When Terry Ronald was a teenager his greatest passions were reading, writing and pop music. With his inherent talent for storytelling and love of writing comic scripts and sketches, everyone, including Terry himself, assumed he’d end up being a writer of some sort. Fate was to lead him in a different direction entirely, however…until now.
After stints in a couple of unsuccessful pop bands, Terry’s soulful, and somewhat androgynous, voice secured this South London boy a recording contract with MCA records in 1991. The label promptly set him up in a glamorous apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and he began recording his self-penned album with some sizeable orchestras and a few legendary musicians (Roy Ayres, The Brecker Brothers, Bernard Purdy & Cornell Dupree). His first single "Calm the Rage" was a top ten hit around Europe, spending three months in the Spanish top ten, and the album "Roma" was unanimously applauded by the critics. Terry’s music, sharp wit, and personality had undoubtedly won over the Europeans: he proved enormously popular on TV chat programs and radio shows, and landed guest slots on the Hall and Oats and Robert Palmer tours. A subsequent single "What the Child Needs" was a huge club hit in Britain, America and has gone down in UK music history as a true 'soulboy' classic.
During the next few years, Terry decided to further the skills he’d learnt in the studio by turning his hand to vocal production. As a vocal producer and arranger, (and frequently also a backing singer) he worked with Kylie Minogue on her first album for Deconstruction records: the first vocal producer to work with Kylie after the Stock, Aitkin, Waterman team. Terry produced her vocals on the seminal 'Confide in Me', amongst others, and also helped Kylie to prepare, vocally, for her first live ‘Radio 1’ sessions and her ‘T- in the Park’ performance. During this period he worked with St Etienne, Lulu, Boyzone and other noted performers. His knack of making artists feel at ease in the studio, and then extracting outstanding performances, meant that Terry was in high demand from both record companies and the artists themselves. His work paired him with production teams across the country, including: Xenomania and Brothers in Rhythm. Terry’s production and vocal handiwork can be heard on many of Dannii Minogue’s hits too, including 'All I Wanna Do' 'Who Do You Love Now?' and 'I Begin To Wonder'
In 2000 Terry decided to return to what he did best: songwriting. This proved fruitful with a couple of top five tunes almost immediately ('Automatic High' for S club 8 and 'Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling' for Dannii Minogue). Terry also found himself traveling regularly again; to Los Angeles to produce an album for Sheena Easton (and also performing a duet with her on one of the tracks), to New York to write with Roger Sanchez; and to Sydney to co-produce Dannii’s spectacular Mardi Gras show. Terry worked frequently at the Murlyn production house in Sweden and has also penned hit singles for Geri Halliwell, Shaznay Lewis & Kim Wilde, plus six songs on Dannii’s Gold selling "Neon Nights" album: most of which were written and produced with his long time musical partner Ian Masterson, with whom he formed the production team Thriller Jill in 2003.
As part of Thriller Jill, Terry wrote and produced tracks for Sophie Ellis Bextor, Girls Aloud, Dirty Vegas, Atomic Kitten, Bananarama, plus several cuts on French superstar Lorie's Gold selling album 'Je Vais Vite'. Also having great success with several dance-floor fillers released on the Ministry of sound/ Hed Kandi labels
Terry is still always in high demand as a live vocal arranger and performance coach: working with The Wanted, Westlife, The Saturdays and, most notably, with Girls Aloud: working as live vocal arranger and coordinator on their 2009 ‘Out of Control’ tour and DVD, their award winning BRITS performance, Christmas TV special, and Wembley stadium concert appearance alongside Jay-Z and Coldplay.
Moving further into television and theatre, Terry worked alongside Dannii Minogue on The X Factor as a co –mentor for Dannii’s team, both on and off screen, appearing as a guest judge in 2007. He has also written and produced musical numbers and original songs for stars such as Elaine Paige and Myra Syal for the BBC TV comedy show ‘Beautiful People’, and, alongside Ian Masterson and Steve Anderson, produced Kylie And Danniii Minouge’s first ever recorded duet- with the BBC orchestra- for the same show.
Terry was the vocal arranger and part of the creative team on the West end production of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent (Remixed)” at the Duke of York’s theatre in 2007. The production's stars included Denise Van Outen, Jessie Wallace and Siobhan Donaghy, and Terry worked alongside William Baker and Steve Anderson, the creative forces behind Kylie’s live shows.
Collaborating with the same creative team, Terry is currently vocal arranger and executive producer on “The Hurly Burly show’’, a chic, colourful and cheeky musical burlesque review with a modern twist. The Hurly Burly Show had a critically acclaimed run in the west end in 2010, and at The Garrick Theatre in March 2011.
In 2004, after a serious illness, Terry felt it was vital he finally set aside some time to sit down and realize his dream of writing a novel. After joining a local writing group for a couple of years to hone his skills, he finally completed his first novel “Becoming Nancy” in the summer of 2009, with Transworld/ Random House publishers snapping it up for publication in April 2011.
“I’ve not been this excited about something since I recorded my album, 20 years ago,” Terry says. And while waiting for his novel’s release, he collaborated with his long- time friend, Dannii Minogue, on her best-selling autobiography. He is also about to start forging ahead with ideas for a second novel.
His burning ambition after that is to finally combine his three greatest passions: music, writing and the theatre, and perhaps write a musical.