Terry Blade

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Chicago’s Terry Blade is a soul singer for the new generation, using his sultry baritone to explore taboo issues of sexuality and mental health in a rapidly changing world.  Ignoring commercial trends, he instead embraces an artistic sound that fuses R&B with indie singer/songwriter influences, allowing him to express his individuality in a way that mainstream artists never can.  While his songs often speak to issues affecting the black and queer communities, the raw emotional truths he expresses have a universal appeal, with the ability to cause any individual to pause and reflect on life.  An iconoclast in the making, his debut EP "Misery (Mastered for Headphones)" suggests that he will be a constant presence in the underground for years to come. Terry's EP will be released on all streaming platforms on May 8th of this year.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Self Expression. Exploration. Trial & Error. Therapy.

What is your music dream?

To carve out my own space, sound, voice, and niche.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would start with hearts and minds.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

"You Gotta Be" By: Des'ree

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Tracy Chapman, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Phyllis Hyman, Lizz Wright, Snow Ghosts, Gotye, Kaleida, Broken Bells, Dianne Reeves, Radiohead, Korn, Linkin Park, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, System of a Down, Solange, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Roisin Murphy, Imogen Heap, Cassandra Wilson, Bjork, Lady Pcoq, Curtis Mayfield, Lalah Hathaway

What inspires you to make music?

It depends...

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Honesty without apology.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I feel both vulnerable and empowered.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The musicians' reality is largely defined by personal experience.

What do you think of Drooble?

The verdict is still out.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Dismissal.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

In my own way.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I don't know as I am learning what those qualities are myself.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

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