After many years of working as a musician, singer, producer, composer, arranger & music director for stage plays, churches, schools, concerts, shows and various artists, Stephan is now excited to share his songs with the entire world. His heart's desire is to spread love, joy and inspiration to all.
A native of Washington, D.C., Stephan Terry received his early training as a child, singing in church choirs and playing classical piano. His parents, Silas and Alicia Terry, who met while playing in the Howard University marching band, kept him and siblings surrounded by great music. Growing up, he would love to here his mom and dad singing around the house. His mom, who received a masters in music from Howard, went on to direct various church choirs, groups and would also write plays, routinely including Stephan and his siblings in them. As a teenager, Stephan taught himself to play by ear. He played keys and organ and went on to direct the youth choir at his local church, Bibleway Temple, in D.C. At this time he began writing original songs with a gospel group and made appearances on B.E.T. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with a B.A. degree in Music-Emphasis Jazz Studies.
A dynamic singer, known for entertaining crowds, Stephan completed a 5 month run of the show, Shake Rattle and Roll - a 50's Music Revue, at the world famous Eldorado Showroom in Reno, Nevada. For over 120 shows he electrified audiences with his amazing voice and captivating performances, as he sang classics by Chuck Berry, Elvis, Fat's Domino, The Platters, Ritchie Valens, the Righteous Brothers and more. He made an appearance on ABC's General Hospital, supporting soul singer Indie Arie on keys. He recently served as the music director and performed, leading the house band for the NAACP Theatre awards held in Los Angeles.
Stephan's Theatre Music Director credits include the following: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Awarded Best Music Direction- LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards-- co-starred in the role of ‘Jimmy Powers' alongside Karole Foreman as Billie Holiday), Salvage (Awarded Best Music Direction by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle), West Side Story, The Wiz, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Seussical the Musical, and Sarafina (Nominated for Best Music Director, NAACP Theatre Awards), Recorded in Hollywood (Awarded Best Music Director, NAACP Theatre Awards), and South of Where We Live. He also served as music director for South of Where We Live and Bonita and Billie-The Life and Struggles of Billie Holiday (both featured at the National Black Theatre Festival). In theatre, Stephan has worked with some amazing actors—the late Tommy Ford, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Michael Beach, Dorien Wilson, Denise Dowse, Terry Vaughn, Carl Payne II, Michole Briana White, and many others.
As an educator, with a heart for uplifting youth, Stephan has taught music at schools and churches throughout Los Angeles, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He currently serves as music director/vocal instructor for Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC), a performing arts school for youth in L.A. His life’s motto is ‘All things are possible when you believe’. With wife Monica by his side, Stephan continues to dream and to impact lives. For more, go to stephanterry.com or Instagram: @songsofstephan