Monday, September 16, 2013
Out of high school, Teri worked within various music genres. From 1970 to 1977, she sang & played recorder and harp with a medieval and Renaissance music group called the Early Music Consort.
She began her career as a folk music singer-songwriter. She later expanded her love of folk music with her passion for jazz.
After Teri married horn player/arranger/composer Bill Purse, they formed a pop-folk-jazz collaborative called Abacus.
One night, a long-haired man named Albhy Galuten walked into the club where Teri was performing. He claimed to be the producer of the Bee Gees and as it turned out, he actually was.
The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb heard Teri's demo of original music and was so inspired by her vocals, he wrote a song for Teri called "Ain't Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You" & helped her get a recording contract.
The song also managed to peak at #52 on the U.K. Singles chart. Barry Gibb provided background vocals on the song while Teri's husband Bill played horns.
Despite the moderate success of her first single, Teri didn't enjoy the recording experience and wanted to move in a new direction.
She later bumped into an old schoolmate of hers from her teenage years, K.C. and the Sunshine Band's Harry Wayne Casey (also known as K.C.)
At the time, he was producing Teri's second album and the president of Casablanca Records, Neil Bogart had an idea to record the song as a duet.
The song became Teri's only biggest hit to date, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks and topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
Teri recorded another album "Relationships," but after Casablanca Records changed directions, the album was shelved.
In 1986, she received a Grammy nomination in the gospel music category for "Best Female Performance." During that same year, she requested to be released from her record label.
In 1989, Teri performed & recorded a version of "Lifeline" with The Maranatha! Singers on a a compliation album for Maranatha! Music.
In 1993, she did production work on volume one of the "Laughing Medusa Theme Series." Teri also produced vocals on the 1996 album "Truth & Light: Music From The X-Files."
These days, Teri resides in Miami & Germany where she sings with The Marschfellows. She also performs in various Christian music groups.
To see a fan-made video for "Ain't Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You," go to:
To see a video of Teri & K.C. performing "Yes I'm Ready," go to:
To see a video of Teri performing "All I Wanna Do" on "Solid Gold," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Don't Run (Come Back to Me)," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of," go to:
To see the music video for "Overnight Success," go to: