Songwriters & Producers

Terry Hunter

terry hunter
Chicago, IL
Songwriters & Producers

Terry Hunter

Terry Hunter has traveled the globe sharing his passion for soulful house music. He was born in Chicago and introduced to music at a very early age by his father, a DJ who played mostly soul and disco music at a west side tavern.

Terry recalls, “I spent entire summers in my bedroom and at local record stores just hanging around, not playing with my friends. I knew in my heart this is what I was born to do.”

While still a teen, Terry built a following by DJing at neighborhood and high school parties, and got his first big break when he was asked to spin at the Hummingbird Dance Club. He went on to play several historic Chicago night spots, including Sauer’s, The Powerhouse, The Candy Store, La Mirage, as well as renowned parties at the Bismarck Hotel and Hyde Park Racquetball Club.

In 1990, as the Chicago house music sound was exploding internationally, Terry produced his first release, “Madness”, which became an underground hit.

While continuing to DJ in Chicago and beyond, he honed serious production skills, contributing his talents to remixes for top artists, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Byron Stingily (of Chicago’s Ten City), Barbara Tucker and La India. Terry has co-written and produced tracks for R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn as well as Chicago natives, vocalist Syleena Johnson and hip hop artist Rhymefest.
His work includes numerous collaborations, such as 2011’s “Mass Destruction” project with his friend and colleague, DJ/producer Kenny Dope, with whom he remixed Kanye West’s “Addiction”.

To develop the next generation of house music talent, Terry launched his own label, T’s Box Records, in 2004. In 2006, he became the first new member of Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs in nearly 30 years.

The next year, Terry released the global dance classic, “Wonderful”, featuring Chicago songstress Terisa Griffin, and followed that with a well-received remix of Marshall Jefferson’s house music anthem, “Move Your Body” and a hit remix of Avery Sunshine’s “Ugly Part Of Me”. He was named “Producer of the Year” by 5 Magazine in 2009.

In 2011, Terry conceived and co-produced the first “Chicago House DJ Day”, bringing together for the first time 100 of the most influential DJs in Chicago house music.
Terry in 2013 released “We Are One: A Movement for Life”, a contemporary ‘message record’ that speaks to the violence impacting Chicago communities. All song proceeds are donated to local non-profit organizations working to reduce violence.

Expanding his soulful house sound to new audiences, Terry produced Jennifer Hudson’s 2014 smash, “It’s Your World”, as well as two songs—“I Will Survive” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”—for Aretha Franklin’s “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Songs” project. And on his own label, Terry’s production of “Let Nobody”, by Chantay Savage shot to #1 on both Beatport and Traxsource, while his remix of John Legend’s “All of Me” also ruled the charts, as did his remix of Ann Nesby’s “Living My Life”.
Live performances—including Miami’s Winter Music Conference, Southport Weekender, Groovefest and the Amsterdam Dance Event—media appearances, and even a cameo in the French-produced film, “Eden”, keep Terry busy around the world.
Closer to home, Terry presides over popular Sunday night party mainstay, “BANG!”, which recently expanded to its new home at Chicago’s Dolphin night club. And back in the saddle after 2014 flood waters destroyed his home studio, Terry is working on a new R. Kelly house music album, as well as his own EP, due in early 2015.