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Art Terry

singersongwriter + musician

Art Terry is a singer-songwriter and 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, 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 at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, 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, solo and as a keyboardist for Lucky Soul.   Is Black Music is Art’s weekly show on Resonance FM.

Images by Pedro Aguilar and Helena Smith