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,
http://youtu.be/ozCpwaWthIY :45 sec spot about CHRISTMAS RIDE, a new dramatic family film. Footage in this spot shot in hot air balloons (via Video Blocks), music by Michael Chapman The Woodpiles, “A Strangers Map of Texas” We are seeking acquisition, distribution or an independent movie theater to book our new film. More info at http://www.artprofilms.com
Also, see this Slideshow webpage at http://kfrancis427.wix.com/slideshowcr Our News page and Movie Theater Show list is only in development on that link.
In addition to composing and singing several songs in the new film, CHRISTMAS RIDE, Kari Fleskes plays a role of the adult April. So happy to have her many talents, along with those of over sixty more, involved in this production.–Karen Francis, producer
Songwriting is my favorite kind of creative art. Lyrics have been a passion since I wrote my first song at age eight. In the last few years, my original music has won several online competitions, including Yobi TV’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year in 2011. My songs have also been awarded several gold medals for Best Original Song, Favorite Artist Award, Best Female Songwriter, among other web-based awards. You can listen to some of my music at reverbnation.com/karifleskes and you can follow me onfacebook.com/karifleskesmusic
For work, though, I make jewelry, and I love it so much! My business, Kari Fleskes Jewelry, specializes in couture jewelry, all made delicately by hand with new and up-cycled materials. Each item is unique to the owner, truely one of a kind. Kari Fleskes Jewelry also has a “Design Your Own” aspect that allows the customer the ability to participate in the design process of their handmade jewelry. I love this aspect for special gifts or occasions! And it’s a lot of fun. My designs have been featured in showcases, runways, magazines, film, art shows, and many local photoshoots and other creative projects. I was so honored to be selected as Memphis’s Belle Award’s Designer of the Year for 2012 and I make all types of jewelry ranging from sterling silver wire sculptures to vintage reworked fashion jewelry. You can view some of my designs at karifleskes.weebly.com
In addition to the jewelry and music, I am also a portrait artist. To see samples of all my work, visit my Facebook page:facebook.com/karifleskesartist Sign the guestbook or “like” the page and keep in touch with me!
Visit this website to see the trailer for Christmas Ride: http://kfrancis427.wix.com/christmasride
He volunteered and played at the very first Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, while he was a
student at Gavilan Community College in Gilroy. Since then Bobby has played in venues of just
about every size from living rooms in California, Washington and Tennessee and churches
across the country to open mics and Farmers Markets in Memphis to clubs along Music Row in
Nashville, the River Arts Festival in Memphis. He was honored to sing for the Chief’s Council for
the Mississippi Choctaw Nation in 2012.
Today, Bobby writes songs that either reflect spiritual values or chronicle events in history
(Americana) that should be remembered.
Check out samples of his music at: www.Reverbnation.com/Bobbyoneal
For booking information:
335 Emily Rd.
Oakland, TN 38060
From Marty Ray: “My Mother always said when I cried as a baby it sounded like a song. I took her word for it. She always said God blessed me with a voice that could stretch beyond boundaries of color, politics. or religion. Most of my other family didn’t like my singing and always urged me to pursue other things, I guess for most of my life I took their word for that as well. My Father always supported me in all my wild endeavors as long as I could convince him that I would work hard at it. I owe all that I am today to my dad. I’ve had a passion for singing my whole life and have always dreamed of being on that stage blessing an audience with my song. One day this dream will come to fruition.
Music has always been a pivotal part of our family. It seems that the majority of my family was blessed with a musical talent of some kind. There has always been those certain members that everyone respected as the “real” talent and they alone deserved success, I wasn’t one of those. They were the singers, players, worship leaders, and, in some cases, preachers of our churches. I was never welcome on the platform of performance because I didn’t have the gift they had, or I didn’t dress, act, or look the way they thought I should. I guess, in a sense, Im the outcast. I couldn’t say why some of my family never wanted me to succeed at music, or for that matter anything, but I can say that I’ve always supported them and always will, because I love them.
I’m not trying to paint some sad picture of my life in an attempt to gain sympathy, just giving a little insight into my background. I’ve had an abundantly blessed life and the only things I would change are the mistakes I’ve made; that probably goes for all of us. My mom and dad were together until I was 19 years old and my brother and I never went hungry or unclothed, so theres no anxiety there. I had a very large family growing up and excitement and drama were always present. Holidays were always my favorite time of year because we got to see so much of our family from both my Mother and Fathers side; not to mention there were buffets of home cooked food. Our holiday events would always begin and end with song and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I’ve lost a lot of my loved ones over the years and still think about ALL of them everyday. They are a driving force for my inspiration and my ambition. I know I’ll see them again, someday.
This journey of my musical achievement began out of desire and urgency. Reiterating, I have always had a passion for singing and wanted to perform as a career but, by apprehension and confusion I was held back from my pursuit. Because I respected the opinions of the musicians in my family, I doubted my true abilities as a vocalist and was confused about the gift that God gave me. I could hear myself singing beautiful sounds and melodies but their words caused ambiguity to steal my confidence. I wondered if I actually sounded as good as I thought. It wasn’t until my dad started getting sick that my motivation to accomplish the seemingly impossible emanated. Reality set in and I knew if I was going to help him and others it would have to be through the voice God blessed me with.
I began showcasing my vocals with cover songs and videos by means of several networking sites to judge peoples reactions. Compliments and praise for my vocal skills flooded my videos and songs. That’s when I knew those family members were wrong-the whole time-and my push toward divine destiny actualized. Later, I comprised a four song demo album with three covers and an original; I sold out within a month. I immediately started writing songs for my first all-original album to be released in 2012; which is still in progress.
The inception of The Marty Ray Project is here and I welcome anyone to join the project. I know the day will come when that one influential person will hear the MRP, understand our goals, and ultimately launch us into our vision. I appreciate whoever is reading this or listening to my songs please spread the word that The MRP will soon arrive. ”
More about Marty’s songs at: http://martyrayproject.com He is also on Reverbnation.