Undeniably, it was love that brought together the husband-and-wife tandem known as teoemmy. Secondary to their spiritual, emotional, and physical attraction to one another is their deep passion for music, the real-life magic that adds flavor to their marriage and a lot of singing and rapping in their home. The duo’s musical passion, combined with their blossoming marital romance, inspired them to build teoemmy as a brand and share their phenomenal singing and rapping skills for the rest of the world to enjoy.
23-year-old Morgan Eva Morrison married 26-year-old Theophilus Onime in June 2020, five years after meeting at Carnegie Mellon University as college students. Six months after they married, teoemmy was born. Theirs is a remarkable combination of the groovy pulse of hip-hop, the salient thud of dance-pop, EDM, and the life-altering chords of R&B mixed with blues and Gospel music. Morgan and Theophilus put a lot of thought into developing their lyrics, making sure that their songs embody their personal values, beliefs, and personalities. Mostly, their songs revolve around the themes of life, growth, emotional love, and forgiveness as exemplified by the character of Jesus Christ himself.
teoemmy’s first single Win or Lose gives life to the reality of the personal growth that takes place as a person goes through the many twists and turns of being in a relationship, from the the thrill of dating to the life-changing journey of marriage. Now available on all digital streaming platforms, Win or Lose is a genuine representation of the duo’s remarkable partnership, from being friends to lovers and becoming each others’ lifelong partners.
Despite their similarities when it comes to music, Morgan and Theophilus come from different backgrounds that, in many ways, make them such a dynamic couple. Morgan was born and raised in Rochelle, New York and was diagnosed with hearing loss at the young age of eight. She has been living with the challenge of not being able to hear anything from her right ear. As a young girl, Morgan refused to use hearing aids for fear of being bullied endlessly. She only started wearing them again in 2020 and instantly felt a relief, being able to enjoy their many benefits most especially in her singing.
Morgan’s background in singing started with classical music. At 13 years old, she landed her first job in a local opera house, playing the younger character of Ellabelle Davis, a Black opera singer from New Rochelle in the 1940s. Despite her hearing disability, Morgan excelled greatly as a singer and performed in jazz choirs. Morgan and her would-be husband did a cappella together while they were in college.
Theophilus’ background hails all the way from England. He was born to Nigerian parents and his family moved to the American South when he was coming of age. Like many Black families, his parents dealt with discrimination as immigrants and many of their life experiences shaped the values and personal principles of Theophilus as he matured. Music became his outlet and healing balm at the same time. He currently works in the digital department of a well-known bank as his wife is finishing her Masters in Mental Health Counseling.
“We are co-independent artists, not quite a band, but also not single artists. So our two brains and musical backgrounds give us a wider variety of musical space to work with,” the teoemmy duo explains.
Morgan and Theophilus see teoemmy becoming a far-reaching brand in the future as they envision themselves making a living out of music someday. While they intend to be bi-vocational, they both agree that music will definitely be one of their top priorities. This also means working on the possibility of going on tour someday to connect with people and grow as artists. In doing this, they hope to show people that dreams do come true and it does not have to be a lonely solo journey.