Terry Cade was born and raised in Toronto and made her lifetime commitment to a singing career at the young age of twelve. Her father was a professional jazz saxophonist , and Terry had the opportunity of being exposed to the sophisticated music of his era.
Her extensive classical and jazz training began in her early teens and includes The Royal Conservatory of Music, The Berklee School of Music, York University and The Manhattan School of Music as well as study with the late jazz vocalist Anne Marie Moss and the late Fred Stone. She is specialist in primary music including Orff and Kodaly pedagogies. Terry won the FACTOR Award for New Talent and was awarded the esteemed honor of The Canada Council Award for the Arts.
Terry's most potent jazz vocal influences are Betty Carter for her "re-invention" of the song form and the more traditional offerings of Shirley Horn. She is inspired by the improvisational genius of jazz pioneers Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans. Terry has developed an outstanding ear and has honed her vocal power into a new realm of instrumentation by using alternate rhythms, exotic voicings and subtle intonations.
In her first CD entitled "Sometimes I'm Happy", Terry exhibits impeccable vocal skill, combined with a vast emotional range in her arrangements. She dances with breezy confidence in the title track " Sometimes I'm Happy", and can evoke tears in her own riveting and poignant ballad "I Wish I Could've Known You Better". Her sense of humor is evidenced in her skilled and witty handling of "Just You, Just Me" and she and her band swing hard through "Come Dance With Me". In "You Don't Know What Love Is", one can feel and hear the despair and angst of lost love communicated through the subtle, layered textures of the vocal.
Terry's quartet on the Cd provides eloquent rhythmic and melodic counterpoint to her instrument. The outstanding musicians she recorded with are Dave Restivo on piano, Artie Roth on Bass, John Obercian on drums and Lou Marini on sax. The album was produced by the renowned composer and musician, Jon Goldsmith.