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Determination, talent needed to reach goal

Tess Creasy of Lake Oswego has released her first CD

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Tess Creasy has achieved a major goal: She has released her first CD at the age of 12.

Twelve-year-old Tess Creasy of Lake Oswego is determined beyond her years.

As an example, two years ago she set a goal to produce a CD of original songs, even though she had taken only a handful of music lessons in her short life. Through hard work and determination she achieved her goal Nov. 13 with the release of “Renderings,” and now she invites the public to celebrate with her at a CD release party to be held Saturday.

Tess has been writing songs for about three years and taught herself to play guitar. “Renderings” includes seven original songs. She writes indie pop songs, in the style of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.

“The lyrics and tunes usually are not written together,” Tess said. “I’ll get one before the other. Inspiration comes from everywhere ... my life experiences or friends’ experiences.”

Tess attends Lakeridge Junior High School part time and is home schooled the rest, which allows her time to devote to music. With the help of her mother, Janet Creasy, she sought out expert recording assistance with Brud Giles of Fremont Recording Studio. Giles helped her a great deal on completing the project.

“It was my pleasure to work with her on the project,” Giles said. “That kid is something special. The maturity she showed in her songwriting and preparedness always impressed me, and musicians many years her senior could learn a thing or two from her. I hope I get the chance to work with her again soon as I’m certain she will develop and mature into an amazing musician with a terrific future.”

Janet Creasy said Tess had used her own money to pay for recording sessions and other expenses to put the CD together.

“If I would do anything different next time, it would be to fundraise before rather than after I needed the funds,” Tess said.

Another lesson that she learned?

“Hard work and determination pay off,” Tess said. “And I don’t like to give up on my goals. I love to dream — that is my favorite hobby.”

Tess said the title, “Renderings,” has significance to her.

“’Renderings,’ by definition, is a piece of music or drama and something not completely obvious,” said Janet Creasy. “The songs have hidden meanings.”

To learn the hidden meanings, you will have to listen to the CD.

“I hope to be a musician and pursue this as a career,” Tess said.

Learn more on Facebook at TessCreasyMusic.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com.

Tess Creasys parents were big supporters of her endeavor.

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