Terri Wells


[b]Soul - disco - boogie singer[/b]

Hails from Philadelphia
Sang in church before being old enough to sing in clubs.
She and some local friends formed [a=City Limits], who signed briefly to [l=TSOP] in the mid-70's.
When the group disbanded, [a=Dexter Wansel] hired her as a session singer at [l=Philadelphia International Records].
For the next few years she both toured and recorded with artists including [a=Lou Rawls], [a=MFSB], [a=Leon Huff], [a=Jean Carn] and [a=Dexter Wansel] (singing on "Love Is Everywhere", "Life On Mars" and lead on "The Sweetest Pain").
In 1979, Dexter retired from live performances, and Terri was hired by [a=Roy Ayers].
She toured in his band and co-wrote "Let's Stay Together" on his "Feelin' Good" album.
She was a featured lead vocalist on [a=Roy Ayers]' "Turn Me Loose' and was signed to his [l=Uno Melodic Records], although nothing was released.
When [a=Nick Martinelli] was hired by the [l=Philly World Records] as a staff producer, he recommended they sign Terri.
This led to her debut solo release 'You Make It Heaven' (UK Top75) in 1983.
Her follow-up "I'll Be Around" (U K Top 20, 1984) was a remake of the [a=Spinners] classic on which she had been one of the original background singers!
"Just Like Dreamin", which also included "Who's That Stranger", was released later in 1984.