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1 April 1981|
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Genres||Pop, folk, Jazz|
|Instruments||Vocals, Acoustic Guitar|
|Associated acts||Kalan Porter|
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Sokyrka studied music at Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alberta. She is drawn to the blues and jazz more than other musical genres, and sings with passion and vulnerability. She loves to scat, adding flare and style to her songs. During an Idol taping, Lionel Richie said there was "the soul of an old black woman living inside her". She comes from a very musical family, and she plays the violin, guitar, and piano.
On the second season of Canadian Idol, Theresa Sokyrka was known for scatting during her songs, the grace she showed during the judges' critiques, and her friendly personality. Zack Werner once said she was his favourite singer on the show from the first two seasons. A memorable comment made about Sokyrka came from judge Jake Gold; he said "Your future is so bright, I've got to wear shades" as he put on his sunglasses. Kalan Porter said it was great ending the show with Theresa, and that she had something really special to offer. The duet they performed during the finale, "True Colors", was arguably one of the most touching moments in Canadian Idol history.
Songs that Theresa performed during the season included:
|1st Audition||"God Bless the Child"||Billie Holiday|
|Toronto Audition #1
|"You've Got a Friend"||James Taylor|
|Toronto Audition #2
Duet Performance with Mohanza Kelly
|"Unforgettable"||Nat King Cole|
|Toronto Audition #3
|Top 32||"Summertime"||Eva Cassidy|
|Top 10||"Good Mother"||Jann Arden|
|Top 9||"There's a Kind of Hush"||Herman's Hermits|
|Top 8||"Piece of My Heart"||Janis Joplin|
|Top 7||"Hello"||Lionel Richie|
|Top 6||"Song For a Winter's Night"||Gordon Lightfoot|
|Top 5||"Cruisin'"||Smokey Robinson|
|Top 4||"It's Only a Paper Moon"
"Dream a Little Dream"
|Top 3||"What The World Needs Now Is Love"
"Ready For Love"
|Top 2||"Awake in a Dream"
"Come Away With Me"
Her standout songs on the show were "Summertime", "Good Mother", "Song For A Winter's Night", "Cruisin", "Ready for Love", and "Come Away with Me".
- Four Hours In November EP (2004)
|2005||These Old Charms
|2006||Something Is Expected
|2007||Wrapped in Ribbon
|2010||Theresa Sokyrka - Ukrainian Roots
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
In addition to the above mentioned, Sokyrka was featured on Kalan Porter's album "219 Days" (2004). Also "Baby, It's Cold Outside" a single with Matt Dusk in 2007
- "Turned My Back" (2005)
- "Waiting Song" (2006)
- "Sandy Eyes" (2007)
- "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (2007)
- "Everything" (2010)
- "Theresa Sokyrka Biography". Sing 365. Retrieved 2010-03-15.