Saturday, February 22, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Tony Terry

Artist:Tony Terry
Song:With You
Album:Tony Terry

Most of Tony Terry's brief success was on the R & B charts. But the 1991 hit With You crossed over to pop and was a top twenty hit. His two albums for Epic did well. But then he switched to Virgin and his one album for them tanked and Terry faded into obscurity. He was born Mar. 12, 1964 in Pinehurst, NC. He is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington. Terry moved to New York and was a backup singer for the girl group Sweet Sensation and the hip hop group The Boogie Boys. Sweet Sensation producer Ted Currier liked Terry and got him a deal with Epic Records. Terry's 1987 debut album Forever Yours contained three top ten R & B hits. The biggest of those hits, Lovey Dovey, reached #4 on the R & B Singles chart. His 1990 album Tony Terry had more of the same but With You crossed over to pop and reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. I think it's one of the more memorable slow jams of the era though fans might not remember who recorded it. With You was written by keyboard player Raymond Reeder. He was one of the musicians on the album and went on to be musical director for gospel artists Yolanda Adams and Richard Smallwood. There's no Tony Terry comp but the album Tony Terry is available as a budget CD. And you can also get With You on the various artists budget CD Between The Sheets Vol. 1. I'm not sure why Terry left Epic for Virgin but his 1994 CD Heart of a Man did not do as well as his Epic albums. Since then Terry has been a background singer and has acted in some stage musicals including playing Tinman in a national touring company of The Wiz. He released a gospel CD in 2006 and has toured with Roberta Flack. It says on his website he is working on new music. Here's the video for With You by Tony Terry. The video was directed by actor Blair Underwood.

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