The founder and core of Rock My Spirit!, Thérèse “Terez” Hartmann, is a seasoned entertainer, speaker, forward-thinking pioneer, entrepreneur and business professional with a background in marketing and psychology whose 15+ years of stage experience includes:
leading corporate keynote presentations
fronting non-stop dance bands
partnering with dynamic speakers & progressive ministers
coordinating events & shows
...and everything in between.
She is also:
A 2007 “Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year” Nominee
A Free Networking International "Dream Achiever" Award Recipient
A “Moxy Woman" Award Recipient (February 2008 - granted by the International Association of Moxy Women www.moxywomen.com), a designation shared with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, legend Gloria Steinem and many other powerful woman leaders and visionaries
Contributing Writer with Tampa Bay Wellness Magazine (formerly
“New Times Naturally”)
Author of the upcoming book, ALLOWING Your Success! and “Positivi-TsTM” quarterly E-Zine
A talented singer-songwriter/composer/arranger of multiple styles of music
A multi-faceted recording and voice-over artist
Schimberg Performance Scholarship Award Recipient
Lifetime member of the International Thespian Society and Florida State All-Star Cast Award Recipient
Known for her over-the-top energy, Terez has often been compared to top musical artists like Fergie, Tina Turner, Alanis Morissette, Madonna, India Arie, Melissa Etheridge and Shania Twain (to name a few), dynamic and inspiring speakers like Tony Robbins, Lisa Nichols, Mike Dooley, Zig Ziglar and Michael Beckwith, and has been a featured lead vocalist, musician, M. C., and speaker at venues and events and for clients such as:
Superbowl XXXV – Coca-Cola Pre-Game Party
Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
Hard Rock Hotel/Casino Tampa, FL
NFL Legend John Madden with special guest, guitar legend and "E-Street Band" member, Nils Lofgren
CityWalk, Universal Studios Orlando, FL
The Fox, Tampa, FL
Leading-Edge Progressive Churches
(such as First Unity, Unitarian Universalists,
The Center for Conscious Living)
The Florida Aquarium
"Women Taking Care of the World" International Conference &
Concert, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
Carnival Cruise Lines
Suncoast Solutions National Users Conference
20/20 World Record Breaking Party for Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Ronde Barber
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, FL
"Women Taking Care of Music", The Palladium, St. Petersburg, FL
Sting, Tina Turner, Moody Blues, Dolly Parton pre-concert parties
Weddings, National Conventions and other Special Events
In addition to her many years behind the microphone, her background in corporate America (including IBM, Eckerd Corporation and Tech Data), experience with the network marketing industry, and years as a fitness professional (ACE Certified Personal Trainer and AFAA Certified Aerobics Instructor) have given Terez a powerful edge in understanding the unique needs of multiple types of environments and clients, while instilling in her the powerful values of focus, determination, adaptability and discipline necessary to help others to thrive in today's evolving business culture.
Terez and the Rock My Spirit! team are 100% AUTHENTIC.
From the time she was a child, Terez was passionate about finding ways to help people to remember how powerful they truly are...
Even prior to the advent of “The Secret” and “What the Bleep...”, Terez has spent the majority of her life consciously working with the Law of Attraction and "Allowing", and owes her many years of ever-increasing professional success, her constant flow of creativity, her soul-mate marriage, her vibrant health and her amazing relationships with positive-minded, “cream-of-the-crop” human beings to practicing what she teaches in her presentations, writings and music.
A prime example of her willingness to “walk the talk” was demonstrated in her decision to quit a high-paying sales job to follow a path in music - with no definable resources but her burning desire and a mediocre Friday/Saturday night gig salary to support her. After taking that huge leap of faith to follow her bliss several years ago, she has enjoyed and prospered, working as a full-time speaker, musician, author, composer and entrepreneur - and has never looked back.
Now LIVING her dream of writing and sharing her original music, stories and what she has learned along the way, Terez and her Rock My Spirit! team of musicians & visionaries, invite you to Rock YOUR Spirit and be PART OF THE SOLUTION by ALLOWING YOUR SUCCESS, and empowering your team/organization to reach new heights...
...and by so doing, actively contribute to helping us change the world – one song at a time!
Rock My Spirit! Sound Engineer, Pre-Production & Mixing
Session/Live Musician: tenor/alto/soprano sax, harmonica,
flute, clarinet, American Indian flute, recorder
Affectionately referred to as “MacGyver” by many, John's motto of “whatever it takes”, is a title he has truly earned from living and working with a level of integrity that far surpasses that of virtually every mortal we have encountered.
