The artist was born as Teala Sharee Lewis on September 3rd 1990 in Cleveland, Ohio, to the parents of Cynthia Phillips and Douglas Lewis. But she wasn’t the only one, sharing the spotlight with her two siblings, Tiara Lewis (older sister) and Douglas Lewis Jr (LJ) (younger brother), it wasn't easy fighting over who was the favorite child! Living on 116th was probably the best years of my life although I was young and didn't have much it gave me character my family was closer and we always made something out of nothing, I could NEVER forget where I came from". Even as a young child Teala stayed to herself, it wasn’t until the age of 4 when her family first caught her singing then realizing she had a special gift. Her Godmother Karena would always say "Cynt, u got something with her, she's gonna be something big one day!”.
Soon after she turned 8 her parents were able to give her a better lifestyle and moved the family to Bedford Heights, Ohio. "I remember feeling like I didn't fit in, it was definitely something I had to get used to" as Teala quotes. Being in school Teala's teachers prided her on how great of a writer she was and this inspired her to write her on music using that same creativity to tell her story through music. She was influenced by artist such as Aaliyah, Beyonce, TLC, Christiana Aguliara, Justin Tmberlake, and Usher. Growing up in a household who loved music she found an interest in jazz. Her father often listened to jazz and said she could be the next best Saxophonist, and at the age of 11 Teala decided to play the saxophone. At the age of 12, Teala entered her first talent show letting her classmates finally hear her voice, singing Alicia keys, If I ain't got u; "it was the first time I ever got a high from being on stage and just getting that feedback from the crowd was an amazing feeling something I would never forget". From then on she knew that singing was what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. For a short period Teala wanted to expand her talents when she joined a female rap group of 5 called Down 2 Business (D2B). They recorded one hit record that had their high school going crazy but shortly after, the group broke up and that was the last of them. The aspiring star decided to take great control of her solo career doing countless features for local artist in the city of Dayton Ohio, while attending Wright State University, as well as in her own city Cleveland, Ohio. This gave her the practice of finding the image she was looking for. As her confidence grew she was ready to hit the stage as a featured artist performing around the city of Cleveland at Terry Macklins, Peabodies and little clubs in the Dayton area.
Releasing her first single in 2013 titled Losing myself, Teala took pride in the production of the record and soon did the video right after. She knew this was it for her, this would be the record that made people pay attention and sure enough she performed the hit single at the Rich Dollaz showcase where he said "you have one of the best hooks written in all of 72 showcases I've done this year", giving her the one up to win the competition. But she didn't stop there, the artist continued to work hard knowing that NOTHING is promised. Teala is currently working on an EP where majority of the songs are written by her with a few lyrics from other artist.
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