Bio:  Terri McConnachie (Lead Vocals)

 

 

A native of Saskatchewan, Terri’s vocal talent first became apparent on childhood family road trips. She demonstrated a natural ability to sing both harmony and melody to the tunes blaring out of her parent’s car stereo, usually Willie Nelson, Oak Ridge Boys, and John Conlee’s Greatest Hits (a copy of which she keeps in her truck to this day).

 

She started taking organ lessons at age 4, despite the instructor saying she was too young, and was the first child in her school to ever score a perfect 100 on her 5th grade musical aptitude test. The following year her choir instructor started placing Terri next to those less talented in an effort to keep them on key during performances. 

 

Moving to The Willamette Valley when she was 15, her musical interests gave way to sports and boys throughout high school. It wasn’t until 2001, after much prodding from her sister Jacqui, that Terri entered the Colgate Country Showdown. She did so well in the contest, on raw talent alone, that she decided to start taking vocal lessons from a classically trained instructor.

She began sitting in with local artist  jc troy  on Friday nights at The Cheerful Bar in Beaverton, eventually forming the band  jc troy & All 8 Cylinders. They established a notable following in Portland as well as the Columbia Gorge, and were asked to perform at a listener appreciation show for Y102 FM in The Dalles.

 

Her success with this act and her ever growing desire to pursue a career in Country Music prompted a move to Nashville in 2004.  Terri and bassist Brian Von Allman took Music City by storm, establishing a niche at The French Quarter Café, and moving from open mics to showcases in a matter of months.   She accepted a job at Hobo Joe’s songwriters’ café, and rubbed elbows with industry giants like Byron Hill, Charlie Craig, and Wynn Varble. 

Terri's talent was recognized by several Nashville artists. She was asked to sing on a demo to present to Gallimore Productions (producer for acts such as Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and JoDee Messina) and was later approached by a catalog company for her Original song “Don’t Fall in Love with a Girl like Me”, but by that time she was already in the process of moving back to Portland

 

Ironically, it took getting away from Nashville to give her the opportunity to sing the Rocked-Out Country she’s always loved.  Rodeo Rose became a reality the moment we heard her sing.