Terri Allard

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Terri Allard
Birth name Theresa Ann Allard
Born (1962-08-31) August 31, 1962 (age 55)
Origin Barboursville, Virginia
Genres folk, country
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments guitar
Website terriallard.com

Terri Allard is an American country and folk singer-songwriter from Virginia. Her most recent album, Makes No Sense, features a song she wrote together with Mary Chapin Carpenter.[1]

When not making music, Allard is the host of a television talk show on public television station WHTJ entitled Charlottesville Inside-Out.[2] In 2017 she celebrated a decade with the show.[3]


Allard attended Orange County High School in Orange, Virginia where she excelled in long distance running. She set record times in the one-mile and two-mile distances in 1980,[4] the latter of which stood for many years.[5] Phil Audibert, a local author and musician, gave Allard her first guitar lesson. As a fourth-grader, she sang “Leaving on a Jet Plane” at a 4-H talent contest, accompanied on the guitar by Extension agent Ted Carroll.[4]

Her early contest recognition led to the Lion’s Club Bland Music Contest and then folk concerts at the Four County Players theater in Barboursville. She and Mark Brookman, a Gordonsville, Virginia native, put together a musical duo "that was making people take notice."[4]

After finishing college, when she was well into her 20s, Allard decided to pursue her music. For a few years she performed weekly at Random Row, a bar in Charlottesville. She slowly built up a repertoire of original material, and a fan base. As she puts it, “Once I buckled down, I was very serious about it and very focused about it and started writing.”[4]

Billy Marshall Brockman, also an Orange County native, gave Allard the push she needed to launch her music career properly. “He taught me over half of what I know about music,” she says.[4]


Playing at a club in Harrisonburg one night, Allard and Brockman were on break, sitting at the bar, discussing music with a bartender named Dwayne. “I had a crush on him,” Allard admits. Soon they were married.[4]

Her new husband had a degree in marketing and “he taught me about it as well,” Allard says. She produced her first CD in 1994, with four more to follow — "all of them released under the independent label she and Dwayne started."[4]

While their friends were having children and buying cars and houses, Allard and her husband were plowing all their money into "running up and down the road, putting together press packets, marketing this product called Terri Allard." As she recalls:[4]

You drive to Nashville, you drive eight hours, nine hours to play three songs at the Bluebird, and no one’s paying you anything. You do that sort of thing a lot.

Allard formed the Terri Allard Jazz Quartet with some of "the area’s top musicians," including drummer Robert Jospé, pianist Bob Hallahan, and bassists Pete Spaar. The group performs popular jazz standards with favorites including those by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Etta James.[6]


"No losers here. Allard's mastered the art of the Americana ballad...she wraps up her emotions in truly attractive acoustic melodies. Allard's most potent weapon is her voice, a sultry combination of sweetness and grit."

— Bill Craig, Richmond Times-Dispatch


  • Terri Allard (1994)
  • Rough Lines (1996)
  • Loose Change and Spare Parts (1999)
  • Makes No Sense (2002)
  • Live From Charlottesville (2006)

Honors, awards, distinctions[edit]

  • “Best of CVille” songwriter winner.[6]
  • WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) for Best Female Country Vocalist.[7]


Allard's father Bill is also a musician.[8] She lost her brother Scott A. Allard, a professional actor, in 2005 to melanoma.[9] Her son Will has performed with her band from a very young age.[4]


  1. ^ Craig, Bill (2002-05-23). "No losers here Allard's mastered the art of the Americana ballad". Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
  2. ^ Hook staff (2007-11-15). "'Inside-Out' fest: WHTJ celebrates local talk with Terri". The Hook. Charlottesville. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  3. ^ O'Hare, Erin (2017-01-04). "Terri Allard celebrates 10 years of storytelling on WHTJ - C-VILLE Weekly". C-VILLE Weekly. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Staff, Orange News (2012-03-07). "Terri Allard is coming home". The Daily Progress. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Guitar zone: Terri Allard and her evolving band". www.readthehook.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Terri Allard Jazz Quartet". www.20south.net. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Bio&Slideshow - Terri Allard". terriallard.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Music - Terri Allard". www.terriallard.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  9. ^ "Scott Allard". terriallard.com. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 

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