Terra Lightfoot

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Terra Lightfoot
Terra Lightfoot 2018 Supercrawl-3.jpg
Lightfoot performing at Supercrawl in Hamilton, ON in 2018
Background information

Terra Lightfoot is a Canadian musician and singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario who has released two albums with the independent music label Sonic Unyon Recording Company[1] and is distributed by Sony Music.[2] Recordings from her 2015 album are heard on terrestrial and satellite radio channels in North America.[3][4] She performs in a folk and roots rock style known for bold vocals and electric guitar riffs.

Early life[edit]

Lightfoot was raised in Waterdown, Ontario, a rural community in the northern part of Hamilton. As a young woman she attended McMaster University.[5]

Early career[edit]

In the early 2010s Lightfoot was a member of the Dinner Belles, a group of country-folk performers from Hamilton.[6] She performed as a guitarist and vocalist for the group's first and only studio album in 2014, though was unconnected to the group's earlier off-label album and live performances.

With the band's indie music label, Sonic Unyon, she worked on her second solo album Every Time My Mind Runs Wild concurrent with the Dinner Belles album The River And The Willow, both released in 2014.

Her first solo album, self-titled and released in 2011, was described as "subdued", with compositions characteristic of a modern folk singer-songwriter.

Lightfoot performing at Hillside Festival in 2015

Her second solo album was in collaboration with indie rockers Gus van Go, Werner F, and Liam O'Neil, who are known for their performances with the group The Stills. The album's producers, van Go and F, were credited with bringing a more catchy, hook-heavy, power pop style.[7]

Musical style[edit]

Lightfoot has a multi-octave mezzo-soprano singing voice that has been compared to that of Joan Jett[8] and Dusty Springfield.[7] Her electric guitar style has been described as similar to John Fogerty and Van Morrison.[7] The songs for which Lightfoot is best known are described as bluesy-rock power ballads.

March 2018 Lightfoot was featured in Guitar Player Magazine along with her SG 'Veronica'.[9]


Lightfoot has toured extensively in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, performing at folk music festivals and intimate venues. In 2017 she was honoured by the Canadian Independent Music Association for being a touring musician selling at least 25,000 concert seats in a 12-month period.[10]

On tour, Lightfoot has collaborated with a famous Canadian singer forty years her senior, Gordon Lightfoot, though the two are not related.[2] She has also toured with Bruce Cockburn[11] and Blue Rodeo.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Terra Lightfoot (2011)
  • Every Time My Mind Runs Wild (2015)
  • New Mistakes (2017)

Live albums[edit]

  • Live In Concert (2017)


  1. ^ "Sonic Unyon Records: Terra Lightfoot - Artist biography", Retrieved on 28 June 2017
  2. ^ a b Rayner, Ben "Your New Favorite Thing Terra Lightfoot" Toronto Star 8 Jul 2015. Retrieved on 28 Jun 2017
  3. ^ Terra Lightfoot with Donovan Woods - GiantFM 2015 concert promotion
  4. ^ SiriusXM - Terra Lightfoot
  5. ^ Terra Lightfoot shines at the Hamilton Music Awards. Hamilton Spectator 19 Nov 2012. Retrieved on 28 June 2017
  6. ^ Discography at discogs.com
  7. ^ a b c "Terra Lightfoot - Every Time My Mind Runs Wild (Album Review)", Red Guitar Music, 18 August 2016. Retrieved on 27 June 2017
  8. ^ Mullin, Kyle. "Review: Terra Lightfoot Every Time My Mind Runs Wild", Exclaim, Toronto, 10 April 2015. Retrieved on 27 June 2017
  9. ^ "Terra Lightfoot on Communication Through "Veronica" (her Gibson SG) and Channeling Marc Bolan". GuitarPlayer.com. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  10. ^ Press Release - Terra Lightfoot is Certified Road Gold, Reveals New Live Album Killbeat Music 6 Feb 2017. Retrieved on 28 June 2017
  11. ^ Sonic Unyon: Terra Lightfoot joins legendary Bruce Cockburn on Fall Tour
  12. ^ Saxberg, Lynn (15 February 2016). "Terra Lightfoot kicks off big year with confidence-building Blue Rodeo tour". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 14 July 2017.

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