Scottish rocker Terry McDermott is truly humbled by the support he has received since placing second on Season 3 of ‘The Voice.’ He is the show’s first contestant to release a No. 1 single on iTunes since the finale. Even more amazing is that “Pictures,” the first track from his highly anticipated debut CD EP, “Palmetto Heights,” was written and released in less than one week. It was then catapulted to the number one position by his ever loyal fan base, nicknamed the ‘McHobbits,’ in less than 24 hours. “I would like to thank my fans since they have surprised me. I am thrilled that my fan-base has stayed with me in enormous numbers. They have been fantastic to me.”
A singer, songwriter and writer from Aberdeen, Scotland, Terry now resides in New Orleans, LA. Formerly of Geffen recording artists Driveblind and Lotus Crush, McDermott currently performs with his band, Terry McDermott and The Bonfires. The line up, entirely New Orleans based, include Americans David Rosser on guitar (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers, Gutter Twins, Northsouth), Eric Bolivar on drums (Anders Osbourne, Eric Burden and The Animals) and British bass player Alex Smith (World Leader Pretend, Rotary Down). “It’s a killer four piece. My goal is to take the band and go out and impress people, and much like ‘The Voice,’ the only way to do that is to get in front of them and perform.”
Terry recently signed with Fat Hippy Records, an indie label out of Aberdeen. “So I called up Fat Hippy and said, ‘Look, there’s going to be a reason for me to be back in the U.K. to do some shows…and if we can release with you guys and make it something where I could come home.’ So, I thought this would be a great way to bring a spotlight to a label that works very hard and doesn’t receive a lot of recognition. And it’s allowing me to retain my title as an independent artist and help an organization I care about so I saw this opportunity and I’m very proud to go home and do it.” Amazingly, it has been 10 years since Driveblind’s “I Know You” EP was released on Fat Hippy. Since then, McDermott has never forgotten his roots in Aberdeen. At a time when his career is soaring sky high, choosing to come back to Fat Hippy Records to release “Palmetto Heights” shows how much he really cares about his hometown.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Children’s Cancer Fund was thrilled and moved by the performance by Terry McDermott and Dave Rosser. They took the stage with nearly 100 childhood cancer patients and survivors at the end of our annual fashion show fundraiser. The entire room, over 1,000 guests, gave a standing ovation throughout the entire song. It was magical.” Camille Cain | CCF Director of Development
“Shaggy Scottish rocker Terry McDermott made his mark on Season 3 of “The Voice” belting out hairy Camaro classics from the Great American ’70s/’80s Rock 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
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. “That gave us an indication that we were very much on the right track.”
Moving quickly, McDermott and Burman recorded a more polished “Pictures.” It was mastered by the morning of February 25; by that evening, the online distributor 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.
At the time, all of 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 got an audience, then you can reach them.” Since “Pictures” has taken off, he’s received congratulatory messages from “Voice” staffers, as well as Shelton, his coach. (Excerpt from article by Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
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 the show. Three of the four judges, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, hit the “I Want You” button. Terry chose Team Blake. Upon reaching the finals, Terry had seven of the top 10 (including all of the top five) songs on the iTunes Rock Chart.
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
Terry started as a singer in the Aberdeen-based band, Driveblind, founded originally as a collaboration and two-piece singer-songwriter partnership between 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 US supporting 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 all new 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 David Rosser. He takes part in vocals, guitar and production.
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 matches in Japan.
2009-2011 Lotus Crush
2012-NBC The Voice Season 3
2013-Terry McDermott and The Bonfires