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
She began sitting in with local artist
troy on Friday nights
at The Cheerful Bar in Beaverton, eventually forming the band jc
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.
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
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.