Artist Profile by Emily Ireland
Recently we had the great opportunity to catch up with local favourite Tebey, and we can’t thank him enough for taking the time to chat with us about all things music, writing and hometown.
Tebey, who boasts four official Top 5 radio singles, five Top 10 singles, and 5 Top 20 singles as a recording artist has followed quite the path from hometown Douro, Ontario to get to where he is today.
Well known for his career performing music, Tebey is also a talented and well published song writer. He has written music for well-known names like One Direction, Fifth Harmony, Pixie Lott, Cher, FLO RIDA and Smashmouth in the pop genre, as well as penning country songs for the likes of Justin Moore, Big & Rich, Jimmy Rankin, Emerson Drive and Joe Nichols.
Currently Tebey is working on a new project called ‘TULUM’ which is set for release in the new year, he has released 2 singles from this anticipated new album – ‘What Was I Drinking’ and ‘Sink With The Sun’.
Tebey knew from a young age that music was his passion, and with the company of his father made the move to Nashville at the young age of 16 to pursue his dreams. He admitted the first little while spent in the big city led to a bit of culture shock, and he definitely missed home; but he persevered and in 2002 Tebey signed to BNA records Nashville (RCA Label Group).
While Tebey, his wife and kids still call Nashville home, his family is still in the Peterborough area. Tebey makes it home to Ontario 4-5 times a year and when asked what his favorite memories of growing up locally are – he immediately piped up with ‘tobogganing down Armour Hill!’, he also remains a Pete’s fan and works hard to give back to the community he grew up in. The Annual Tebey Golf Classic is held locally with the support of the Greater Peterborough Health Team, and through his connections Tebey amasses some amazing donations for their silent auction. Participants in the charity golf classic enjoy a day on the course, dinner, silent auction, and private concert with Tebey – who is known to bring in some pretty famous friends! In 2022 the Tebey Classic raised money that was directed to Peterborough Youth Services and the YES Shelter for Youth and Families for Youth Mental Health and crisis services. This golf tournament is integral in raising both money and awareness for Mental Health initiatives in our community; and to date Tebey and his friends, plus many dedicated volunteers, have raised $250,000. Watch for the 2023 date to be announced, this year the plans are for a concert the night before the tournament that will be open to the public to purchase tickets.
Coming up, Tebey also has a rescheduled concert to happen at the Venue in Peterborough February 17th, with a handful of other Ontario appearances that same month.
Main – Emma Lee
Centre – Ben Dartnell
Last – Katherine Marie Colwell