With passion, enthusiasm and hard work, Terry Holder’s songs are getting her noticed and her engaging performances are opening hearts everywhere she goes. Terry is gifted with a voice to break your heart. In her live shows, she has the undeniable ability to charm and connect with her listeners her soulful songs draw the listener right into the moment.
Terry’s 2001 debut CD, “Am I Here Is This Me,” was originally intended only as a keepsake for her daughters. With the encouragement from those who heard the CD, Terry started playing out. The album of introspective songs garnered sales and critical acclaim and was followed in 2004 by her second CD, "Colored Rooms."
Recognized for her talent as a songwriter, she was selected as a “Kerrville New Folk Finalist” in 2008, 2010 and again in 2011. Terry was also selected to perform as a song writing finalist at the 2011 “Wildflower Arts and Music Festival” in Richardson Texas.
On her last studio CD, “Ticket To The Moment,” she continued to explore her passions through her heartfelt and gutsy songs. This CD delivers her emotionally driven songs around lyrics that take you on a journey with flashes of love, abandon, heartbreak, and social self-awareness.
Terry will be releasing her long awaited fourth studio CD "Flowers At Midnight" in early 2013. She continues to build a loyal following while touring as a duo in concert and at festivals around the country.
“It's very humbling and gratifying when people like your music. If I can touch one person with a song, then I feel that I have accomplished something great in my life.”
Terry Holder - Vocals, Guitar
Jerry Holder - Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Ticket To The Moment - LP Released November 2009
Colored Rooms - LP Released 2004
Am I Here, Is This Me - LP Released 2001
Tracks are available for streaming and airplay.
Flowers At Midnight
Angel Without Wings
Turn The Car Back Around
April 14, 2011 - Terry Holder is a 2011 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
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Terry Holder is among 36 songwriters chosen from 800 outstanding submissions from around the world. ...Terry Holder is among 36 songwriters chosen from 800 outstanding submissions from around the world. This is the 40th year for New Folk and is always one of the highlights of the Kerrville Folk Festival.
April 13, 2011 - Terry Holder Wildflower Finalist
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Terry has been selected as one of the 10 finalists in the 2011 Wildflower Performing Songwriters Con...Terry has been selected as one of the 10 finalists in the 2011 Wildflower Performing Songwriters Contest.
Wildy's World Review - Ticket To The Moment - August 2010
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Terry Holder found her musical calling late in life. A stay at home mom for many years, Holder's you...Terry Holder found her musical calling late in life. A stay at home mom for many years, Holder's youngest child left for college around the time her own mother died. These radical changes enveloped Holder in an emotional whirlwind from which she escaped through writing songs. What started out as catharsis quickly turned to career. Holder's debut album, 2001's Am I Here Is This Me, garnered critical acclaim and notable sales from an independent folk release. Her second album, Colored Rooms, furthered Holder's reputation as an honest songwriter who built stories out of human events and human emotion. Holder returned with her third album in 2008. Ticket To The Moment represents a step forward for Holder. Several years on the road have seasoned her songwriting abilities and helped her develop a story-teller's touch to go with her honest, emotive folk songs.
Ticket To The Moment opens with "Cross Your Mind", a gentle pop song with a bit of backbeat. Holder has great energy here, mixing tough and vulnerable and a pleasantly earthy voice that's a pleasure to listen to. "In God's Eyes" is a song of existential angst & a call to begin living life as opposed to simply letting it happen. "Wrecking Ball" is a brilliant performance that Holder wears as if it were her own story. On "Satellite", Holder captures the act of falling in love in meticulous and poetic grandeur. It's a tremendous example of deft songwriting as Holder brings you into the moment.
"Turn The Car Around" is a dynamic rocker about finding love when you least expect it and when it's least convenient. It's a wow moment; an amazing bit of songwriting that's destined to be covered by others. "When Will I Be Loved" is a melancholic turn with a great melody that shows off Holder's voice in very positive light. "Don't Forget" is a solid love song with a memorable melody and arrangement; the sort you'll be humming along with the first time you hear it. Holder hits a social justice theme with "Crack In The Sidewalk", a song bemoaning society's failure to care for its weakest members. The song has an almost martial air at times, an interesting mix within the country/rock arrangement Holder has crafted. Holder closes with a pair of low-key tunes, "Let's Go Away" and "Sail Goodbye".
Ticket To The Moment is a solid effort with a couple of bright, shining jewels in the crown. Holder's is the sort of voice that quietly catches your attention and holds it. She's not flashy, but her warm, earthy voice and subtle delivery have a way of sneaking up on you. If nothing else, Terry Holder has written some material here that will be revived again and again by other artists over the years. But if there's justice, there's a hit or two on Ticket To The Moment for Holder herself.
Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
April 2010 Terry Holder selected as a Kerrville New Folk Finalist
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May - 2010 Terry has been selected as a Kerrville 2010 New Folk Finalist. Terry was also a fin...May - 2010
Terry has been selected as a Kerrville 2010 New Folk Finalist.
Terry was also a finalist in the 2008 New Folk song writing competition.
Minor 7th - Ticket To The Moment" - Apr 23, 2010
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"Ticket to the Moment," 2008 The lovely C# minor guitar arpeggio that opens "Cross Your Mind" makes ..."Ticket to the Moment," 2008 The lovely C# minor guitar arpeggio that opens "Cross Your Mind" makes a statement. Throughout, this record will have no fear of being pretty. In an album where most everyone is falling in or out of love, there's little new to say, but all the loveliness proves more than enough to keep this disk in the player. The highlight of the record is a revelatory cover of Phil Everly's "When Will I Be Loved." I always considered the versions we've heard before -- even the Brothers' -- a bit too jaunty. In this down-tempo take, just the knife on strings slide is enough to make you weep let alone Holder's sultry-sad vocals. "Satellite's" shimmering twelve-string Rickenbacker suggests someone's a Byrds fan. This track should come with a warning label: when Ms. Holder coos, "Let's drink fine red wine in my living room," some listeners will find themselves combing their hair and donning their snazziest outfits.
© David Kleiner
Indie Showcase Review - Ticket To The Moment - January 2010
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Terry Holder ingratiates herself straight into our hearts with this latest Release called Ticket To ...Terry Holder ingratiates herself straight into our hearts with this latest Release called Ticket To The Moment. This album has it all. 12 Tracks of sheer heaven. Terry Holder has the voice of an angel and proves it in no uncertain terms. Long have we waited for a female singer of her magnitude. She moves easily through genres of Pop, Folk, and Americana with just a kiss from Country. Her expertise is quite astounding. The level of songwriting is superb, taking you the listener deep within the lyrics.
For those of you who have not yet heard Terry's voice, fasten your seatbelts. This lady has the ability to capture your imagination and attention from the first track to the last. Terry's soft, sultry vocal draws you in and lives within your soul. Just as easily, Terry can make your blood boil with excitement and the urge to dance.
Instrumentation is absolutely top notch. These veteran musicians have excelled in making this album incredible. They have showcased Terry Holder's vocals making her unforgettable. A finer match has never been made, perfectly suited for Terry. Production, recording, mixing, mastering and engineering is perfection in motion.
The Three Tracks I have singled out with much difficulty are :
1) In God's Eyes - Terry Holder has shown she can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of todays most elite female pop singers. Her style is unmistakable. This track, while pleasing to the ear, has a strong story line. You will be swept away by both the complexity and simplicity of it. One of our favorites of this incredible album.
2) Satellite - This is an upbeat song with a catchy melody, impeccable vocals and lyric. It's the kind of song you will find yourself singing in your mind as you go about your day. You hear it half way and already you've been zapped into the Terry Holder Zone! One of our most requested tracks. Instrumentation will astound you!
3) Turn The Car Back Around - Prepare to be swept into a frenzy of chair dancing with this one. Terry turns it up a notch and takes you on a ride. Terry Holder rocks it country style, taking us on a journey into this story. Her vocals hold you hostage till the last note. Instrumentation is brilliant.Her gift of delivering spectacular music is not missed on this one. See for yourself.
*** Special Mention** When Will I Be Loved - Cover Terry Holder is one of the few women who does justice to this memorable song. She nails it. Give it a listen and see for yourself.
While these three tracks are magnificent, they are not at all the only excellent tracks on this album. In fact, I could single each and every track out.
It is a rare thing when an artist is this generous on one album. Ticket To The Moment is filled from cover to cover with songs you will feel connected to. This is one of "those" albums. You know the ones I mean. The kind you still pull out 20 years later. It will stand the test of time. It is one of THE best albums I have heard this year. Do yourself a favor, grab it today.
This is how I see it
Yours in the music.
