Artist Interview – Terri J-Songwriter

Terri J. Stott is a Songwriter and Producer from Washington DC in the USA and is our latest Sonicbids feature interview winner. At Essential Pop we really respect talented music makers with a flair for creativity and were therefore really pleased when we discovered some of Terri’s work. Despite her hectic schedule we were delighted when she agreed to be interviewed by us so that we could share her work with you too. Read on to discover how Terri became interested in the music industry, what she’s currently working on and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.


Terri J-Songwriter

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Q: Who are you called?

Terri J-Songwriter.  I use that to make sure folks know I am a writer and a producer and not an artist.


Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Alternative Pop Soul that tells a story through the Music, Lyrics and Melody…  You get all that with a radio-friendly twist!


Q: What is your musical background?

I sang in chorus in school, I even lettered in it.  I loved wearing that jacket (lol)!  I’ve got great memories of listening to my parents play the hottest soul jams back in the day.  I would listen to the radio and always loved all kinds of music.  I went to school and work and got into the life routine until one day a tune came into my head like they always had.  I just chose to write it down that time.  I took that song into the studio and my songwriting career went from there.  I loved being in the studio and learned so much from the owner there.  That’s how I got into producing my music.  I took in all the feedback I got early on from other music professionals and it really paid off.


Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Phenomenal!  Along with getting a major endorsement as an Artist Ambassador for the nationwide ad campaign for Supercuts Salons called Rock the Cut, I signed with a music publisher and had music licensed by two major fashion brands, Zegna and Hogan, for their worldwide retail store locations along with the Baglioni Hotels.  My song “Yearning and Hoping” came in #1 in Urban for the 2nd Annual Intel Superstars Competition out of hundreds of entries that was cool.  I, along with the other winners was featured in a promotional DVD for Intel.  I had several DJs out of the UK play my music on their stations and shows.  I ended up getting radio airplay in over 22 countries and hitting several Top Tracks list and my song “I’ll Come Running” making the Amazon UK Bestsellers Rank in Mp3.  I really had to look for opportunities since I was not an artist.  I often found doors closed.  I’m pretty determined though so I kept going and it started paying off.  I feel like I have hit my stride.


Q: Who inspires you musically?

I am inspired more by the song than a specific artist.  I love strong melodies and lyrics and some of the songs I like have inspired me.  For example, one of my favorite songs is I Can’t Tell You Why by the Eagles.  The melody and concise style of presenting a song has inspired how I approach some songs.  I also like Pop music that can span and utilize many genres.


Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I am inspired more by songs than a specific artist.  I like songs that are melodic, soulful singing and lyrics.  I still remember listening to my first rap song back in the day at a friend’s house.  It was awesome…that is what I look up to…songs that give you that feeling…


Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Yes, different producers including Babyface!


Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

Too many to name!


Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I’m usually inspired by a life story that I have heard, seen on TV or a movie, read, experienced etc.  I have a similar writing process as someone writing a script or novel.  I like to develop the storyline and speak from the perspective of the character through the lyrics, melody and music.


Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Both.  If the lyrics or the melody aren’t right then the song is not right.


Q: Where are you based?

In the Washington DC Metro Area in the U.S.


Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Exciting.  There is amazing culture, fashion, music, restaurants etc.  It is growing as more and more comes to the area.  You have the urban, suburban and rural parts of the area…all the seasons.  You can get it all here.


Q: What are you currently working on?

I am working on a showcase with a recording artist performing my material.  I also have an upcoming photo shoot, and some other press.  I also have some other things percolating that hopefully I will be able to tell you about…always looking for opportunities you know (lol).


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Making the Amazon UK Bestsellers Ranking in Mp3s!  Also, signing with the music publisher in Italy that led to my in-store music licensing with luxury fashion brands Zegna (Ermenegildo Zegna), Hogan and the five-star Baglioni Hotels.  It was amazing as it brought together 3 of my passions music, travel and fashion!


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

More licensing opportunities and artist ambassador endorsements…maybe there is something else out there too for my music…I’m open!


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Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

The showcase with an amazing recording artist performing my material…  I also have an upcoming photo shoot, and some other press interviews.  I also have some other things percolating that hopefully I will be able to tell you about…always looking! (lol).


Q: What do you do to relax?

It’s hard for me to relax I have to admit.  But when I try…I read, listen to music and watch a little TV.


Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I like going to sunny, tropical locations because water is so relaxing and beautiful.  I also love exciting urban locations like NYC because of the amazing culture, art, and music.  It reminds me that there is so much in the world to learn about and experience.


Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Trust your gut instincts.  This business is a marathon of many steps so you have to be patient, have a clear focus on what you want to achieve.  Take some time to really figure that out.  When I first started to pursue my career, I went down a path I thought I was supposed to go down.  I found a lot of closed doors.  However, I didn’t give up and went down another path, it turned out better!  Don’t give up if you don’t accomplish what you want at first…just keep going!


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Yes, that they are appreciated for taking the time to read about me.  Also, thanks to for the feature interview.


Editor’s Note: Terri J. Stott has an ability to make great urban music sound effortless yet heartfelt. At Essential Pop we’ll follow Terri’s career with interest and are sure you will too.

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