Terry Whitehead
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Terry Whitehead

Atlantic Beach, Florida, United States | SELF

Atlantic Beach, Florida, United States | SELF
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"You guys really impressed us with your fan base...wow!! Great job. We definitely want you back once a month" - Culhane's Irish Pub, Atlantic Beach, FL. - Various


"Happy Valley Folks" is a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting contest - 2008! According to the criteria and the score, it was just shy of making the finals.

"Happy Valley Folks" received an "honorable mention" in the 16th annual Billboard World Song Contest.

"Sleeping Child" made the honorable mention list in the Independent Singer Songwriters Association Contest - 2008.
"If an ISSA judge responds positively to a song submission ..., the song and artist are placed on our Honorable Mentions list...."
Shyla Marie Nibbe
President
Independent Singer Songwriters Association"
The list is available at http://www.issa-music.org.

"Sleeping Child" made the "Commendation" list in the UK Songwriting contest - 2008. According to the criteria and the score, it was just shy of making the semi-finals.

"Sleeping Child" won its category in the 2008 Amelia Island Songwriting Festival songwriting contest. Terry performed it in the "grand finale" for the song of the year finals in front of four judges including Jim Brickman, Jason Blume, and a songwriting rep from BMI.

"Happy Valley Folks" was awarded an "honor award" in the "2008 100% Music Songwriting Contest."

"Happy Valley Folks" made the honorable mention list in Session II of the 2008 Independent Singer Songwriters Award Contest ... "This list is posted at http://www.issa-music.org."

"Happy Valley Folks"selected as an honor award in the 100% Music Songwriting Contest. "Being selected is a great achievement to be proud of, as several hundred songwriters from all around the world entered the contest."

"Muscle and Bone" selected as a "very honorable mention" in the Gary Allen Nashville Songwriting Competition. Gary is the editor of The Music City Beat and drummer for Charlie Daniels Band and JJ Cale.

"Sleeping Child" was selected for "Honorable Mention" in the Peacedriven Songwriting Award 2008 contest ..."given to a select number of entries that embody the spirit of the Peacedriven Campaign ... out of more than 400 entries ... Thanks for writing music for social change! Peacedriven.com ... This international contest annually searches for the song that shows the most drive for peace. Be it drive for peace in the world, peace in your home or school, or inner peace ... The message and melody are what counts.... Peacedriven.com is the recipient of the Doublemint Award (selected by Venus and Serena Williams), the StreetLaw "National Youth Visionary" Award and the Bryan Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. - ISSA and UK Songwriter Contests


Billboard Songwriting Contest comments on "Happy Valley Folks:"
"Lots of great crisp sounds. Very raw and real. Nice work. "

"I listened to 'Happy Valley Folks'. I wanted to comment on your fine work. First, thank you for submitting the song. I enjoyed listening to it here this morning.
Secondly, it the song title is very good and definitely a hook in itself. The vocals are delivered with a strong performance and you really feel completely enveloped in the song. The arrangement is outstanding and really 'paints a picture'. The harmonica really underlines the arrangement. Nice chorus. Just a nice tune. They 'can' play! You are obviously very experienced as it shows in your work . Your EPK is put together nicely and credentials impressive ... I will also keep it in reference for any commercial projects that may come up. Great work and Best Wishes to You!
David/ Crescent Music and Media"

Ginger Creek Records response to a search for a staff songwriter:
"Congratulations on making the top 50 out of around 450 submissions" - Various


1. Perfect Wave CD selections requested (and submitted) for play on Canberra, Australia's 2XXfm station:
http://www.2xxfm.org.au/2007
2. "Sleeping Child" selected for playlist on plattsburghpipeline.com and other songs from the "Perfect Wave" CD such as "Muscle and Bone"are playing as well.
3. Selected as "Vocalists For Hire" opportunity based on EPK. "We really do appreciate you and all the efforts you make to conceptualize the great music that we heard on your EPK's." www.atlmovementradio.com.
4. Second Life (a virtual world website):
"Hey now, Good stuff here, looking forward to including these tracks into my future gigs. Some of the folks who have submitted have come by my gigs to check out the set. I'm spinning every Wednesday night at either the Horizontal Boogie Bar or Toby's Juke Joint. Both sets happen between 7pm and 9pm SLT. Feel free to drop me a note in world. More then happy to chat with you about the set. All the best!
Durzle Darkstone" http://secondlife.com/
(membership is free)
5. Selected for an interview on "AM Ocala Live" held the morning of Nov. 24, 2008. "Hello Terry, We greatly enjoyed listening to your music and would like to have you appear as a guest on our radio program ... The show is broadcast in Ocala, Florida on NewsTalk 1370 WOCA weekday mornings and the segment you would be on is also placed as a podcast on our AM Ocala Live Highlights on the internet. The competition is tough but your songwriting, singing, and overall style are outstanding ... Sincerely, Larry Whitler AM Ocala Live WOCA."
6. "Happy Valley Folks" selected for playlist on www.mvyradio.com.
7. "Perfect Wave" selected for playlist on The Songwriter's Network: Neon Productions Radio. http://www.musictogousa.com.
8. RMR Music selected "Sleeping Child" for their charitable compilation, Project Cure. Project Cure has a vision to provide families or individuals in their time of need with an outlet (music) that they can relate to, gain strength and encouragement from, while also donating all of the proceeds to benefit the Immune Deficiency Foundation, National Ataxia Foundation, and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
9. Music and profile selected to be featured on Junior's Cave online magazine.
10. Selected for a live performance for Gap Store's 1969 jeans campaign and the song "Crush" is featured on the website.
11. Based on the submission of "Sleeping Child" Terry was selected to be part of the Indie Music Cancer Drive compilation titled "Songs For The Cure 10." The goal of the compilation is to raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society through their Relay for Life Campaign. Terry wrote and recorded a song "So I Am" specifically for this cause.
- Various


