Theresa Sokyrka is a Canadian singer songwriter based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She became a household name in 2004 as Canadian Idol runner up. Her independently released debut album in April of 2005 “These Old Charms” was granted gold status a month after it's release, selling over 70,000 compact discs, which was an incredible feat those days. The album was nominated for best pop album of the year in the 2006 Junos although Sokyrka’s opinion it probably should have been in the Best Jazz Album Category.
She bought a house in 2005 in Saskatoon and followed music around the world for several years. Her next release was a pop album of originals “Something is Expected” that dropped September 2006, selling over 15,000 units. Produced by Mike Timmins from the Cowboy Junkies and John Collins and David Carswell (The New Pornographers and The Evaporators) the album was a great balance of live off the floor, spontaneous moments to popped up melodies with hooks and click tracks. The digital age was taking hold and industry album sales were plummeting but Sokyrka kept hanging on, although most people would have no idea.
Sokyrka has released a total of 5 albums in her 13 year long career, each one selling less than the next. A totally awesome Christmas album called “Wrapped in Ribbon,” in 2007 was an attempt to recreate versions of Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas arrangements, even using a vintage U47 Neumann ribbon mic to record vocals.
While living in Montreal Sokyrka released her fourth album. A collection of Ukrainian folk songs that was recorded with Benoit Morier in 2010. Even for non Ukrainian ears the album is a hit, featuring the violin virtuoso Carissa Klopoushak.
Sokyrka's latest release was in 2013 “Prairie Winds” a collection of original songs which was recorded and mastered in Madrid in 7 days, free from edits and as pure as the driven snow.
Both of Sokyrka’s videos were directed by Anita Doron. “The Waiting Song” and “Sandy Eyes” both debuted on the top ten MuchMusic Countdown. Sokyrka’s music has been featured in Anita Doron’s films “Mystico Fantastico” and “Europa, East” as well as “CBC’s Heartland.” Sokyrka was a featured artist on MTV Peru in 2005 whilst filming a music video for Sandy Eyes which debuted on MuchMusic at Number 7. She has had the opportunity to open for David Gray, Charlotte Cornfield, Miss Emily Brown, and Matt Dusk.
Five years ago Sokyrka returned to living life in Saskatoon after 10 years of travelling the globe and living in Toronto and Montreal. She lives modestly with her husband, son, cat Jaco and dog Pino. Putting music on the back burner since her last release there's just no denying that this kid can sing and that creating is unavoidable. She continues to prove to her fans old and new that though it's been almost 15 years since a reality TV show found her in Saskatchewan, Sokyrka is sticking around for the long haul, you might just have to dig a little.