Once in a while a singer appears from out of nowhere; a singer with a voice that blows you away; a rock singer who reminds us what rock is supposed to be about. Terri Lane is that singer.
Terri was "discovered" at age 11, and began being classically trained. At age 15, she was awarded a music scholarship under the direction of famed director and composer Robert DeCormier, but shortly thereafter realized opera was not for her – and the real world of rock and roll became her domain. She became a veteran of the recording studio and the stage, with her background vocals gracing countless CDs over the years. If you are among the lucky ones who have seen her perform, then you know how she rips up a stage.
But it's not only her powerful presence you remember – it's her VOICE – the most amazing set of pipes rock music has heard in a long time. And now Terri's got her own players and she's singing her own songs. This is true ROCK, with a healthy injection of blues that gives it soul. Full of grooves, attitude, passion and heart, Terri's music is honest, personal and real, just like her.
Terri Lane is the new breed of American female rocker. Not just a face and a voice, but a compelling, bigger-than-life Artist and Performer. Don't miss the opportunity to see and hear Terri Lane. Join the people who already know that...TERRI LANE ROCKS!
At the age of three when her grandmother showed her how to play 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' on the piano, Terri Lane knew that she loved music. From then on, anytime she visited her "Gram," Terri would run down to that old piano in the basement and start "banging out" melodies she'd heard on the radio. It didn't take long for her uncle to start calling her 'Schroeder'. And it didn't take long for Terri to start making up her own little songs. "I made my mom crazy constantly singing and dancing through the house. Being hyperactive I was always moving."
By the time she was seven, she was being turned on by "...so many cool bands like the James Gang, Steppenwolf, Hendrix and of course the British invasion - Clapton, Zeppelin and Bad Company. But the one record that awakened the baby metalhead in me was Iron Butterfly's. I played that thing 'til it wore out." The 70s were a very exciting time for new music and there was lots of it being played in Terri's house, "...but nobody else in the family was musical. I was the oddball." At eleven Terri started her first real training; "...voice lessons from this poor teacher who had all he could do just to keep me sitting down for more than five seconds. And I didn't want any part of those dumb folk songs. I wanted to ROCK!" When she turned fourteen, this same teacher, "...bless his soul," decided to give her a chance to perform a solo in the annual high school Spring concert. When the big night came, the auditorium was filled to capacity; more than nine hundred people. As she started her rendition of a familiar pop tune, Terri noticed a woman sitting in the front row smiling at her. Spontaneously, Terri took her hand and sang the song to the woman. When it was over, there was a standing ovation and our teenage future rocker burst into tears. This was a defining moment in Terri's life. "I was never the same after that night." Terri's incredible love affair with singing had begun. It was to become her greatest joy, but also her refuge during years of deep pain.
It was Terri's hippie chick mom who first exposed her to all this great rock music, and Terri remembers feeling loved and appreciated by her, but her mother also had a long struggle with alcohol and drug demons which translated into years of horrible abuse for Terri. Thanks to a perceptive guidance counselor who alerted authorities, Terri was finally removed from her hostile home at age fifteen. Some of the emotional scars will always remain, but by the time her mom died, the two had made peace and Terri now holds only love and forgiveness in her heart, and wishes her mom could be here to celebrate her achievements as an artist and as a human being.
The next two years brought a new voice teacher into the picture. He became Terri's mentor, encouraging her to develop her talent and expand her horizons. She was asked to become a member of Connecticut's esteemed All-State Choir after she earned uncommonly high scores during her audition. By graduation Terri had earned a music scholarship to the University of Connecticut, but her desire to be a rock singer prompted her to walk away from it after a short time. "I was young, but tired of singing what other people wanted me to sing, so during the next year I joined my first rock band, started performing in musical theater and did my first studio gig."
For more than ten years Terri worked on the live stage and in the studio, gaining valuable knowledge and seasoning her voice. She wanted to start writing her own music too, so she began collaborating with anyone she could find. "That part wasn't easy," she recalls, "and it still isn't. When you're a female musician trying to find good people to write and play with, it's not always easy to be taken seriously. But I'm tenacious as hell and ultimately I did find talented and professional creative partners to work with."
Terri's whole life has been centered in music. "It has been my life's breath. Through the worst of times there has been a song to sustain me." Terri believes the universe graced her with a gift and that she has a message to bring to the world. "Like many before who have suffered, I survived it all and became a better, stronger person...Now that I am in total control of my career, I want to be sure that I not only entertain people and bring smiles to their faces, but also serve as an inspiration if I can, a source of strength for those who may need it. And I want to have a damn good time doing it all. After the dues I've paid, I think I deserve a little fun." Rock on Terri!
A bit more personal in Terri's words...I'm all about the positive, my energy, the whole lot. I'm a Libra, my birthday's October 1, and my mom was a bit of a hippie who taught me all about sex, drugs and rock & roll (and some of those lessons were not good ones). I also had a couple of other younger relatives who had the greatest record collection and I began to the "road to knowing" very early on.
Finally, my other mission in life is to raise awareness about child abuse, and tell the story of my own survival in the hopes of helping others who are or were victims. I hope my music will help me reach as many people in the world as I can. I was so fortunate that music was the gift that saved me and helped me get through that period of my life. In 2014, I will publish that story on my Facebook page.
MEMORIES OF NOTE: When I saw my first Grammy awards, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand were singing "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and I turned to my mom and said "I wanna do that!"
As a kid I had a pretty good allowance, and when I bought my first KISS record (Rock and Roll Over) I was the only girl in my school to have one, or to even know who KISS was (as far as I knew anyway). Listened to that and spontaneously combusted. Of course, seeing them was the true understanding many years later.
The first time I heard Black Sabbath I was ten and with my older brother and he was tripping on acid. I think girls were supposed to be playing with dolls or something at that time in their lives.
Age 12 mom brought home 'Dark Side of the Moon' and we sat there and didn't move or talk through the whole thing. We were both totally freaked out.
Age 14 I had my first solo performance in front of over 1,000 people singing a pop song from the 70s and I got a standing ovation. Being the total professional, I burst out crying in front of everybody. But that was the moment my soul was born.
The journey continues...I hope it takes me to you...