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Terri England: The Artist


TERRI ENGLAND is the composer, arranger, performer and producer behind TONES OF THE TROPiCS. A native of South Texas, England was born to a family of musicians, artists and entrepreneurs. At six years of age she began playing guitar while also receiving classical training on piano and cello. During formal education her immersion in both art and music proved to be valuable experiences strongly influencing her later development as an independent artist. In particular, her orchestral activities would teach her to create dynamic musical arrangements.
In the early years England played guitar and keyboards in bands whose styles ranged from pop, rock and jazz, to country and retro 50’s style sock-hop tunes. While involved with a jazz band she would discover her "passion" after a fellow musician gave her an album by Flora Purim, a Brazilian vocalist. England was so taken by the syncopated rhythms, percussive nuances and beautifully rich chord voicings that she made a conscious decision to focus her own compositional energy on that particular genre. Today, England’s music flows from the heart, influenced by so many Brazilian and Latin artists, including Flora and Airto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Tania Maria, Oscar Castro-Neves, Sergio Mendes, Jose Feliciano, Luis Miguel and American artist Lee Ritenour. Her music is released through her own publishing company and record label, Inglaterra Musica and she is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).