From the first time Terry saw the Nashville sky line in 1988 he knew this is where he was meant to be. The doors on music row started opening right away. He began co-writing with staff writers from Loretta Lynn’ publishing company Coal Minors Music and Tree (Sony/ATV) music publishing. He learned the craft of songwriting from some of the best in the business. He met Jennifer Pierce who wrote “That Old Wheel” for Johnny Cash and was writing with Garth Brooks when they met. He continued to write with new writers and up and coming artist’s when he met soon to be country star Tracy Lawrence. They became good friends and started writing together. It was Terry and Tracy’s songs that helped to get Tracy noticed when he did a showcase at the Blue Café.
As as a seasoned songwriter he has had great commercial success in the Positive Country Market, with 4 Top 10 singles and a 1# song to his credit.. He co wrote the song “John Wayne and Jesus” that was recorded by Michael Grimm, America’s Got Talent winner for 2010. The song was nominated Song of the Year by the Christian Country Music Industry in 1996 .The song crossed over to mainstream country radio and helped to earn Michael a “Star of Tomorrow Award” from CCMA voting members that year
In the 70’s his band “Dakotah opened shows for Steppenwolf, Elvin Bishop, Head East and Beautiful Day and was a regular performer at the Oregon Country Fair.
He was fortunate to work with Keith Olsen, the producer of Fleetwood Mac, White Snake and Rick Springfield, along with many great songwriters, artists and producers throughout his career that helped Terry develop into one of Nashville’s best “Song Men”, skilled with the ability to choose the perfect song for any project. He was instrumental in finding a song for country super star, Faith Hill’s album, “It Matters to Me”. The album has been RIAA Certified as having sold 5.7 million records since it 1995 release.
In 2013, Terry Bell is an industry professional in every sense of the word. As a songwriter he has had great commercial success, with top charting singles and was recently promoted by Ron Cornelius owner, the Cornelius Companies and Gateway Entertainment, Inc as the Creative Director, where he continues to write new songs, work with and mentor new writers and artists.
Contact info: TERRY R.BELL (615) 256-9253
TALENT & BOOKING AGENTS: BETTY CLARK – TLM AGENCY, CHRIS MILLER TALENT / ICE/REDRIDGE ENTERTAINMENT, NASHVILLE, TN
“So pleased to be including TWO of Terry’s hit songs, in the new movie Christmas Ride:
“If He Were My Dad” performed by Terry and “You Put the Wings on My Dreams” written by Terry Bell and sung by Leigh Ann Agee.” — Karen Francis, Director
More from Terry’s resume follows:
ARTIST (TELEVISION APPEARANCES AND RADIO INTERVIEWS)
YOU CAN BE A STAR THE NASHVILLE NETWORK (TNN)
AMERICAN MAGAZINE THE NASHVILLE NETWORK (TNN)
OPRY STAR SPOTLIGHT WSM RADIO, NASHVILLE, TN
FEATURED SINGER/SONGWRITER WSM RADIO, NASHVILLE, TN
PRISONERS OF ROCK AND ROLL WNEW FM, NEW YORK
DAKOTAH – BAND INTERVIEW KZEL FM. EUGENE, ORE
WRANGLER COUNTRY SHOWDOWN KYOU FM, GREELEY, CO
CONCERTS, CLUBS, AND PERSONAL APPREANCES
NASHVILLE, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, OREGON
DAKOTAH OPENED SHOWS FOR: ELVIN BISHOP, STEPPENWOLF, HEAD EAST
COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH, DAVID LAFLAME (BEAUTIFUL DAY), DAVID BROMBERG, REGULAR PERFOMER AT OREGON COUNTRY FAIR
TIN PAN SOUTH – HOST FEATURED WRITER NASHVILLE, TN
BLUE BIRD CAFÉ – SHOWCASE NASHVILLE, TN
DOUGLAS CORNER – SHOWCASE NASHVILLE, TN
STAR SEARCH – SEMI FINALIST NASHVILLE, TN
THE PLACE DAKOTAH EUGENE, ORE.
THE CATALIST DAKOTAH SANTA, CRUZ, CA
THE CROWS NEST DAKOTAH SANTA CRUZ, CA
CLUBS SOLO LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
MAJOR DEMOS FOR: STELLA PARTON/ VELVET APPLE (DOLLY PARTON)
WINN DIXIE, TRACY LAWRENCE (ATLANTIC RECORDS/ RICH GRISSOM / POLYGRAM/ LORETTA LYNN/ COAL MINERS MUSIC/ CAL IV ENTERTAINMENT / THE CORNELIUS COMPANIES. DENNIS SCOT PRODUCTONS / NODDY- FOR SESAME STREET SERIES
1990 ERNEST GOES TO JAIL EMSHELL PRODUCTIONS/BUENA VISTA PROD.
1994 BRUTE FORCE WILSHIRE FILM VENTURES
ZAP NEWS — COMEDY SERIES TCI CABLE – EUGENE, ORE.
1990 “ELVIS GOOD ROCKING TONIGHT “ NEW WORLD TELEVISON / ABC TV
1994 XXXOO’S CBS TV MOVIE OF THE WEEK
1974 UNITED AIRLINES FISHERMANS WARF- SAN FRANSICO, CA
1979 MARCH OF DIMES EUGENE, OREGON
1992 GOODY’S HEADACHE POWER NASHVILLE, TN
ALLEN JACKSON VIDEO NASHVILLE, TN.
DOUG STONE “ WARNING LABELS” NASHVILLE, TN
WOOD BROTHERS “ ALCOHOL OF FAME “ NASHVILLE, TN
ACTORS WORKSHOP, ACTORS, INC, PERFORMANCE ARTIST WORKSHOP,