Art Terry is a songwriter/musician from Los Angeles. His songs explore sexuality, black politics and religion, through a lyrical fusion of psychedelic folk music and orchestrated funk. A singer and pianist, Art underpins deeply personal lyrics with dense melodic textures.
Brought up in the gospel tradition, Art evokes the figure of the robed and commanding gospel preacher in his live performances. Whether playing solo or with his collective of talented musicians - the Church of Pussy - Art’s live performances are theatrical and compelling.
Art collaborates with Stew, who created the musical Passing Strange, exploring his and Art’s experiences in Europe as young men. The piece was made into a film by Spike Lee. Art has been a keyboardist for Stew & the Negro Problem at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, Redcat in Los Angeles, the Harlem Stage and many other venues. The New York Times described Art’s playing as ‘terrific’.
Art’s forthcoming second album is Sex Madness. He regularly performs live in the UK, Europe and the States.
For well over a decade now Art Terry has been an irrepressibly original and dynamic presence on the British music scene. The wily Californian has drawn from a deep well of black music to wade into fresh waters that drown all stereotypes on the blues, gospel, soul, funk and rock. Terry has proved himself true to the title of his 2008 album Anutha Kinda Brotha by making music that has a vivid element of meta-theatre as well as a broad sound palette, and he remains a genre all of his own.
Kevin LeGendre, BBC Radio 3
'Art Terry's playing is terrific.'
New York Times