"The Hardest Part" ...
"is the Waiting ..."
His debut album, 'Perfect Wave' takes the listener, song by song, through snapshots of [Terry's] life. In the opening title track, he declares his love for the titular perfect wave. Most listeners would assume he's referring to surfing, but Whitehead says, 'it was boogie boarding for me --- as unglamorous and funny as that sounds.' Kara Pound - Folio Weekly - Folio Weekly


Atlantic Beach local, Terry Whitehead has music running through his blood. He grew up listening to his father play guitar and has been singing since he was old enough to talk. In the past, Terry was reluctant to share his
music and songwriting until he started performing at Songwriters’ Night and Acoustic Night in Atlantic Beach. He was encouraged by other musicians to record his songs and began doing just that. After finishing his songs he was able to record with Radical Recording Studios and produce his debut album, Perfect Wave. Perfect Wave features acoustic songs that are influenced by artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. The album offers solo pieces as well as songs collaborated with other multi-instrumentalists including, Andy Burke, Roy Peak and Tamara Grigsby. Terry’s ability to encompass various sounds into his song-writing proves his range and talent. As you listen to the album you will hear sounds ranging from rock, folk, bluegrass, Americana and country. The album has 15 accompanying musicians and vocalists to give listeners variety.
... If you don’t get a chance to hear Terry live, you can download his songs on iTunes or purchase his album in local stores. After listening to a few of Terry’s songs from his CD Perfect Wave, I think you will like what you hear. Add this album to your collection, and cheer on a local artist as he continues to grow musically. - Buzz Entertainment Magazine


Terry Whitehead is a great songwriter and singer who tells amazing stories through his music. Whitehead's style of music in the Americana genre is the perfect setting for this artist overall powerful lyrics and deep commanding voice. He captures the essence of storytelling through how he delivers his music through everyday references of life's ups and downs. - Junior's Cave


Terry Whitehead, Atlantic Beach singer/songwriter, has released his first CD, Perfect Wave. He wrote all the songs, but a lot of his friends play on it, including local guitar hero Matt Soergel.
Roger Bull - Roger Bull


Discography

Debut CD Perfect Wave - released in 2008
"So I Am" is part of the compilation "Songs For The Cure '10" released in 2010.
Next album recording in progress - this one will be more organic in sound.

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Bio

Terry Whitehead’s musical roots run deep. He grew up in Jacksonville, FL, USA listening to his father play guitar; his dad was an accomplished guitarist in the style of Chet Atkins and played in bluegrass, country, and gospel groups on live radio shows long before Terry was born. A picture of one such band inspired Terry's bluegrass-tinged song “Happy Valley Folks.”
Terry himself has been singing since he was old enough to talk. His performing history began with singing in church, for weddings, and collaborations with musician friends inspired by groups like Crosby Still, Nash & Young and the Eagles. His style during this period was in the singer-songwriter's tradition in an acoustic, "unplugged" style, but he would soon enjoy being a lead singer in several rock bands. In recent years he has returned his focus to his acoustic roots and songwriting, but he is able to use the experiences as a lead rock vocalist to add some punch to his acoustic performances.
The songs on his debut recording Perfect Wave are indeed acoustic-based, but they are so varied in style that it is hard to label as a whole. This reflects his love of many genres of music.
Songwriting influences: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon.
Check out what Terry is doing now at terrywhiteheadmusic.com
Terry performs solo or with his 7 piece band "Red Afternoon" where he shares lead vocals & amazing harmonies with Tamara Grigsby.