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a great review of Terry's 2011 show in Indianapolis with Trina Hamlin & Colleen Sexton. (Link will open in new window)
review from Singer
There can be a fine
line between songs with a great hooks and an uplifting message and those
that are "just too poppy". Terry Gonda walks that line with
balance and poise. On her CD Love, Lose, Repeat (released on Valentine's
Day) Terry is in fine voice serving up songs with heart and soul backed
by an almost magical acoustical accompaniment. This is a very well produced
CD with a strong, commercial sound - and that's a notable accomplishment
for any indie artist. Terry's songwriting is solid as she spins lyrical
adventures that run through love stories and songs of hope. Listening
to her music stirs much the same feelings as hearing a weather forecast
for a bright and sunny tomorrow though it be damp and dreary today.
The positive nature of her music is best exemplified, perhaps, by "Love
Calls You By Name" with the lyric:
May you do
more than survive
The hurts of yesterday
May you see the blessings grow
Where destruction hoped to play
May you know that you are more
Than what happens along the way
May you always be aware
That Love is here to stay.
lean from a country blues sound, to jazz to coffeehouse rock. Among
the 13 tracks are covers of "Both Sides Now," "Home"
(by Karloff Bonoff) and a medley of "When You Wish Upon a Star"
with "Someone To Watch Over Me" which alone is worth the price
of admission. In addition to writing and performing music that inspires,
teaches and tickles the soul of the listener, Terry is an experienced
presenter and lecturer who offers concert and workshop packages for
adults, young adults and teens. A collection of secular and ecumenical
themes are among her offerings.
Robert A. Lindquist, Publisher/Editor-In-Chief, Singer
lose, repeat" review from Crossrhythms
encountered this tremendous American singer/songwriter at Greenbelt
(she’s played there twice) and, having enjoyed her ‘Mud
And Milk‘ EP have been keen to hear more. Now this 13-song item
rewards my anticipation. Apart from a couple of unnecessary covers (Terry
does great things with Townes Van Zant’s “If I Needed You”
but trying to get an individual twist on a classic like Joni Mitchell’s
“Both Sides Now” is a fruitless exercise). But when she
turns to her own appealing compositions, the effect is very attractive
– “Not This One”, her wistful musical account of that
man throwing star fish back into the sea; “Call You”, a
wistful reminder that love himself calls us by name; and “Snow
Storm Blues”, an emotive tale of driving through a blizzard, are
all appealing with Terry’s warm, deftly expressive voice purring
in appealing cadences. With strong arrangement, featuring acoustic guitars,
mandolin and on some tracks cello, this is mature, impressively executed
music for thoughtful adults. 8/10
Tony Cummings, Editor
I am totally
in love with your unique arrangement and handling of this song, and
believe you me, I have heard A LOT of versions of Both Sides Now. For
someone to take this song and really make it their own as you have done
is quite an accomplishment in my book.
Bob Muller, List Owner, Joni Mitchell Email List, and
collector of Joni cover versions.
of an angel!"
Tony Cummings, Editor, CrossRhythms Magazine
McCollum Free Press Pop Music Critic
is definitely a standout among the songwriters here in Detroit"
Matt Watroba, host of WDET's Folks Like Us
has won us over completely..."
Tom Wolf, The Freight Room, Decatur, GA
is an expressive, intelligent and truly beautiful artist"
, BBC2 UK Radio DJ.
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top ten list of Female artists
mention should highlight finalists terry gonda .... killer voice and
definitely someone to watch"
folk_music list moderator on his review of the 1995 Kerrville New Folk
has a wonderful blend of poetry and song, delivered with a beautiful
soft smooth voice. Deeply philosophical in nature, she writes songs
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