“The real deal. ” - Ron Sexsmith
If Randy Newman and Bobbie Gentry had a baby, it might grow up to be Terra Spencer.
Freshly nominated for Canadian Folk Music Contemporary Singer of the Year, Nova Scotian funeral director-turned-songwriter Terra Spencer discovered her passion for crafting songs while touring with country artist Ryan Cook, after being recruited as a backup singer in 2014 while scooping ice cream at a music festival. Since making her solo debut in 2018, she has charmed audiences in the Maritimes, Ontario, the UK, and Europe with deft fingerstyle guitar, gospel piano, butterscotch voice, and easy onstage conversation, making you feel knee-to-knee with her even in a room of 500. Her knack for telling intimate stories with heart and humour has caught the attention of Canadian musical mentors like David Francey and Ron Sexsmith, and she has become a sought-after studio vocalist and co-writer, leading a successful series of Words & Noise songwriting workshops in person and online. Terra's debut recording Other People's Lives was nominated for 2019 Music NS Americana Album of the Year, and she was selected by Dave Gunning to receive an Emerging Artist grant from the National Arts Centre in 2020. Her newly-released followup Chasing Rabbits, recorded at Sonic Temple in Halifax during quarantine, is a collection of very personal songs about family life and wildlife, leaving and longing, and the meaning of home. Set against the backdrop of the Canadian winter, the album features some of Nova Scotia's best players including The Bombadils and Bela Strings, with Terra in the producer's seat. Chasing Rabbits is currently nomoinated for 2021 Music NS Folk Recording and Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year, has received international airplay, and quickly claimed spots on numerous lists from critics, DJs, and listeners of the Best Albums of 2020. Following a successful full-band summer tour celebrating the golden anniversary of the music of 1971, Terra is at work on her third album, produced by international artist Ben Caplan and set for release in spring 2022 with a cross-Canada tour.
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