Terry Kelly (singer)

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Terry Kelly
Born St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Genres Country, folk
Occupations Singer-Songwriter, Motivational Speaker
Years active 1985-present
Labels Gun Records
Website www.terry-kelly.com

Terry Kelly, CM (born in St. John's, Newfoundland) is a Canadian country/folk music artist, athlete and professional speaker. Kelly has released six studio albums and charted eleven singles on the RPM Canadian country singles chart. In addition to award nominations from the Juno Awards and the Canadian Country Music Association, Kelly has also won seven East Coast Music Awards. Kelly received the King Clancy Award in 2000, an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Laws from the University of Kings College in 2001, an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Saint Mary’s University in 2002 and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2003, the highest civilian honour within the Canadian system of honours.[1] He sang the Canadian National Anthem at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games and also sang at the official installation ceremony of the 28th Governor General of Canada (David Lloyd Johnston) in 2010.

Biography[edit]

At the age of one, Terry Kelly was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancerous condition that left him blind. His parents sent him to the Halifax School for the Blind when he was seven.[1] His recording career began in high school when he released five albums with instrumental band The Stringbusters.[1]

At the 1979 Canadian Track Championships, Kelly was a double silver medallist.[2] He became the third blind person in the world to run a sub five-minute mile.[1] He competed in the 1980 Paralympics in Arnhem, Netherlands and carried the Olympic torch as part of the cross Canada Torch Relay.[1]

Kelly released his first studio album, On the Move, in 1985. His second album, Face to Face, was released in 1988. "In My Father's House," the first single from Kelly's third studio album, 1992's Divided Highway, was nominated for Single and SOCAN Song of the Year at the 1993 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. The same year, Kelly set an East Coast Music Awards record when he won every award that he was nominated for, including Album of the Year (Divided Highway), SOCAN Song of the Year ("In My Father's House"), Male Vocalist of the Year, Country Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.[2] He was also nominated for a 1995 Juno Award for Best Country Male Vocalist. A fourth album, Far Cry from Leaving, followed in 1997.

In 2000, Kelly was presented with the King Clancy Award.[2] The following year, Kelly received an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Laws from the University of Kings College.[2] He also received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Saint Mary’s University in 2002.[2] Kelly made music history with the release of his 2002 album, The Power of the Dream. It was the first music CD in the world with Braille liner notes.[1] In 2003, Kelly was appointed to the Order of Canada.[1]

His most recent single, "A Pittance of Time," was released in 2003. The song inspired a musical production, Two Minutes of Silence - A Pittance of Time.[3] Kelly released his first Christmas album, Old Tyme Christmas, in 2004. In 2005, he was presented with the Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Country Music Association.[2] Kelly became a member of Team Canada in 2007 and travelled to Afghanistan to perform for Canadian troops.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title CAN Country
1985 On the Move
1988 Face to Face
1992 Divided Highway 18
1996 Far Cry from Leaving
2002 The Power of the Dream
2004 Old Tyme Christmas

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
CAN Country CAN AC CAN
1985 "Driving to Mexico" On the Move
"Jeffrey's Song (Daddy on the Road)"
"The Swinger"
"Old Tyme Christmas Song" Old Tyme Christmas
1988 "Mama Likes to Rock 'n' Roll" 28 90 Face to Face
"Evangeline"
"How Far Can a Little Girl Fall" 28
"Inspiration" 94
1993 "In My Father's House" 28 Divided Highway
"We Can Do Anything" (w/ Kelita) 27
"There Goes the Fire" 22
1994 "River of No Return" 8 17
"The Girl Is on a Roll Tonight" 10
1995 "Heart Set on You" 25
1996 "Don't Take Me Home" (w/ Laura Smith) 38 51 Far Cry from Leaving
1997 "Far Cry from Leaving" 22
"Moment to Moment" 73
1998 "Bettin' on Love" 71
1999 "The Rhyme and the Reason" 42
2002 "The Power of the Dream" The Power of the Dream
2003 "You Can Start Again"
"A Pittance of Time"

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