Terra Naomi changed the independent music landscape when she posted a series of videos on YouTube in 2006, quickly building a global audience of millions and signing deals with Universal Music Publishing and Island Records. The willing recipient of an unusual card, Terra’s journey has taken her across the globe, entertaining audiences from the US to Western Europe to Cape Town and Kashmir, performing for 8 people in a private home, 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium, and every size audience in between.
Terra has toured and shared the stage with notable artists like The Fray, Natasha Bedingfield, Sara Bareilles, Martha Wainwright, Matt Nathanson, Italian pop star Elisa, Michael Bolton, and many others, and has played in some of the most beloved venues and festivals around the world, including Shepherd's Bush Empire, Hammersmith Ballroom, Wembley Stadium, Hyde Park Calling, Latitude Festival, and V Festival in the UK, Irving Plaza, Bowery Ballroom in NYC, historic opera houses throughout Italy, House of Blues in Chicago, The Bluebird Cafe and 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, The Roxy, The Troubadour, Ford Amphitheater, and Hotel Cafe in LA, Bumbershoot in Seattle, SXSW in Austin, CMJ in NYC, NATPE, The Meeting (Rimini), and Summit Series, to name a few.
Terra's songs have appeared in dozens of TV shows, films, and commercials, and she is currently working with world-renowned Spanish artist/composer Nacho Cano on his first Broadway musical.
In 2014, Terra made the difficult decision to step away and examine her motives behind making music.
“Some very challenging and painful things happened in my life, in rapid succession, and I realized that above all else, I needed to make sure I was living the life I wanted to live. I was not a happy person, and I realized it's all meaningless if we're not enjoying this experience of life. I’d been playing music and singing since I was a small child. I didn’t know if I loved it anymore, or if I was just programmed to do it. Stepping away made me realize exactly what creating music means to me, and there is no other path for me.”
After two years of exploration, Terra has recommitted fully to her musical path, recently raised $50,000 for her album and $500,000 for charity on Indiegogo, and will record her third studio album with Tom Schick in September 2016, at Wilco's studio in Chicago. And she can't wait.
Photography by Nick Holmes
“If you wanna feel, listen to Terra Naomi…”
- Lena Dunham, actress/writer/creator of “GIRLS”
"Terra is a genius!"
- Margaret Cho, comedian, actress, singer/songwriter
“With the look of a young Keith Richards, Terra Naomi is the only girl cool enough to make the cut in the YouTube Awards.”
- NY Times
“Rich, soaring vocals and a deep well of life material on which to draw.”
- Times of London
“An artist of genuine substance...”
- Q Magazine
“A triumph of music over the cult of pop personalities.”
- Sunday Times (London)
“She’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met in my life."
- James Gunn, writer/director Guardians of the Galaxy
“Terra Naomi looks like becoming her generation's Joni Mitchell.”
- The Sun
“If I had to take one album to space with me, I would take Terra Naomi’s live album.”
- Our Lady J, singer/songwriter, writer for “Transparent”