With nearly two decades of silencing audiences behind her, tonight Terri Walker comes full circle. Having worked with some of the biggest players in the music industry, gaining unrivaled insight and traversing her way through some incredible highs and lows, now – she says – it’s time to return to the blueprint and go it alone.
In 2003 the London-born song writer with operatic roots dropped ‘Untitled’, her critically acclaimed debut album featuring a collaboration with Mos Def, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize and four MOBO awards. Accolades helped along by maestro Mos Def? Unlikely – having heard the acoustic power when this lady sings live I can attest there’s no extra magic required. She brings it. And then she brings some more.
Terri’s third album – ‘I Am’ won over hardened critics, with some heralding her position as one of the UK’s leading artists. Years later a meeting with Queens NY born producer Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Nas, Miguel) sparked a working relationship that once ignited would endure. Whilst recording backing vocals for the likes of Nas, Cee-Lo and Jennifer Hudson, Salaam and Terri collaborated on ‘Hey Baby’ for the Sex & The City soundtrack and started work on concept album, ‘Champagne Flutes.’
Along with the likes of Paul McCartney, Rizzle Kicks and Spoek Mathambo, she was a passenger on Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, which saw her and fellow Brit stars collaborate with African musicians who performed nightly and by day, visited schools, hospitals and pop-up bandstands where they played impromptu gigs. As if we couldn’t love her anymore already!
Tonight, Terri takes us from Untitled to Entitled and everything in between. We’re hoping belter ‘My Time’ from the L.O.V.E. album is on the bill, given that 2016 has been just that for the star, it would be rude not to.
Shoreditch Town Hall