Lamplighter Awards 2015

Mr. Tony Terry is no stranger to the music industry.  His recording career has presented him with relationships with Epic/CBS Records, Sony Music Entertainment and Virgin Records.  His first single (on Epic/CBS Records), “She’s Fly,” was released in 1987 and peaked at #10 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.  His Epic debut album, “Forever Yours,” was released in 1988 and reached the Top 40 of Billboard’s R&B albums chart. The follow-up single, “Lovey Dovey,” reached #4 on the R&B charts and “Forever Yours” climbed into the R&B Top 20.  His biggest hit, “With You,” reached the Top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 as well as was #1 on the Top 10 R&B chart.  It also earned two Soul Train Music Award nominations as well as an American Music Awards nomination.  Other hits included “Everlasting Love” and “When a Man Cries.”

Additionally, Mr. Tony Terry co-wrote, sang background vocals and appeared in the video on Yolanda Adams’ Grammy nominated single, “Gotta Have Love.”  Making his way to the “big screen”, Mr. Tony Terry has performed on the soundtracks to “Gladiator” starring Cuba Gooding Jr., “Tap” starring Gregory Hines and “King’s Ransom” starring Anthony Anderson.  Mr. Tony Terry toured internationally with the legendary Roberta Flack for six years, performing classic, beautiful duets.  This excursion included an appearance at the Sun Splash in South Africa before an audience of 100,000+.  He has also performed at some of the most beautiful opera houses in the world including the Sydney, Australia’s Opera Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, London’s Apollo Theatre and Vienna’s Concert Hall (The Wiener Musikverein).

With faith being a very essential part of Mr. Tony Terry’s life, in 2009, Tony and long-time friend and business partner Denver A. Wright produced and released Tony’s first all Gospel CD project. “CHANGED!” hit three different Billboard music charts and included the hit single, “Praise Him” and a remake of “If You’re Gonna Worry, Don’t Pray” which was originally released as the title song on the 2000 album from Denver A. Wright and the Collective.  He is currently signed to Sound Wave Entertainment as well as Monarchy, wherein he will soon delight his audiences once again with newly recorded R&B and Gospel recordings.

Mr. Tony Terry:  The Intricate Voice

A passionate public speaker, Mr. Tony Terry lends his voice to many corporate and nonprofit causes.  He was tapped by the National Fibromyalgia Association to serve as their national spokesperson in 2013.  This is a cause that he is well-acquainted with after being caretaker of his wife, Ronnie, who suffered with the disorder for nearly seven years.  Ronnie is the national spokesperson this year.  Mr. Tony Terry looks forward to lending his voice to other causes for which he is passionate about to include but not be limited to families and health and wellness.

Mr. Tony Terry:  The Thespian

Mr. Tony Terry is a proud alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, which is also the alma mater of notable celebrities to include Dave Chappelle, Stacy Lattisaw, Me’Shell N’degeocello, Clifton Powell and Lamman Rucker, among many others.  (The school lists Mr. Tony Terry amongst its featured alumni.)  Upon graduation, inevitable success had already assigned itself to Mr. Tony Terry.  With the affirming words of director Mike Malone reminding him, “You’re ready.  Go,” he moved to New York and quickly landed a part in “Black Nativity.”  As time progressed, he secured a number of other roles to include the Tin Man in the national tour of The Wiz, featuring Grace Jones, Peabo Bryson and CeCe Penniston.  He played the dual roles of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in Dorothy Height’s “If This Hat Could Talk:  The Dr. Dorothy Height Story,” which was directed by Tony award winning director George Faison.  He was also tapped by David E. Talbert to play the lead role of Michael Wright in “His Woman, His Wife.”  Mr. Tony Terry looks forward to his upcoming lead role in the Broadway-bound musical “Car Wash: The Norman Whitfield Story.”  He will also have the lead role in Angela Dunlap’s “When Men Pray” with Terrell Carter and Tony Grant.

Mr. Tony Terry: The Predestined

Many people spend a lifetime searching for their life’s purpose.  For Mr. Tony Terry, it was never a mystery.  With a natural singing ability that has been with him since childhood, he has always operated from a place of knowing that music would be an integral part of his very being.  His family took note: his grandmother encouraged him and his parents went above and beyond to assure that he was able to take advantage of the many opportunities that would surely come his way.  Further, his humble beginnings as a participant in Mayor Marion Berry’s Summer Youth Employment Program provided him with a foundation in the arts.  He would later learn the basic tenets of the arts, which ultimately prepared him for the next mile on his journey to success: enrollment at Washington, D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Mr. Tony Terry:  The Family Man

Believing in the beauty and strength of family, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Terry are a brilliant example of the institution of marriage.  He enjoys spending quality time with his beautiful bride, and he takes pride in being the father of two.

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