Many would also agree that the term “Jack-of-all-trades” would be far better exemplified as “John (Hartmann)-of-all-trades”. John's unique combination of both technical expertise AND artistic talent makes him a tremendous asset to making music and more happen for Rock My Spirit! This incredibly gifted human being comes to us with over 15 years of specialized computer programming experience (mostly self-taught) with Chase-Paymentech Solutions, where he has earned the reputation of “if it is impossible, John will find a way...”.
On the music side, John's “rockin' sax” style has been compared to top artists like Clarence Clemons, Alto Reed, David Sanborn, and Boots Randolph, always adding a little rock n roll and rhythm & blues flavor to every piece he touches. His ability to play virtually every wind/reed instrument ever made also adds a distinctive signature and organic flavor to even the most dance/electronic-oriented Rock My Spirit! piece.
In addition to John's multi-faceted musical ability, tremendous attention to detail, and “find a way” attitude (also learning how to use Pro Tools entirely on his own from the ground up!), he is a highly skilled editor, self-taught webmaster & photographer, and one of the most brilliant and productive human beings on the planet. Rock My Spirit! as we know it would not exist if it were not for the multiple talents, love, dedication, and passion of John “Rockin' Sax” Victor Hartmann!
If ever there existed a solution-oriented, multi-tasking, courageous human being, Debby Kohler most certainly wrote the book and every successive volume thereafter.
With a diverse background in politics, office management, banking, sales, medicine/alternative health, and accounts payable/receivable, Debby's ability to focus, create & maintain order, communicate clearly, and handle any task with professionalism, finesse, and expediency, is nothing short of amazing.
Her determination, resourcefulness, and ability to persevere also resulted in helping to pass a Florida law to require insurance companies to provide dual implants for breast cancer mastectomy patients, and persuade the U. S. Military to grant a special exception to a standard naval “no-communication” protocol. Her 12+ years experience in the dental industry, including working with one of the most sought-after A-list dentists in the country (Dr. Jon Wilkins) and Florida's elite, has given Debby the keen ability to effectively address the needs and exacting standards of even the most demanding celebrity and affluent clientele. Her loyalty, belief in & solid commitment to the Rock My Spirit! vision, passion for helping others, and ability to thrive in ANY environment makes Debby the heart that truly drives the RMS engine!
With her outstanding vision, heart, power, soul, and professionalism, we are so proud to have the honor and privilege of working with Joanne Weiland, CEO of Commanding View, Inc. and Creator of www.LinkToExpert.com, a cutting-edge new web portal that easily connects clients with solutions & experts ideal for their needs faster than you can say ka-ching!
Joanne has received numerous awards, including the “Most Likely to Succeed Networker” at the 2007 Power of Networking Awards and Expo, the National Speakers Association Meeting Partner of the Year award for 2006, and (LinkToExpert.com) was also nominated for the “Quantum Leap Technology of the Year” award from Tampa Bay Technology Forum in September 2008.
Involvement in her community is also a vital component of Joanne's mission and she belongs to a vast array of organizations. Among these are the University of Tampa's Leadership Coaching Program, mentoring their MBA students, and serving as a board member of Wheels of Success, a non-profit organization which provides transportation needs for working families. Joanne has been involved in her neighborhood crime watch program since 2003 as well as a graduate of the community police institute; to date she remains an alumni member.
Although Joanne may be described by some as a “workaholic”, working with extreme focus and intensity for many hours of the day, she fuels her high level of energy and her reputation for being the “Ever-Ready” bunny by starting each day with meditation, allowing time for reflection, participating in a wide variety of exercise, maintaining an active “Mastermind” practice, and appreciating the success she creates for herself & others. By so doing, she is a wonderful living example of the “evolved” way of doing business that we, at Rock My Spirit!, live and promote:
Do what you love
Work with passion & integrity
Remember to enjoy the journey...
This, combined with her many strengths, the business savvy that she has cultivated over 29+ years of working with a diverse client base, her intimate understanding of our vision, and her parallel mission of empowering and inspiring the business & global community, makes Joanne a match-made-in-heaven for the Rock My Spirit! management team.
John "Rockin' Sax" Hartmann (see above) Tenor, Alto Sax, Harmonica, Additional Keys, Back-Up Vocals on several songs on the CD "MORE"
Live Tenor & Alto Sax, Harmonica, Clarinet, Flute, American Indian Flute, Recorder, Additional Keys in "Terez & BEYOND!" and "The Rise UP & Go BEYOND! Concert Experience!"
