Terri continued singing in the recording studio and recorded a gospel album in 1983. She continued singing and opened for various acts that toured through Lubbock. In 1987, Terri began working with young vocalists teaching what she had learned through her years of performing. In 1994 Don open the historic Cactus Theater for live entertainment and Terri began performing weekly in a variety of shows there. In 1996 Terri created “The Cactus Kids” - ambassadors for the Cactus Theater, singing for community events and promoting young artists in West Texas. Terri Caldwell Music became an incubator for developing young talent in Lubbock and the West Texas area. In 2000, Terri and Don’s daughter, Cami, joined the teaching program.
In 2004 Sheena Fadeyi came on board. In 2014 Mickie Vasquez joined the staff and in 2018 Haley Simpson, (a Caldwell Kids graduate) was added to the team as well as instrument instructor Mike Carraway The final member of the teaching staff, Lucas Tomblin signed on as the songwriting instructor in 2019. For over 25 years, the Caldwells have provided a professional training ground for West Texas artists to hone their talents and become seasoned performers. In 2016 Don Caldwell sold the Cactus Theater at which time the Cactus Lids became “The Caldwell Kids”. Don, Terri, and Cami continue to produce shows at the Cactus Theater, enabling Caldwell Kids Entertainment to thrive.
Today, Terri is the founder and co-director of Caldwell Kids Entertainment and is looking forward to many more years developing young talent!
Growing up in a “theater family,” she acquired vast stage experience at the historic Cactus Theater in Lubbock, Texas with literally hundreds of performances to her credit. She studied Music Business at Belmont University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in 2004.
Partnering with her Mom, Terri, as a vocal coach at Terri Caldwell Music, Cami created YouTube sensation “The Cactus Cuties” in 2001 and under her tutelage, the vocal group gained international attention and millions of fans. In 2011, she created “Avery and the Calico Hearts,” a young vocal trio who became favorites on NBC's “America's Got Talent” and in 2013, “Yellow House Canyon” a teen duo were featured on Fox's “X Factor” under Cami and Terri's direction. Cami has served as artistic director for performances featured on The Disney Channel, Rachael Ray, Oprah, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, and at The White House, to name a few. Cami recently moved to Nashville, TN to facilitate more opportunities for the incredibly talented kids in West Texas and now splits her time between her Lubbock and Nashville studios.
At SPC all instructors received training every semester in Speech Level, Mix singing, voice care and rehab/prevention of vocal injury. Mickie retired from SPC after 18 years and joined the team at Caldwell Kids Entertainment as the voice technician and piano teacher. She works with each student age 6+ once a month for a vocal lab class. These students get the best well-rounded training in excellent performance and style coaching by their vocal coach, plus Mickie's monthly vocal lab. In addition to working with her Caldwell Kids, she also has adult “gigging” musicians still come in for tune-ups!
Mickie and her husband, Jr. Vasquez, are very busy entertainers and favorites in the region. They have worked in worship ministry for over 25 years and are currently leading a Sunday service in Lubbock.
She was booked for the show and blew the audience away with Whitney Houston's rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” which remains a signature song for her to this day. After graduating from Monterey High School, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington. While living in Arlington, Sheena was a featured performer at Six Flags over Texas for seven years.
Sheena has traveled the world as a featured performer on Disney Cruise lines, where she played the role of “Nala” in The Lion King, the lead muse in “Hercules,” and the lead “Circle of Life” singer in the musical, Disney Dreams! Sheena has also been featured in videos by YouTube sensation and Broadway star, Todrick Hall! Sheena performs regularly at the historic Cactus Theater, where she has been an audience favorite since 1995 and is the vocal group leader and featured vocalist for “Caldwell Collective.”
However, Sheena’s favorite role of all is being a mom to her beautiful daughter Laykn and wife to her husband, John who are her biggest fans!
He played his first Cactus Theater Show in 2000 with Don Caldwell’s Rhythm Machine and has continued to work with the Caldwells and other area musicians on various projects.
Mike has played on numerous recordings and videos throughout his extensive career and has devoted many years to mentoring aspiring musicians. After retiring from SPC in 2017, he started teaching at Caldwell Kids Entertainment. He is currently a member of the band “Caldwell Collective” and continues playing on various projects throughout the region. He’s looking forward to many more years of teaching and performing.
At age 5 he was on his way to becoming the greatest kazoo player to ever walk the earth. But then tragedy struck when he turned 6 and he lost all feeling in his lips. But little did he know it would be the best thing that ever happened to him because it forced him to learn to play the guitar.
Taking lessons from himself really helped him to advance far beyond his peers and by age 10 he wrote his first song. It was the greatest song ever written. Unfortunately, it wasn’t recorded on his voice memos and he couldn’t remember it the next day.
He’s been trying to remember it ever since. In doing so, he has written many many very great songs. Which have earned him the prestigious position as The Caldwell Kids Songwriting Instructor.
Working with Caldwell Productions and now with Caldwell Entertainment, she was the lead event coordinator for such events as the Buddy Holly Gala, Lubbock Land Company’s 15th Anniversary party, numerous Christmas concerts and events, New Year’s Eve events, Weddings and Corporate parties. One, in particular, that stands out was the City-Wide Millennium New Year’s Eve party, which also debuted Steve Teeters’ sculptures that now stand in front of the Wells Fargo Amphitheater.
One of her most exciting and challenging events was as a production manager for Lubbock’s Centennial Opening and Closing Celebrations with “The Lubbock Legends Concerts” hosted by Mac Davis and produced by Don Caldwell. Over the years Phyllis has volunteered as Chairman of 4th on Broadway in 1996 and took over the Presidency of Broadway Festivals, Inc. in January 2001 thru 2004 and again from 2009 thru 2011.
She also served as Chairman of the Buddy Holly Festivals in the late ’90s and Chairman of Lubbock Music Festivals in the early 2000s. She was also been chairman of the City of Lubbock Citizens Advisory Committee, Lubbock Parks & Recreation and was a fundraiser and organizer for the Freedom Fountain at Huneke Park. She was elected to the Lubbock City Council in 2004 and served until her term expired in 2008.
Phyllis’ passion to help Lubbock embrace its music heritage and cultural arts is unsurpassed. Her volunteerism in this community has made a major difference. She is a masterful organizer and event coordinator for Caldwell Entertainment Productions and Promotions.