Terri Brinegar has always had a varied interest in many styles of music. She has listened to everything from jazz, reggae, rock ‘n roll, R&B, opera, blues, and country music. This diverse interest has inspired Terri to sing many styles of music.
She received her training in classical voice, studying and receiving her B.M. degree from North Texas State University. After graduating, she was accepted to the famed Juilliard School of Music. However, Terri realized she did not want a career as an opera singer and dropped out of Juilliard, moving to Los Angeles where she started singing in bands.
It was there that she joined an 11-piece classic R&B band, singing the classic tunes of Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and others. Not only did she fall in love with the music of R&B, but she also learned a lot about performing from her band-mates, Carolyn Basley, who had performed with Ike and Tina Turner in their heyday, and Count Yates, who had performed with Johnny Otis in the 1950s.
While living in Los Angeles, Terri also formed her own blues band, Terri and The T-Bones, which performed original songs, as well as “standards” by artists such as B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Muddy Water, and Howlin’ Wolf.
Through the years, Terri has performed hundreds of gigs, including the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, Irvine Lake Blues Festival, Catalina Blues Festival, as well as countless venues, such as B.B. King’s Blues Club, House of Blues, Hard Rock Café, and many others.
Recently, Terri completed her first year of her Master of Arts degree at Middle Tennessee State University with a specialization in Jazz Vocals. She studied great artists such as Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson.
Her interest in music continues to grow and flourish and she currently has a love for Smooth Jazz, which is a hybrid between Jazz and R&B. But she listens to everything from the Classics to Contemporary R&B: James Brown, Etta James, Stevie Wonder (the greatest living songwriter in Terri’s opinion), Chaka Khan, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Robin Thicke, Corrine Bailey Rae, Maysa, Anita Baker, Patti Austin, Anthony Hamilton…and the list continues!
Currently, Terri teaches young students vocal technique and music theory and also continues to perform. She will be completing her Master of Arts degree at the University of Central Florida. She plans to continue her scholarly research of R&B vocal styles and the history of R&B singing. Her book, Vocal and Stage Essentials for the Aspiring Female R&B Singer, is now available Here .
- With a style that, at times, could be considered akin to the bluesiness of pop/R&B vocalist Joss Stone...the lady can sing, and she does possess a type of rhythmic bluesiness...There’s no denying Brinegar’s vocal 'chops.' They’re certainly right for the blues; they work for certain types of R&B; they’re right for soft rock."- Ronald Jackson, Smooth Jazz Vibes, November 5, 2009
- "Her voice is surely one of the strongest on the scene; but its most significant characteristic this evening was the passion it conveyed. She put soul in every note and projected her heartfelt love of the genre."- Music Connection Magazine, January 1999
- Terri "turns her voice into a weapon of great caliber for minds and hearts..."- Vicente P. Zumel, Radio PICA / La Hora del Blues, Spain
Listen to the versatile singing style of Terri Brinegar
Over The Rainbow
Surrender to Loving You
Shake Your Hips
Since I Fell For You