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Terry Silverlight has contributed his musical talents as a leader, composer, producer,
arranger, drummer, author and educator to projects in almost every style and facet of the
Terry Silverlight began his career at the age of 14 when he played drums on his brother
Barry Miles’s album, WHITE HEAT, an innovative harbinger of the fusion movement. Since
then as a drummer, he has performed all over the world and recorded on gold/platinum
albums and hit singles for Billy Ocean, George Benson, Natalie Merchant, Freddie Jackson,
Stephanie Mills, Tom Jones, Laura Nyro, Anne Murray, Mel Torme, Jennifer Holladay, Phil
Woods, The Fania All -Stars, The CTI All-Stars, Jonathan Butler. Film scores for One Fine
Day, You've Got Mail, Object Of My Affection, My Blue Heaven, Titus, Frida, Slaves Of New
York, What Planet Are You From, and countless jingles and TV shows. Terry has toured
globally with Roberta Flack, the award-winning all-star Manhattan Jazz Orchestra (MJO),
and many others.
As a songwriter/producer/composer, Terry has written, produced and arranged hundreds
of pieces for network TV shows including One Life To Live, The Sopranos (a song in an
Emmy award-winning episode), All My Children, Ed, Beverly Hills 90210, Young And The
Restless, Melrose Place, C.S.I., NCIS, Smallville, Ghost Whisperer, Strong Medicine, Las
Vegas, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Seventh Heaven, The District, The Shield, Burn Notice,
South Beach. Jingles for Reebok, Nicorette, Pantene, Crisco Canola. Songs in the films
INVINCIBLE with Mark Wahlberg (#1 box office movie in the U.S. for two weeks), MARCI X
with Lisa Kudrow, SUNSHINE CLEANING with Alan Arkin/Emily Blunt/Amy Adams, MAD
ABOUT MAMBO with Keri Russell, HEAD OVER HEELS with Monica Potter and Freddie Prinze
Jr., and songs recorded by Nancy Wilson, Carl Anderson, Les McCann, Judy Torres, Louise
(top ten single in the UK) and Philip Ingram.
Terry has released four solo artist jazz albums (in various sub genres of jazz):
TERRY SILVERLIGHT, WILD!, DIAMOND IN THE RIFF, and LIVE! which he composed, arranged
and produced. They feature performances by Will Lee, Paul Shaffer, Edgar Winter, Hiram
Bullock, Lew Soloff, Barry Miles, Chuck Loeb, David Mann, Bill Evans, John Tropea, Clifford
Carter, Chris Hunter, Aaron Heick, Glenn Alexander, Tabitha Fair, and Bob Malach among
Terry has released three solo artist pop albums (in various sub genres of pop):
SONGWRITER/PRODUCER featuring original songs he has written, produced, arranged,
recorded, and performed by himself, COLLABORATIONS featuring original songs he co-
wrote with a variety of hit songwriters including Judy Hart Angelo (CHEERS theme song
WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME), Oliver Leiber (OPPOSITES ATTRACT for Paula
Abdul), Gene McDaniels (FEEL LIKE MAKING LOVE), Jeff Franzel and Alexandra Forbes
(DON'T RUSH ME for Taylor Dayne), Barry Miles (he wrote songs with Maya Angelou and
Brenda Russell for Roberta Flack), Cynthia Biggs (IF ONLY YOU KNEW for Patti LaBelle),
Ellison Chase (he wrote songs for Jermaine Jackson, Chaka Khan, Pointer Sisters), Peggy
Stanziale (ALL DRESSED UP for Madonna), Marjorie Maye (A NEW DAY HAS COME for
Celine Dion), and MUSIC TO PICTURE which presents a selection of compositions Terry has
written, produced, arranged, performed and recorded that have served as the soundscape
for hundreds of episodes on prime time TV shows and in major films.
The TERRY SILVERLIGHT BAND has performed in premier Manhattan venues including
Birdland, The Cutting Room, The Metropolitan Cafe, Jazz Forum Arts, Bronxnet TV Studio.
Terry’s drum books are THE FEATURED DRUMMER which comes with an audio CD of Terry
playing the exercises accompanied by John Patitucci and Barry Miles, and THE STICK BAG
BOOK OF JAZZ, FUNK, FUSION. Both are published by Music Sales/Amsco/G.Schirmer.
Articles have been written about Terry in Billboard, The New York Times, Electronic
Musician, Mix Magazine, Mix Online, ASCAP's Playback, Princeton Alumni Weekly,
Princeton's With One Accord, Modern Drummer, DRUM!, JazzIs, JazzTimes, Downbeat, The
Courier News, Drummer, Goldmine, Swing Journal (Japan), JazzReview.com, Rivertown,
Tascam, O's Place, I Spy Soul, Drum Tracks, and Percussioner magazines.
Terry's bio is included in The Hollywood Reporter's Who's Who In Composing, Who's Who
In Entertainment, Who's Who In Music/Pop, and Outstanding People of the 20th
Terry endorses Gretsch Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads,
LP (Latin Percussion), HQ Percussion, Puresound Snare Wires.