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Terry Hope Gladstone
(15 July 2000) Terry Gladstone's debut recording Words & Music
(Terry Hope Gladstone (USA) VS101, 1995) was recorded in late 1995 as a demo
to music publishers and the twelve tracks are as timeless today as they
were then. Terry provides all of the vocals on the album, however, she
has since recorded demos using different vocalists to cover her material.
She has been a radio discjockey for over fifteen years and has been on all
the major rock radio stations in Los Angeles. She has hosted her own
talk show, a New Age midnight program and an acoustic Sunday morning program
among others. Terry also worked at WTG/Sony in A&R where she worked with a
variety of artists ranging from Jason Bonham and Princess Stephanie. Her
background also includes studying music therapy and working with Downes
Syndrome patients. She has recorded a vast array of demos and is on the
satellite network of Westwood One radio.
Music on the recording was written primarily by Terry Gladstone. She
is supported by Alan Silva (keyboards), Dave Carpenter (bass), Steve
Klong (drums), Jimmy Stafford (guitar) and Michelle Mangione (percussion)
on the album. The album blends different styles of accessible rock and
easy listening tunes. Catching melodies are supported by harmony vocals
and lovely instrumental arrangements throughout. Both upbeat light rocking
tracks and soft, tender ballads are included. Keyboard work is especially
enticing, often adding texture to the tracks within the instrumental
bridges. The studio production certainly brought the most out of
Terry's sweet and sensitive voice.
The album is dominated by heartfelt ballads wrenched with vocal layers
and gentle accompaniment. We particularly enjoyed the way Terry's vocals
soar as the intensity of the songs build and her ability to be sensually
evocative as well as sultry by exploring different areas of her vocal
range. Examples include "Together In Our Hearts," "Trust My Heart,"
"What's True For Me," the evocative "One More Time,"
Gentle bar-style easy listening tunes continue to explore Terry's range
and are dominated by keyboard-based instrumental arrangements. These
include "Surrender To Love" and "Little One."
The bluesy "Run With The Fire" is sung primarily accompanied by acoustic
guitar with the lead vocal style adjusted accordingly and it differs from
the other ballads on the album in this respect.
The light rocking tunes of the album move right along and might be
equally comfortable being classified as easy listening. In "Havin' A
Blast" an almost spoken part is joined with a lively instrumental
arrangement with crisp percussion and rich production. A certain
favourite is the rocking "With Your Spirit" which combines layers of
soaring vocals with a lively piano melody, interplaying guitar part
and crisp percussion. We especially enjoyed the track "Worth The
Wait" which blends ballad and easy listening styles using lots of
vocal layers in the chorus. "Simple Dance" is the album's one
instrumental. It is a light bar-like number arranged by Alan Silva.
The album concludes with the stunning track "I Promise You My Love."
A certain favourite, it combines the range of Terry's vocal styles
with light rock arrangements and features a tremendous keyboard part
during the instrumental bridge.
It is clear from the text above that we quite enjoyed Terry Gladstone's
album Words & Music. While it has not been published, it provides
insight into the talent of this established singer, songwriter, music
professional. Interested readers should note that Terry Gladstone can be
contacted via her promotional agent, Teresa Conboy (P.O., Box 27766,
Los Angeles, CA 90027) or by e-mail at
Terry's music resides in the gentler regions of
the female vocalist space. A rare treat for music reviewers, the album
is certainly worth a journey and we thought it was a very nice listen!