Terry Emm is a singer-songwriter originating from Hertfordshire, England. He has released three studio albums: “White Butterflies” (2009), “Petals Fallen Off The Sun” (2012) and “Starlight” (2014).
Emm’s debut album ‘White Butterflies’ caused a stir when it was released in 2009 with glowing reviews, including 4 stars from MOJO and 5 stars from Maverick Magazine. The album found admirers all over the world and was championed by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and BBC Radio 2’s 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 that when asked for a music 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). 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. Tracks from ‘White Butterflies’ were sync’d to French adventure TV series ‘La Quete Des Vents’ which still gets regular rotation on TV channels in Europe to this day.
UK tours with labelmate Simon Stewart and UK acoustic scene lynchpin Jinder plus 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 received praise from competition judge Eliza Carthy and a string of gig slots at some of the top folk clubs around the country.
Emm’s 2012 Christmas single ‘Gently’ lit up the internet and music video channels with its vibrant 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. Almost ten years later in 2021 ‘Gently’ was featured in Amazon #1 best-selling novel ‘The Certainty Of Chance’ by Toronto based author Jacquelyn Middleton.
Emm’s third album ‘Starlight’, produced by Michael Clarke (Andy Burrows) and featuring string arrangements by Calina De La Mare (Tindersticks), saw him out on the road again in 2013/14, performing his own dates in the UK and around Europe as well as opening for the likes of Emma Stevens, Richard Walters, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Harry Manx, Jess Morgan and Amy Wadge.
“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