t e r r i ' s b i o g r a p h y
I started singing in the same way that most musicians do: grade school chorus. Throughout elementary school, junior high, and high school, I continued to be a part of music through choirs, musicals, madrigals, etc. Several outstanding teachers during those years taught me to harmonize. After acquiring that skill at an early age, I never wanted to sing the "boring" melody again. In other words, I've always wanted to be the "back-up singer."
Growing up in the 60's and early '70s, I was mostly influenced by the classic rock groups that teenagers amazingly still listen to today. I learned to love live music during the summers of high school when many of us in the St. Louis area crowded into the Mississippi River Festival and heard terrific concerts night after night under the stars.
Those concerts provide me my favorite musical memories of my younger days.
In the early '80s, I had an opportunity, for the first time, to sing back-up with a "real" band, Gabriel. We were together for several years and cut an album using a recording company in Chicago. We even hired several string players from the Chicago Symphony to play on some of the songs! The highlight of my experience with Gabriel came when a record producer in Sweden picked up the rights to the album there, and we traveled to Sweden to do a 3 1/2 week concert tour. It was an unforgettable trip!
For the past eleven years, I have been blessed to be able to sing back-up for Tina. What an honor to be a part of this band and to perform Tina's music! Aside from my time with Thornhill, I also sing on the worship team at Hope Church where I am surrounded by tremendous instrumentalists and vocalists. Both of these experiences keep stretching me musically.
Yes, I do need to earn a living, and I do that as an English teacher at Williamsville High School. Go Bullets! When I'm not grading papers or learning new music, I love to read and spend time with my husband watching movies and sports or going for walks in Washington Park. My son, Kevin, is a freshman at Murray State University in Kentucky, but when he is home, he always makes life fun and interesting. By the way, he's also a big fan of Thornhill's music.