When singer/songwriter Pat Terry takes the stage, he brings his history with him. Those who followed Pat’s music in the seventies and early eighties will recognize the songs that blazed a trail for the new and rapidly growing Christian Music genre.
Country music fans may be familiar with the songs he authored throughout the nineties for other artists like Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Sammy Kershaw, and Kenny Chesney. Indeed, the last 35 years have been quite a trip for a songwriter who credits
The Beatles 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan show as the initial catalyst for his desire to make music. Six years after that British invasion, a new found Christian faith added another layer to Terry’s creative direction and was reflected in the work that followed.
Starting in 1973, Terry wrote and recorded six albums with his own Pat Terry Group, one of the pioneer groups of the first wave of the then fledgling Contemporary Christian Music genre. Several of his songs from that era became CCM standards, including “Home Where I Belong”, which has been covered by a diverse list of artists from pop singer B.J. Thomas, to current gospel favorites, The Gaither Vocal Band. The eighties found Terry in a more rock oriented mood. With iconoclast artist/producer Mark Heard behind the boards, he recorded three ground breaking solo albums which redefined his sound and brought in a whole new generation of fans.
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Then in 1986, Terry took a hiatus from touring and turned all his attention to songwriting, which landed him squarely in the middle of Nashville’s music community. From the nineties to the present day, his songs, including three number one country hits, have been recorded by a variety of country superstars, including, Travis Tritt (“Help Me Hold On”), Tanya Tucker (“It’s A Little Too Late”), and Sammy Kershaw (“National Working Woman’s Holiday”). Other artists who’ve covered Terry’s songs include Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, John Anderson, Tracy Byrd, and Confederate Railroad.
Coming full circle, Terry has recently gone back to his singer/songwriter roots, releasing his own new CD entitled, “Laugh For A Million Years”. The album features 11 new songs, including his own version of “Someplace Green”, which was recently made popular by “The Oak Ridge Boys”.