First Listen: The Terri Green Project has been "Sneaking Out"

(May 16, 2021) Ever since Terri B! (born Terri Bjerre) first burst unto the international music scene, her massive catalog – now including thousands of remixes and hundreds of singles – has proven her to be a master collaborator. Not only has she worked as lead vocalist for several successful groups including 2 Eixissa and Avant Garde, but she’s teamed up with a host of producers and DJs including Laidback Luke, Cazette, Ralphi Rosario & Abel Aguilera (Rosabel) and the late Avicii. Thanks to her sultry voice, she’s charted heavily on both the UK Soul and Billboard Dance charts, parking three times at number one; her most recent in 2017 with the Rosario-Aguilera powered “Anthem of House.”

(May 16, 2021) Ever since Terri B! (born Terri Bjerre) first burst unto the international music scene, her massive catalog – now including thousands of remixes and hundreds of singles – has proven her to be a master collaborator. Not only has she worked as lead vocalist for several successful groups including 2 Eixissa and Avant Garde, but she’s teamed up with a host of producers and DJs including Laidback Luke, Cazette, Ralphi Rosario & Abel Aguilera (Rosabel) and the late Avicii. Thanks to her sultry voice, she’s charted heavily on both the UK Soul and Billboard Dance charts, parking three times at number one; her most recent in 2017 with the Rosario-Aguilera powered “Anthem of House.”

In 2008, she paired up with multi-instrumentalist, producer and prominent saxophonist Torsten “Toddi Reed” Abrolat to create the Terri Green Project. The union pushed Terri into a different musical direction, one heavily inspired by the soulful sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry White, Phyllis Hyman and the O’Jays – a direction pursuant to which they say they are “paying homage to their greatness.” And it looks like they’ve landed on something classic.

On their latest single, “Sneaking Out,” the band pulls off funky riffs so reminiscent of Chic and Jamiroquai. The mood is an odd contrast to the message inside. which finds a confrontational Bjerre singing about the dubious actions of her lover. Right before the chorus, she claims she’s “had enough” and is “giving up.” Written and produced by Green and Abrolat, this bubbly uptempo track is rife with juicy soul and dancefloor jubilation. And with a hooky chorus and gorgeous layers of strings duplicating the sweetness of a ‘70’s Philly soul disco gem, it’s hard to resist the magnetic pull of this joyful retro smash.

Truly an intercontinental labor of love, the musical collaborations stretches miles across the oceanic waters to include contributions from longtime Australian engineer Jochen “Jobrizz” Mueller and solid performances from American talent (Fontaine Burnett on guitar, Thomas Stieger on bass). The track also includes the sassy brass trio of the Washington, DC-based N.W.O. Horns, a talented collective supervised by Lenny Harris.  Remixes from Madrid-based Peter Brown and UK’s Frank Blythe are expected later this year.

Check out this First Listen and let us know if you’re not “sneaking out” on this one.

By J. Matthew Cobb

The Terri Green Project - "Sneaking Out"

 

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