Victory Review Acoustic Music Magazine - November 2009
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Terry Holder – "Ticket to the Moment" (Saffron Blonde Records 2009) If you haven’t paid attention ...Terry Holder – "Ticket to the Moment"
(Saffron Blonde Records 2009)
If you haven’t paid attention to the music of Terry Holder, slap yourself, hard. That’s pretty much how I felt when I first listened to her. I first came across her at Folk Alliance a couple of years ago. I didn’t know who she was at the moment, but I knew something special was happening. Ticket To The Moment is Terry’s third album. Holder continues to explore her passions through her heartfelt and gutsy songs. The CD delivers her emotionally driven songs around lyrics that take you on a journey with flashes of abandon, heartbreak, love, social- and self-awareness. What amazes me about Terry Holder is her ability to write songs that are so different in sound, but so true to talent. “Cross Your Mind” rocks out with a hint of sassiness that’s provocative. Your toes end up tapping to the strong back beat before you know it. “In God’s Eye” continues to show off Terry’s amazing ability to craft lyrics that evoke a response, whether positive or negative. “Wrecking Ball” is a classic country & western ballad (look out, Nashville). Great imagery! On the Ocean” shows a totally different style. You’ll love her wonderful cover of the Everly Brothers tune “When Will I be Loved?” Recorded in Seattle and Anchorage, she was joined in the studio by veteran musicians Freebo, Gary Shelton, Joel Tepp, Ben Smith, Jerry Holder, John Nyman, Cynthia Morrow and John Morton. Go to www.terryholder.com for concert information and CDs. Terry now resides in Olympia, Washington. I hope they realize what a treasure they have in their back yard! (Matthew Moeller)
2008 Kerrville New-Folk Finalist
Terry Holder has been named as one of the "New-Folk Finalist" for the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival.
CD Review - “Colored Rooms”
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Fans of her previous album, “Am I Here, Is This Me”, won’t be disappointed. Holder’s knack f...
Fans of her previous album, “Am I Here, Is This Me”, won’t be disappointed. Holder’s knack for songwriting and a distinctive voice still carry the record.
The lyrics are sparse enough to let the listener relate but at the same time Terry sprinkles her songs with fifty-cent words and gets away with it, “Interrogated by your own Conscience”….. ”Harboring Heartache.” This is the stuff that ordinary people can barely say, let alone sing. The absolute bottom is “Broken no more” but when you get there the fall is cushioned by harmonies as soft as a flannel-lined quilt. Not a bad landing
“Empty –Nest Blues Cured by Music”
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Terry Holder doesn’t recognize her life anymore. A growing album catalog. Release parties. Minor ...Terry Holder doesn’t recognize her life anymore. A growing album catalog. Release parties. Minor celebrity. Strangers confiding that they’ve connected with her music. Where did all this come from? The local singer/songwriter led a different life five years ago, when her full-time job was stay–at home mom. The position was downsized when the youngest of her three daughters moved away, a transition that coincided with the passing of Holder’s own mother. Holder’s home was empty, and her heart was broken.
While Holder used her first record “Am I Here Is this Me” as therapy, “Colored Rooms” is an outgoing disc, mirroring her bubbling confidence as a performer and writer. It’s also a journal for the relationships in and around Holder’s life, a place of Lovers, family and friends.
“Stay at home mom now stays out nights, performing without limits.”
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Took a death and her kids leaving home to jostle Terry Holder’s latent talent with words. Empty nes...Took a death and her kids leaving home to jostle Terry Holder’s latent talent with words. Empty nest syndrome set in, till one day Holder began writing her way out of depression. One line led to another and all of the sudden she had a hat full of songs and a fierce desire to record them for her kids. Couple of those works, “Twilight Love” and “Good Night”, recorded on her debut CD “Am I Here Is This Me” landed in the top 5 folk and pop categories in APRN’s 2001 Alaska Song of the Year Contest. “People my age tend to limit themselves,” she said. Now three years later Holder’s releasing her follow-up CD “Colored Rooms.”
CD review - “Am I Here, Is This Me”
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Some words to describe the Anchorage singer and acoustic guitarists impressive debut CD: pretty, te...Some words to describe the Anchorage singer and acoustic guitarists impressive debut CD: pretty, tender, breathy, sweet.
Holder possesses a voice that sounds young and petite. If you go for sensitive female singers, a mellow version of Lisa Loeb, then check out this disc. The production is airy and tight and Holder shows nice songwriting skills, letting down an unwanted suitor in one tune with “cordially I’m saying goodnight”.
Holder offers lots of gentle gems here. The opening track, “Twilight Love”, had me listening over and over.
Typical concert performance is two 45 minute sets.
Songs performed include material recorded/released and songs not yet released. Only one or two cover songs may be performed.
IN MY SHOES
LETS GO AWAY
ANGEL WITHOUT WINGS
I WANNA BE WITH YOU
TURN THE CAR BACK AROUND
FLOWERS AT MIDNIGHT
IN GODS EYES
LET EM FLOW
WHEN WILL I BE LOVED
MAKE SOMETHING OF IT
WHEN YOU READ MY MIND
GOOD FOR NOTHIN
BROKEN NO MORE
IF YOU’RE LEAVIN
COME ON BABY
There are no upcoming dates at this time.