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. 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.
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.
Terra is currently on tour in Ontario, the UK, and Europe from February through April supporting friend and collaborator Ryan Cook.
"There is a well-founded buzz about Terra Spencer. She is a skilled instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, and her music has a gentle, singular beauty."
"Terra has somehow arrived at the right motives, which is really the key to the best songwriting. Talk about promise, wow"