Alto Sax in "Up with Your Love" on the CD "MORE"
Live Alto Sax in "Terez & BEYOND!", "Take 4", "Take 3", "Double Take" and "SAXsational Soloist"
Saxophonist Jerry Kenney is an Iowa native and has been a Tampa
resident since 1980. With musical influences including Art Pepper, Sonny Sitt, David Sanborn and Gerald Albright - and the skill soul of all of the above - he began performing in the Tampa Bay area with the group Breakaway and later
became a founding member of the very popular project Citiheat. The group
received numerous regional awards including “Most Outstanding Jazz Band”, “Best Entertainer/Group”
and “Best Jazz Artists”. Citiheat performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on many
occasions, took the stage regularly at the Pleasure Island Jazz Company at Walt Disney World in
Orlando and was the house band for many years at Brother’s in Tampa.
With Citiheat, Jerry also performed as an opening act for the top names in smooth jazz including Grover Washington, Jr., David Benoit, Ramsey Lewis, Richard Elliot, Hugh Masakela, Tito Puente and many others.
Following his many years with Citiheat, Jerry has performed throughout
the Tampa Bay area with the areas top musical acts including The Dwight Champagne Group, Les Sabler, Synchroicity and Tom Sartori with ongoing performances at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, The Hard Rock Casino, a multitude of upscale weddings, venues & private functions and a most recent appearance at the 2010 WSJT Smooth Jazz Fest.
In addition to the three well-received CD’s that Jerry co-produced during his days with Citiheat, he also produced a recent CD, “Old School
Days” featuring performances from more than twenty of Tampa Bay’s finest musicians and is spotlighted in both versions of "Up With Your Love" on our CD "MORE".
Pat Close is a professional freelance drummer both
studio and live. Starting at the age of 5 he is still at it 5 decades
later. After 10 years of studying all phases of technique and all
styles of drumming he then began teaching. During that time he also
became a studio session drummer. There he was able to work with
producers, arrangers and writers thereby mastering the art of playing
”for the music”, and reading charts while playing with tremendous feel.
He has done numerous recordings and television commercials. He has
worked with Singer Glenn Leonard of the ”Temptations”, singer/ dancer/
choreographer ‘’Darcel ‘’ from the famous television show ‘’ Solid Gold
‘’, pianist Manfredo Fest and Jazz legend trumpeter Marcus Hampton.
He has been performing club dates, tours,
live concerts and Jazz Festivals with L.A. producer/ guitarist Paul
Brown, Peter White, Allon Sams, Euge Groove, The Rippingtons, Ken
Navarro, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Eric Darius and Greg Adams to name a
few, while staying busy in studio sessions as well. His work can be heard
on the airwaves of Smooth Jazz radio stations nationwide and abroad on
compilation disks with keyboardist Allon Sams featuring guitarist Peter
White and vocalist Richard Jackson. Pat also had the honor of opening
the 25th Anniversary of the world famous ”Clearwater Jazz Holiday”.
2006 Pat toured several countries throughout Europe & beyond including Italy, Spain, Portugal,
Greece, and Egypt performing shows for our U.S. military. His great
sense of groove, rock-solid meter, feel for ”all the styles of music” and all-around great attitude make him a welcome addition to our projects!
Mark Barrios Live Guitar & Vocals,Multiple Projects "The first time I heard Santana's Abraxas Album on my best friend's stereo, I knew what I wanted to do with my life..."
is a professional musician from Tampa, Florida who has been honing his
craft playing lead and rhythm guitar in working bands for over 25 years. His unique guitar style includes elements of Funk, Blues, Soul and Contemporary Christian with strong influences from the likes of Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton & Larry Carlton. His CD "West Tampa Style" remained on the top 50 Smooth Jazz..com charts for over a year with track two, "Bouncin Back", going to number four on the Indie chart and number thirty five on the regular chart.
Mark has performed in concert numerous times between 2008 and 2010 including opening for "Spyro Gyra". He has performed three times for "WGRV The Groove" radio for their Wed. night Jazz series in Melbourne Fl.
He was proud to perform at the "Clearwater Jazz Holiday"in Oct. of 2010 and perform two of his original songs on "Studio 10", Tampa's CBS station.
Dennis comes to us by way of "Off The Cuff" and has been playing professionally for many years in the Bay area and Beyond! His solid, soulful and funky playing style, great vocal range and always upbeat, fun, positive,professional attitude make him an absolute joy both on and off stage!
Tony "Saint Tone" Guest Artist, Featured Vocals & Rhythm Guitar in "These Times", Featured Rhythm Guitar in "More" on the CD "MORE"
Featured Artist, Guitar and Vocals in "The Rise Up and Go BEYOND! Concert Experience!" CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT TONY Jane Tavere Back-Up Vocals, Additional Keys & Percussion in "The Rise Up and Go BEYOND! Concert Experience!"