Artist biog

Terry McDermott

Terry McDermott is a singer, songwriter and writer from Aberdeen,Scotland currently residing in New Orleans, LA. Formerly of Geffen recording artists Driveblind, Lotus Crush and NBC ‘The Voice’ Season 3 Runner-Up. 

"Shaggy Scottish rocker Terry McDermott made his mark on Season 3 of "The Voice" belting out hairy Camaro classics from the Great American '70s/'80sRock Songbook (Journey, Boston, Foreigner, et al). But his new original track, "Pictures," evokes the mid-2000s Britrock of bands like Travis, Embrace, Starsailor, and of course his own former Geffen group, Driveblind. It's very British, and it's bloody good.Does this mean an album of modern McDermott music is on the way? Let's hope so. A guy with a voice like this needs to get in the studio, and back on my TV, as soon as possible." Lindsey Parker | Reality Rocks | Yahoo! Music 

“Pictures,”...another perfect example of his effortless vocals and talent as a songwriter. Rachel McRady | Wetpaint 

“You’ve got this clean, really pristine, beautiful voice" Adam Levine 

“You definitely have a great radio quality to your voice where you sound like the kind of voice that can actually sing anything.” Christina Aguilera 

“You sound like the real thing...I think you are the real thing!” Cee Lo Green 

"Great future for you!” Peter Frampton 

"Musical perfection" Blake Shelton 

•CURRENT: 
On February 20, 2013, McDermott flew to Los Angeles to write songs with Todd Burman, an Australian musician with whom he had toured. By that evening,they had completed “Pictures” and recorded a rough version. 

The next day, they gave fans a sneak preview by uploading the song to SoundCloud. To their surprise, “Pictures” received 26,000 hits that day. “Thatgave us an indication that we were very much on the right track,” McDermott said. 

Moving quickly, McDermott and Burman recorded a more polished “Pictures.” It was mastered by the morning of February 25; by that evening, the onlinedistributor TuneCore had serviced the song to iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital retailers. 

And that’s when the real fun began. 

By the time McDermott went to sleep, “Pictures” already was climbing the iTunes rock chart. The next morning, it was at No. 25. Three hours later,“Pictures” hit No. 1 — less than a week after it was written, much less recorded and mastered. 

All this was accomplished without the backing of a record label. “If you’ve got the tools at your disposal, then why not do the job? If you’ve gotan audience, then you can reach them," McDermott said. 

Since “Pictures” has taken off, he’s received congratulatory messages from “Voice” staffers, as well as Shelton, his coach. (Excerpt from articleby Keith Spera, NOLA.com |The Times-Picayune) 

•EARLY CAREER: 
McDermott started as a singer in the Aberdeen-based band, Driveblind, founded originally as a collaboration and two-piece singer-songwriter partnershipbetween McDermott on vocals and Nick Tyler on lead guitar. After the two recorded a number of songs released on cassette, members were added, namely Cameron Taylor (rhythm guitar), Jack Morrice (bass guitar), Dave Nicholson (keyboards) and Dave McKay (drums).After quickly establishing themselves in the local Aberdeen music scene, they traveled to New York and Los Angeles to perform shows in spring 2003. They eventually based themselves in the latter that summer, after being signed to A&M Records. President of A&M,Ron Fair, became the head of Geffen Records soon after, taking Driveblind with him to the label. 

Driveblind released a self-titled debut album 'Driveblind' on October 24, 2006, via Geffen Records. The band toured extensively throughout the USsupporting and performing with acts such as Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, Candlebox, Whitestarr, Nikka Costa, Matisyahu, The Bravery, Hot Hot Heat, The Charlatans UK and English band The Thieves. An EP, entitled The ‘Future You Were Promised’ with allnew material followed in 2008. 

After things fell through with Driveblind, McDermott left Los Angeles for New Orleans where he settled with his wife, Malyn, and son, Liam. In 2009,he formed yet another rock and alternative pop band called Lotus Crush with Candlebox members Peter Klett and Scott Mercado (who met McDermott when Driveblind supported Candlebox in 2006), MIGGS member John Luzzi, and Second Coming bassist, Johnny Bacolas.Based in Seattle, Lotus Crush released its debut album 'Half Light Morning' with Fontana on March 3, 2011, appearing at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas the following month. 

McDermott has also been part of a formation called Northsouth with Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser. He takes part in vocals, guitar and production. 

•NBC THE VOICE: 
In August of 2011, Terry was invited to audition for Season 3 of the NBC television show ‘The Voice.’ 

His performance of the hit "Baba O'Riley,” by The Who, was broadcast on September 10, 2012 opening the Blind Auditions of the third season of theshow. Three of the four judges, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, hit the "I Want You" button. Terry chose Team Blake. Terry's 'The Voice' performances: 

Blind Audition: “Baba O’Riley" by The Who. Chose Team Blake 
Battle Round: “Carry on Wayward Son" by Kansas. Saved by Blake 
Knockout Round: “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney. Saved by Blake 
Live Playoffs: “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey. Safe (Public voting began) 
Top 12: “More Than a Feeling” by Boston. Safe 
Top 10: “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams. Safe 
Top 8: “Over” by Blake Shelton. Safe 
Top 6: “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner, “Stay With Me” by Faces. Safe 
Top 4 (Semi Finals): “Let It Be" by The Beatles. Safe 
Top 3 (Finals): “Dude (Looks Like A Lady) by Aerosmith, “Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister, "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner. Runner Up 

Upon reaching the finals, Terry had seven of the top 10 (including all of the top five) songs on the iTunes Rock Chart. 

•IN POP CULTURE: 
Terry's vocals appeared in a Japanese advertisement for Coke Zero. It was used in a Japanese Soccer League theme and played during J-League matchesin Japan. 

•TIMELINE: 
1999-2008 Driveblind 
2009-2011 Lotus Crush 
2012-NBC The Voice Season 3 
2013-The Terry McDermott Band 





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