Terry Kelly (singer)

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Terry Kelly

Birth nameTerrence Kelly
Born1955 (age 63–64)[1]
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
GenresCountry, folk
Occupation(s)Singer-Songwriter, Motivational Speaker, Entertainer
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals
Years active1985-present
LabelsGun Records
Associated actsLaura Smith
WebsiteOfficial Site

Terry Kelly, CM (born 1955 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. In 2003, Kelly was inducted into the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour within the Canadian system of honours.[2] 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.


At the age of one, Kelly was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancerous condition that left him blind. As a child, he had both of his eyes removed.[1] His parents sent him to the Halifax School for the Blind when he was seven.[2] His recording career began in high school when he released five albums with instrumental band The Stringbusters.[2]

International medals[3]
Representing  Canada
Canadian Track Championships
Silver medal – second place Men's Cycling 1979
Silver medal – second place Men's Cycling 1980

At the Canadian Track Championships, Kelly won Silver (2nd place) in 1979 and once more in 1980.[3] He became the third blind person in the world to run a sub five-minute mile.[2] He competed in the 1980 Paralympics in Arnhem, Netherlands and carried the Olympic torch as part of the cross Canada Torch Relay.[3]

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.[4] 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.[4] The following year, Kelly received an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Laws from the University of King's College.[4] He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Saint Mary’s University in 2002.[4] Kelly's 2002 album, The Power of the Dream was the first music CD in the world with Braille liner notes.[2] In 2003, Kelly was appointed to the Order of Canada.[2]

Kelly released his first Christmas album, Old Tyme Christmas, in 2004. In 2005, he was presented with the Humanitarian Award[5] from the Canadian Country Music Association. Kelly travelled to Afghanistan in 2007 to perform for Canadian troops.[2] In 2016, Kelly was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.[6]

A Pittance of Time[edit]

Kelly's most recent[when?] single, "A Pittance of Time", was released in 2003. The song inspired a musical production, Two Minutes of Silence - A Pittance of Time.[7] The song was motivated by an interaction Kelly observed at a drug store on November 11, 1999.[3]



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
2013 Always There


Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN Country
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
"How Far Can a Little Girl Fall" 28
"Inspiration" 94
1993 "In My Father's House" 28 Divided Highway
"We Can Do Anything" (with 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" (with 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"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ a b Wiles, Deborah (2014). "CURLY GIRL RUNS: Kelly delights in challenges". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Terry Kelly - Highlights
  3. ^ a b c d Article in the Independent
  4. ^ a b c d Biography
  5. ^ CCMA Award Recipients
  6. ^ "Previous Hall of Fame Inductees". Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  7. ^ A Pittance of Time
  8. ^ "Terry Kelly - Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Terry Kelly - Adult Contemporary". RPM. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Terry Kelly - Top Singles". RPM. Retrieved April 26, 2019.

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