Terry Ellis

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This article is about the En Vogue singer. For the co-founder of Chrysalis Records, see Terry Ellis (manager).
Terry Ellis
Birth name Terry Lynn Ellis
Born (1963-09-05) September 5, 1963 (age 50)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres R&B, pop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1989–present
Labels Atlantic, eastwest
Associated acts En Vogue

Terry Lynn Ellis (born September 5, 1963)[1] is an R&B singer best known for her work with the vocal group En Vogue.

Biography[edit]

Terry Ellis was born in Houston, Texas. She is the daughter of Lennie James Ellis and the former Evelyn Marie Patton.[1] Ellis graduated from Worthing High School of Houston in 1982. Ellis received a degree in Marketing from Prairie View A&M University in 1990.[2] She later joined the group En Vogue, which was originally planned to be a trio (a 1990s version of The Emotions), but the producers were so impressed by her voice, they made the group a quartet. In 1995 Ellis took time during the group's hiatus to release her solo CD, Southern Gal which was released on November 14, 1995. The CD included the moderate hits "Where Ever You Are" and "What Did I Do To You?". She also contributed a track called "Call on me" for the Soundtrack for the HBO Film "Disappearing Acts" with Wesley Snipes.

She also released her own fragrance titled "Southern Exposure".[citation needed]

En Vogue lost original members Dawn Robinson in 1997 and again in 2005, and Maxine Jones in 2001 (they latter replaced by Amanda Cole and then Rhona Bennett.) Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson have since returned to the group. In 2005, Ellis was featured in the Stevie Wonder music video "So What The Fuss" with her original En Vogue group members Dawn Robinson, Maxine Jones and Cindy Herron. She also played one of Chanté Moore's friends in the Music video "Chanté's Got a Man" in 1999.

With fellow group member Cindy Herron having taken a leave from the group around 2004-2005, Terry Ellis is the only original member of En Vogue to have never left the group during any point in time.

Voice/Range[edit]

Terry Ellis has a 5 octave vocal range which was displayed in the En Vogue song, "Don't Go". By her groupmates, Terry was credited as the member with the "Ballad" type of voice. With En Vogue, she often shared leads, or lead the group songs that were funky, and soulful. In group harmonies, Terry usually sings the Alto arrangement, which is above Maxine Jones, but under Dawn Robinson, or Cindy Herron.

Personal life[edit]

Her cousin is Thomas Howard who plays linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL. She is close friends with actress Holly Robinson Peete, whom she met on the set of the sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper while recording the show's theme song.[3]

While a student at Prairie View A&M University, Terry was the featured soloist for the "Marching Storm" directed by the consummate Prof Edwards. Terry also sang duets with the fellow students Michael Cooley, Rickey Lafontaine, Dellenor Miles and Norton Campbell. Terry also participated in the theatrical performances of the famed Charles Gilpin Players, directed by the venerable C. Lee Turner. Her here Gilpin performances took her toe the Worlds Fair in New Orleans and other places around the state. The fuel that helped launched her professional career was her duet performance of "Love Changes" with Kashif during his visit to Prairie View A&M University. Kashif gained fame with his production of Whitney Houston's first album for Arista Records and Kenny G's debut album, also on Arista. Additionally, Terry was a featured performer for many Talent Showcases, banquets and other special student events produced by the Office of Student Activities, directed by Frederick V. Roberts, Director of Student Activities.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1995: "Where Ever You Are" US #52 US R&B #10
  • 1996: "What Did I Do To You"/"Back Down Memory Lane" US R&B #41

En Vogue leads/shared leads[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 [database on-line]". The Generations Network. 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Terry Ellis". HBCU Connect. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Holly-Robinson-Peete-on-Her-Best-Friend-Terry-Lynn-Ellis