“She's Got a Heart Like Mine is the kind of heartfelt, soul infused rock that has been sorely absent from radio. Terry Bell has a great sound that fuses soft rock, country and classic rock in the vein of the Eagles with an Americana sound that has been steadily gaining mainstream popularity " Brent Adams- Host, Fast Line Fast Track radio show/ Nashville public relations consultant. ”
Terry Bell is a seasoned Nashville songwriter and performer with over 30 years experience in the music business. He was born in California and was raised in the heart of the Red River Valley in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota .
From the time Terry was 5 years old singing in the church choir and doing his first solo on the radio , to getting his first 6 string acoustic guitar, an old Stella that his mom got him with Green Stamps from the M.H gas station, and hearing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, he has been playing music in clubs, coffee houses and bars in San Francisco , singing on the street on Fisherman's Wharf, performing at The Catalyst, The Crows Nest, in Santa Cruz, My Fathers Place in NY. and doing writers nights and shows at Douglas Corner, the Bluebird Cafe, and other clubs in Nashville he has been writing songs and performing, music is like air to Terry; he can’t live with out it.
Terry was a founding member of Dakotah, with fellow North Dakotan Michael Carney. the group was a popular country rock band in Eugene, Ore in the 70’s, 80’s. The band was a featured act at Oregon Country Fair and local hot spots like Murphy & Me,The Black Forest, Eugene Hotel and The Place. Dakotah was one of the top regional bands in the Pacific Northwest.
He has shared the stage with artists , Robert Cray, Elvin Bishop, Steppenwolf, Head East, Beautiful Day, Country Joe and the Fish and folk -singer and legend David Bromberg and played concerts and festivals with Dakotah.
Terry moved to Nashville in 1988 to do an audition for“ You Can Be a Star “a new talent show on The Nashville Network. The show was cancelled but because the producers were so impressed with his audition tape they decided to feature him on "American Magazine". The show was broadcast live on TNN and interviewed celebrities, country artists and showcased local songwriters.
He wrote songs for an artist project for Multi- Grammy Award wining producer Keith Olsen. When he met Keith he was producing Thad Christopher who he was writing with at the time. Keith was the producer of Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Rick Springfield , Grateful Dead, Foreigner, Heart, Santana. , Pat Benatar, Heart Joe Walsh , Eric Burdon and the Animal's and other rock acts in the 70's, 80's 90's.
Terry worked with country artist Tracy Lawrence at the beginning of his career. When Tracy did his first showcase at the Bluebird Cafe and his live at Libby's Sunday night radio shows he performed 3 of the songs he wrote with Terry. He has also written with hit songwriters , Jennifer Pierce, Gerald Smith, Bobby Maquez Michael Grimm, Ashe Underwood, Margaret Harris, and Lee Kweller to mention few of the tune smiths he has written with over the years.
He has worked behind the scenes writing and finding songs for California Country pop singer Summer Shappell first album . Summer was featured on Season 9 of the Knockout Rounds on the Voice . He was also responsible for finding a song that he heard at a local writers show written by Ariel Caten. Faith Hill recorded " A Man's Home is His Castle " on her second album " It Matters To Me ". The album was one of her top selling records in her career and was RIAA certified 4X Platinum in total sales in 2002 and to date has sold over 5 million records world wide.
Terry has had 4 Top 10 charting singles and 2 number 1 # songs in his career. He wrote "Crazy Over You " with country singer Jake Cauley that hit the top spot in the New Music Weekly Country Charts in 2018, His song , " Take It to the Maker with Michael Grimm found its way to the top of the charts in the Inspirational Country format , He had a Top 40 with "Touch of a Woman " a song he co-wrote and produced on country artist Bobby Marquez. His biggest success to date was “ John Wayne and Jesus “. The song was a Gospel country radio hit for blue eyed soul singer Michael Grimm. it was nominated for Song of the Year and earned Grimm a Star of Tomorrow Award from the CCMA. Grimm went on to win the popular NBC show America's Got Talent in 2010.
His new single, “ She’s Got a Heart Like Mine " was released to radio last summer and was featured on the Indepdendent Music Network radio network and quickly moved up the Top 5 in the the Independent Country music charts and was nominated for Country Break Out Single in 2019. The song is avaiable to purchase here htpps://musicthatringstrue.com/buy-music
Terry is a man of faith and knows that a divine hand has been helping and guiding all of his steps from the first day he left his home town and his feet hit music row because of all the amazing doors and opportunity's that opened up for him since he decided to follow his heart to pursue the dream that was planted in him as a kid . He lives and works in Nashville and is planing to release a new album later in 2020.
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