May 28, 2007
5 hours ago
Opa Locka, FL
Gospel - Contemporary, R&B, Soul
Gladys Knight and India Irie, I adore Kelly Price
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Merian Terry was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is the second born to Pastor James Terry and Helen Terry. Merian is the Minister of Music & Worship, at Christian Life Foundation Ministries, where her father pastor's. Her hands are constantly busy locally, teaching vocal aerobics &techniques at her music conservatory and doing musicals at nursing homes.
This sultry singer started singing from her grandmother porch in Live Oak, Florida at the age of 9. One summer afternoon, Merian was laying back on a swing with her eyes closed, sweetly singing an old gospel pearl called, "How Far is Heaven". By the end of the song, there were people pouring onto the dirt roads, applauding her unrehearsed performance. Terrified and stunned, the bashful, Merian hid her face in her hands, screaming, "Grandma!", but her audience wanted more.
Today, still somewhat shy, Merian's passion for music is REAL. You can hear it and feel it in her powerful vocals. She's shared the stage some of the best in the business, like Melba Moore, Keith Washington, Gary Jenkins of Silk, Beverly Crawford, was the opening act for the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and starred in a stage play with Christopher Williams. She’s been the featured artist on a project called, "The Harvest", by the "Miami Florida Music Delegation" and is currently being featured by Kawan Debose and Revelation S.E.E.D. Merian has also been a featured artist with a choir, touring Spain, Portugal and Italy.
This songtress is also an accomplished actress. She started acting with Michael Matthews and his gospel stage play, "Secret Lover". It's there where she learned to blend showmanship into her already super talent. The rehearsals would feel like "boot camp", but it taught her discipline and professionalism. She also worked alongside of Steve and Cheryl Quant of Quant Productions, where she enjoyed attacking the issues of "today". The family-like, God-fearing atmosphere created by the Quant’s, allowed Merian to merge both ministry and entertainment, to convey those sticky issues, straight to the hearts of listening people.
Merian has a self-titled debut project, “The Origination of Merian Terry”, which is being distributed digitally by iTunes and Amazon. The album is changing lives and raising eyebrows both in the secular and gospel industry. As you listen, you will notice that each song tells its own story because each is a personal account of true events. Her stories are combined with the gospel and the beat of rhythm and blues creates a true masterpiece...or as Merian would say, "R&G” Rhythm and Gospel. We will soon be adding “Author” to the list of her achievements and titles, because her first book is due, this summer 2013.
Merian’s spare time is spent traveling, songwriting, and laughing with family and friends. We can promise that once you meet her, you will never forget her. From her commanding vocals to her gentle smile, she's simply amazing.