Theressa Ruppert Bio 2016
Theressa Ruppert has been singing since the age of 3. Her career began in Winnsboro, Louisiana, where she sang in her local church and with her Mother, Sister and two Aunts in a Gospel band "The Louisiana Angel Band". They opened for such well known gospel acts as "The Hinsons", "The Singing Americans", "The Payne Family", and many more. She would record an original song on their first album produced by Ronnie Hinson of "The Hinsons" in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 17.
Later in college in Monroe, Louisiana, she sang in a 100-member choir and traveled with "The Louisiana All-State Choir" for two years. After college she moved to South Haven, Michigan and began singing with a local cover band, Diamond and the Rough, where they performed at local festivals, parties and local bars. She sang with the cover band for 2 1/2 years before striking out on her own.
Theressa has performed with well-known European blues artist, Jimmy Dillon, J.C. Hartsfield, a former Columbia Recording Artist, of the "Heartsfield" band from the 70's and also sang backup for well-known Elvis imitator "The Big E". She was privileged to perform for Heather Headley, a well known R&B performer's wedding reception and later sang a duet with Chuck Leavell from the Rolling Stones at the Blue Star Music Theatre.
Theressa has since formed her own band, writing and performing her own music. She released her first CD, called "Get On Board", in April of the same year she was given the opportunity to open for Lorrie Morgan, and "The Rocking Road House" tour which included Joe Diffy, Mark Chestnut and Chad Brock, at "Summer Jam" in St. Joseph Michigan.
Theressa entered and won the "Nashville Star" competition in Chicago and headed to Kansas City for the "Nashville Star" regional where she did not place but gained a chance to be seen by executives in the Country Music Industry. After "The Nashville Star" she released her second CD "Dance of Life".
With her new CD out, Theressa opened for the legendary Leon Russell in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Country Music Star, Chris Cagle in St. Joseph, Michigan. In 2004 she appeared on Oprah's Pop Star Challenge as one of eight contestants out of 16,000 videos submitted. She then went on to perform at the CMA Festival (formerly known as Fanfare) on the same stage as some of Country Music's biggest legends at the Ryman Auditorium.
In 2009 she realized a dream when she was ask to perform with The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; then went on to open for Alice Peacock at the Foundry Hall. Theressa also spotlighted at the Underground Village in New York City. She was chosen as Mrs. Van Buren County and competed in the Mrs. Michigan Pageant. Recently she was selected as a judge for the Miss Dowagiac Diamond Jubilee 75th pageant.
She is continuing to speak out about her experiences with molestation, domestic/dating violence abuse and abandonment. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Coalition of Van Buren County and heads up the fundraising committee for their annual Fundraisers.
Theressa more recently travels to Peru to speak and sing at a women’s conference that was started by her church group two years ago. She is the worship leader at her church and sings in her new contemporary Christian group called Witn3ss.