Terra Naomi

Terra Naomi

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Terra Naomi blends classic songwriting with soulful melodies and modern edginess resulting in a sound all her own. This young singer/songwriter has toured the country multiple times, sold thousands of CDs independently and has now teamed up with producer Paul Fox (XTC, Sugarcubes, 10,000 Maniacs).

Biography

I was conceived sometime in the month of September in Missoula, Montana during a cross-country road trip. I would like to say that my parents carefully planned the event, had an attachment to Missoula, picked the music, created the mood, readied themselves to bring a new life into this world, but in reality, a condom broke.

Following a fairly unexceptional geeky art and music-filled, rejection-driven high school experience, I went off to the University of Michigan to study classical voice. Whereas high school was not what you might call a real social Mecca for me, I had been told that college would be different. It was true -- once there, I was finally able to find people with similar interests -- namely loud music, drug use, and general self-destruction.

Needless to say, college was a blur, but I did learn one thing: I did not want to be a classical musician.

After graduation and a short period dedicated to getting to know my parents as the people they really are (read: moving home with Mom and Dad), I decided to go to New York City to explore the option of rock stardom. I picked up a guitar and wrote songs, played at clubs throughout the East Village, and subsequently pursued my other dream of becoming a waitress. The waitressing went well, with the exception of a few spills here and there and one unfortunate incident involving a plate of chicken curry and a designer handbag. After absorbing everything the service industry had to offer, I hit the road and booked a national tour. This resulted in high gas and mechanic bills and an offer to move out to Los Angeles to work with acclaimed producer Paul Fox. So here I am now, a successful screenwriter. (not really)
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Some musical influences: Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith, Patty Griffin, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Radiohead, James Taylor, Aimee Mann, Carole King, Lucinda Williams, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Nirvana.

Some achievements: Toured Europe as a choir soloist when I was 17, sang in the Aspen Music Festival when I was 20, they tell me I graduated with honors from U of M, played in the 2001 CMJ music festival, the 2002 Midwest Music Summit, and the 2002 Bumbershoot festival in Seattle (that was really cool), booked a 20+ date summer tour in 2002 including a performance at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Independent Songwriter Webzine's March 2002 "Featured Artist", Performing Songwriter Magazine's "Top 12 DIY Releases" for December 2002, featured in Dirty Linen Magazine, Indie-music.com and Indiecrit.com. I also sang on Secret underarm deodorant commercials for cash.

I now live in Los Angeles where I write songs, practice guitar and piano, go to shows, and play in the sunshine. I look forward to my first boob job and the subtle yet lasting personality changes that occur as a result of living in such a vacuous city.


Discography

Terra Naomi -- self titled EP
Introduction -- 3 song sampler
EP -- 7 songs
"8-Track" -- digital release available on itunes, napster and about 40 other online sites. distributed by IOTA.

Nationwide college and public radio airplay

Set List

set time ranges from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, usually 8 to 12 songs.