their music, but I admire these women for their strength and perseverance. No matter what, they stayed true to their music. I mean I just love music, all kinds of music. But I put all of my influences into what I consider my country music. And I like No Doubt and Creed right now.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] And you write your own material?
Tresa I write a lot of my material, yes. We are working on the next album and I have quite a few cuts on it so it will be more of my music. I think I have 4 songs on Ain't Nothing Changed out of 14.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] So how many people in your family? Any brothers or sisters?
Tresa I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers. One half brother, as well, so it's a large family, but I'm the only one that's in music.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] For the new CD, are you working at the same studios that you worked in on your previous CD, Ain't Nothing Changed?
Tresa We worked in several studios on the last album, but we are currently working at Sound Control out of Nashville, TN. Michael Mr. Redford, [Tresa's producer] uses different studios depending on the availability, but they're all very state of the art studios.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] What are some of your songs about, what do you like to write about?
Tresa Different things trigger me or inspire me. Sometimes I will have a dream in the middle of the night and a song title or part of a song will come to me, and I'll have to wake up in the middle of the night and write it down quickly. Different things inspire me. I like to talk about or write about positive, strong messages or positive love songs. There's so much negativity in the world, I think music should lift a person, it does me and so that's the kind of music I want to portray is uplifting positive images.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] What are some of your favorite songs off the Ain't Nothing Changed album?
Tresa Actually, "I believe I Could Fly" is a song that was instrumental throughout the world and when I first heard it the message to me was so strong that it was something that I wanted to do. I think that's one of my favorites.
"Love Letters" is another favorite song. Every time I hear that, I hear back in past years at war times of love letters bringing a soldier through; that's all they had to cling to or that's all the person left at home had to cling to was the love letters, so that was one of the favorites for me.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] As far as writing, some writers go to the office and write everyday, other people write when they're inspired. What's your style?
Tresa Whenever it hits me I have to write it down. A lot of times I get writing done when I'm driving. I guess that's when I can be in my own world in a safe world when there's no one else around and I have total quiet and I just kick ideas around in my head. A lot of times the melodies will come to me just going down the road.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Are your parents still alive?
Tresa My mother is still alive, she's a big supporter and big fan. She lives in TN.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Anything else you'd like to ad?
Tresa I'd like to do a duet with Trace Adkins!
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Me too! Are you performing at all or doing any gigs?
Tresa Yes, right now I've got some time off but recently I did a show in Fort Knox for Kentucky for some troops who were going overseas. I really enjoyed that, it was a lot of fun. I actually got a standing ovation and an encore, so I liked that.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] And what are you goals or future plans?
Tresa My future plan is to stay in the music industry/biz. I'm working on my next album and I hope everyone likes it. I have fans all over the world, a lot of my music is on satellite and on the Internet stations, so that's real neat to get emails from all over the world. But my future goal is to just keep making good music and hope that people like it. And I'm looking for that almighty hit record!
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Well, Tresa - it's been great talking to you. I wish you the best of luck
with everything and your new CD.
Tresa Thanks, Cindy!
Visit Tresa at www.tresastreet.com