NEW REVIEW - OTHER PEOPLE's lives
Martin Noakes, Great dark wonder
"The quality of Terra’s reflective creativity and songwriting really has to be emphasized. After all, while there are an abundance of artists who can simply ‘write a song,’ there are seldom few that possess a wholly natural ability to convey life experiences through well-crafted and meaningful compositions. And just like the laurels bestowed upon the likes of Joni [Mitchell] and Sheryl [Crow], with her deep and personally constructed lyrics, Terra’s name deserves to be held in such high regards too." Read more here
Terra Spencer spent much of her youth in a basement in Summerville, Hants County playing piano and secretly strumming her granddad’s guitars. Since 2014 she has taken the odd break from her day job as a funeral director to tour with acclaimed folk country musician Ryan Cook after striking up a friendship with him while scooping ice cream at a music festival. A newfound passion for songwriting led to her posting a flurry of YouTube videos for a community of enthusiastic and encouraging listeners, co-writing with Ryan for his 2017 release, Having A Great Time, and collaborating with friends and mentors including David Francey and Gabriel Minnikin. Bridging folk and Americana, Terra’s lyric-driven original songs and gentle, hand-stitched instrumentation with fingerstyle guitar and gospel piano draw from the intimate storytelling spirit of Jackson Browne, Judee Sill, and Sufjan Stevens.
Nominated for 2019 Music Nova Scotia Americana Recording of the Year, Other People's Lives is Terra's debut album of original songs, co-produced with longtime friend Jake Smith at Moe's Place near her family's home in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Windsor is also home to an empty textile mill that is the subject of her song Cotton Mill, beautifully captured in a video by Analog Songs.