Tony Terry

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Tony Terry
Birth name Anthony Terry
Born (1964-03-12) March 12, 1964 (age 52)
Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States
Genres Soul, R&B, new jack swing
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1987–present
Labels Epic, Virgin, Spectra Music Group
Associated acts Sweet Sensation, Boogie Boys

Anthony "Tony" Terry (born March 12, 1964)[1] is an American soul/new jack swing singer from Washington, D.C., who had several R&B hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s.



Terry is a graduate at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington. He landed backing vocalist jobs for the freestyle/pop group Sweet Sensation, and hip-hop group The Boogie Boys.[1] In 1987, he signed a recording contract with Epic/CBS Records. Terry's first single, "She's Fly", was released the same year, and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.[2] Forever Yours, Terry's debut album for Epic, was released in 1988, and reached the Top 40 of Billboard's R&B albums chart.[3] The follow-up single, "Lovey Dovey", reached number four on the R&B charts, and "Forever Yours" climbed into the R&B Top 20.[2] In 1989, Tony was also featured in a duet with label mate Flame on the song "On The Strength", which reached number 59 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and number 11 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart.

Terry's self-titled second album, released in 1990, included the single "With You" (his biggest hit) which reached the Top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Top 10 on the R&B chart.[2] "Everlasting Love", was a number-six R&B hit.[2] After leaving Epic, Terry moved over to Virgin Records. His debut album for that label was 1994's Heart Of A Man. The single, "When A Man Cries", just managed the R&B Top 40, but the album was a commercial failure.[2] The following year, Terry contributed background vocals on the single "Gotta Have Love", from Yolanda Adams's album More Than a Melody. He also appeared in the video. Terry has performed on the soundtracks to Gladiator starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tap starring Gregory Hines and King's Ransom starring Anthony Anderson. In 1991, Terry earned two Soul Train Music Award nominations: Single of the Year and Artist of the Year for "With You". In 2009, Terry signed an Imprint Distribution Deal with UniversalCMG World Entertainment for the single "Closest Thing To Perfect". He later re-recorded the single in 2010.

His video for "With You" was executive produced by Anita Baker and directed by Blair Underwood, who made a cameo appearance.[4]

His latest album, I Tony 6, was released in 2015.[5]


Terry was featured in Sisterella, co-produced by Michael Jackson; Mama, I Want To Sing' David E. Talbert's His Woman, His Wife, co-starring Stephanie Mills; and more recently the national tour of Tall Dark and Handsome. He also undertook the The Wiz National Tour as the Tin Man. Terry toured in the stage production Cheezecake Boyz and The Diva. Terry was also seen in Lavarious A. Slaughter's, Love Unbreakable, which began its national tour in February 2012.


Chart albums[edit]

Title Release
U.S. R&B Albums[3] U.S. Billboard 200[3]
Forever Yours 1987 27 151
Tony Terry 1990 35 184
Heart of a Man 1994 47 -
My Best [6] 2001
Changed! 2006 54
I Tony 6 2015

Chart singles[edit]

Title Release
U.S. R&B Singles[2] U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2]
"She's Fly" 1987 10 80
"Forever Yours" 1988 16 80
"Lovey Dovey" 1988 4
"Young Love" 1988 88 -
"On The Strength" (Flame With Tony Terry) 1989 59 -
"Head Over Heels" 1990 13 -
"Everlasting Love" 1991 6 81
"That Kind of Guy" 1991 38 -
"With You" 1991 6 14
"When a Man Cries" 1994 32 -
"Heart of a Man" 1995 86 -
"If You're Gonna Worry, Don't Pray" 2006 - -
"All I Need" 2013 - -
"Repertoire" (James Day feat. Tony Terry) 2015 - -
"Ready" (Razzadah feat. Tony Terry) 2015 - -
"Lovaholic" 2015 - -
"Dance for Hours" 2015 - -

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Biography by Steve Huey". Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Allmusic - Charts & Awards - singles
  3. ^ a b c Allmusic - Charts & Awards - albums
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Tony Terry Speaks to,", November 19, 2009.
  5. ^ "I Tony 6 - Tony Terry | Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Tony Terry - My Best". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 

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