Bedfordshire singer-songwriter, Terry Emm’s debut album ‘White Butterflies’ (2009) caused a stir when it was released in 2009. The album found admirers all over the world. Maverick Country magazine described the album as ‘Stunning… faultless… the best singer songwriter debut in a long while’, in a 5 star review, whilst Mojo praised it as an ‘Outstanding debut… pastoral, romantic and lit musically by summer rays…no routine singer- songwriter offering but some-thing totally engaging in melody and lyric’. Uncut described Terry’s song-writing as ‘remarkable’ for a teenager and the album was championed by many radio stations including BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 DJ’s Tom Robinson and Bob Harris who Emm has recorded live sessions and interviews for. In fact, at the East Coast Music Awards 2010 in Sydney, Canada, it was reported by the Telegram newspaper that when asked for a recommendation from his side of the pond, Bob Harris, who was presenting at the Awards, suggested audiences listen to Terry Emm.
Following the release of ‘White Butterflies’, Emm was invited to open at major UK venues for acclaimed Welsh singer-songwriter Judith Owen (wife of Spinal Tap & The Simpsons actor Harry Shearer) on her 2009 UK tour. Late Nick Drake string arranger Robert Kirby was in the audience at the London date and praised Emm’s music. Emm also opened for cult folk artist Jackie Leven on multiple occasions, as well as supporting a variety of artists like Ella Edmondson, The Hoosiers, Iain Archer, Megson, Rosie Flores and Danny & The Champions Of The World to name but a few.
UK tours with labelmate Simon Stewart and UK acoustic scene lynchpin Jinder plus festival appearances at major uk folk festivals helped build Emm’s following further. Emm also won BBC Radio Gloucestershire DJ Johnny Coppin’s ‘Folk Quest’ prize and was selected for St Albans Folk Club’s ‘New Roots’ final, where he recieved praise from competition judge Eliza Carthy and a string of gig slots at some of the top folk clubs around the country.
Emm’s long awaited second album ‘Petals Fallen Off The Sun’ (2012) saw Terry again work with producer Richard Durrant as part of Brighton based collective LongMan Records who have been responsible for albums by the likes of; The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, Stephen J Kalinich, Jack Cryer and the last album by busker legend, Don Partridge. Whilst maintaining the English singer-songwriter sensibilities and intricate finger picked guitars of ‘White Butterflies’, other moments of ‘Petals…’ became an angsty stark and rocky affair.
Xmas single ‘Gently’ (2012) came from the ‘Petals…’ sessions and lit up the internet and music video channels with its vibrant animation by Mark Charlton of Bluestar Animation. The single gained massive press acclaim including coverage from The Guardian Music Blog, The Wild Honey Pie & The Washington City Paper and heavy rotation on BBC 6 Music with Gideon Coe and Chris Hawkins spinning it multiple times over the festive season. Emm was contacted by a producer for Top Of The Pops about the single, but unfortunately their planned segment on Christmas songs by independent artists was axed.
Two years later, new collaborations with Michael Clarke (Andy Burrows, Clarkesville) and Calina De La Mare (Sophia, Tindersticks) brought the lushly produced ‘Starlight’, perhaps Emm’s most accomplished and well written album to date. Around the release of ‘Starlight’, Emm went out on the road again, performing his own dates in the UK and around Europe aswell as opening for the likes of Emma Stevens, Richard Walters, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Harry Manx, Jess Morgan and Amy Wadge.
2018 saw Emm emerge again to release a new 4 track EP entitled ‘Ornate’, which experimented in a slightly more indie-electronic sound than previous releases. The EP was recorded at Smokehouse Studios, London by Jonathan McMillan and featured Becky ‘Pepper’ Puddick on backing vocals.
‘Excellent debut release.. stunning…faultless production…this is the best debut album from a singer-songwriter that I have heard in a long time…’ – ***** 5/5 – MAVERICK
‘England’s new pastoral-folk prince…an accomplished & mature writer, backed by the most gentle and thoughtful of settings…a charming debut in every sense…careful, considered and invitingly pretty and spatial…luxuriously appealing… ‘– AMERICANA-UK
‘Excellent, excellent music’ –BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2
‘Outstanding debut…pastoral, romantic and lit musically by summer rays…this album is no routine singer- songwriter offering but some-thing totally engaging in melody and lyric…the cult starts here’- **** 4/5- MOJO
“Such finely crafted songs”– R2 MAGAZINE
“Evokes a host of quality English songwriters… a sweet and promising debut”– ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE
“Absolutely Delightful”– CHRIS HAWKINS, BBC 6 MUSIC
‘Striking debut from teenage English troubadour…For a 19-year-old, Emm’s songs boast a remarkable maturity and poise… The effortless, understated craft of songs such as ‘Dove’ and the title track, suggest that if he doesn’t make it as a performer in an already over-crowded field, a career as a writer awaits.’ – UNCUT