Terry Blade

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  • 02/05/2021
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Terry Blade is an award-winning Chicago-based singer-songwriter, known for using his unique sultry baritone to explore an artistic sound that fuses soul, r&b, jazz and blues with indie and folk influences. His musical style has drawn comparisons to artists like Deltron 3030, Sam Smith, Damien Rice, Open Mike Eagle, Antony and the Johnsons, Ondara, Amos Lee, Tracy Chapman, Keb Mo' and Meshell Ndegeocello.  An up-and-coming artist, Terry made his debut in the spring of 2020, and has since received nearly 40 awards and nominations for his music.

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R&B | Americana/Roots | Unclassifiable



Jay Carney

Debut Album Tackles Race, Gender, and Sexual Identity in Black History Month Release

Terry Blade is releasing his debut album “American Descendant of Slavery” and it’s nothing
short of a pure masterpiece. The 19-track epic takes us on a heartfelt thrill ride through the worlds of  r&b/soul, folk, hip hop and beyond. From hard-hitting rap rhythms to smoothly enchanting acoustic melodies, the release covers a lot of ground and really shows off Terry's versatility.

His rich low vocals are simply mesmerizing as they effortlessly glide over raw, organic instrumentation. The perfect soundtrack for a range of settings, his chill anthems are simply oozing with originality and impossible to imitate. The album takes a deep dive into the struggles of being a racial and sexual minority in America. Terry himself is a young gay black man, so being othered is a pain he knows all too well. With the current climate of civil unrest, the songs touch on a range of current issues in a way that really gets you thinking.

Tracks like “Ms. Mizell” talk on the pain of coming out as gay while tracks like “Black Hurts” touches on how being black in America can be a death sentence. From folk, r&b and jazz, all the way to retro soul, rap and even spoken word; the album experiments with a wide range of genres making it accessible for listenersof all musical persuasions. The album contains historical audio recordings of former African-American slaves, which Terry uses to show how history has shaped contemporary black life in America.

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Suggested Retail Price: $7.00
Release Format: Album
Release Type: Digital
Country: United States
Distributor: CD Baby
Record Label: Starburst Records
Release Title: American Descendant of Slavery
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