I don't care much for bios. They often make people sound more important than they are- trying to convince the reader that the artist is a “legend” and/or the latest and greatest. This is not my intention. I enjoy respect from my peers, encouraging press and record sales-but hype without substance is criminal. The following is a description of my past, my present, and my intentions for the future.

Copyright © 2006 Terra Deva

I am a Child actor turned Raver turned Jazz singer turned temporary Queen of House music turned professional songwriter. I am about to unleash an album that is not dance is not rock and is not pop or r&b. I am in between.

Terra Deva is my real name. I work as a singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and counselor. I was born in June 1976 to a Teacher and a Principal in the Bay Area, California. I am not a Gemini however you never know who is going to come out on stage or to dinner.

I trained as a dancer from age three and incorporated gymnastics, voice, and violin lessons by age eight. By eleven I began singing seriously and became a pageant queen obsessed with the arts and staying on the honor roll.

My unusual pubescent workaholic ethic landed me my first real job starring in the TV show the "Mickey Mouse Club" for two seasons. I sang, acted, danced and interviewed celebrities five days a week.

At 16 I freaked out as most child TV actors do and insisted on leaving MMC in search of something a little less Disney and hopefully find a childhood. So naturally I started going to raves and clubs around 1993. After meeting several British Djs and producers in the scene I started traveling back and forth to the UK to write and do small shows. I also did jazz shows, funk shows, TV and radio commercials and industrial films back in San Francisco.

I was immersed in Prince, Al Green, Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell, Cocteau Twins, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, Bjork, Seal, Joyce,Lenny Kravitz and Nick Drake. I was also into the Brand New Heavies and Deee Lite and all of the underground vinyl I was hearing on the dance floor. I wanted to create music as life changing as the artists that were changing me. (Outkast, 2manydjs, Missy Elliot and Timbaland, Foo Fighters, Green Velvet, LCD Soundsystem, Dwele, Ojos de Brujo, John Mayer, Mu, Peven Everett impress me now.)

My most successful singles are "At Night" with Shakedown – went to #6 in the UK and top 10 all over Europe, "Sting Me Red (Clever)" with Who Da Funk, #32 UK "How You Thrill Me" with Junior Jack and Erick Morillo - #27 UK and “Less Talk More Action” with Tim Deluxe. These songs have taken me all over the world from Sydney to Serbia allowing me to grind on top of turntables ruining needles with my heels and several pairs of fishnet stockings. I like turning bass bins into stadium size stages. And yes, Top of the Pops was fun.

I made my first solo album called Pulled Apart on Om Records. It was made in '96-'97 and released in 1998. It was inspired by DJ mix tapes and attempted to sound like Portishead recording R&B after meeting Nancy Wilson and all of them clubbing in Nottingham with Bjork and Grooverider's love child. The press liked it despite the fact that it was all weepy telling tales of getting dumped and finding the joys of self-help programs.

The singles that are considered classics to the house heads are "Soothe" and "Want Me Like Water" as Furry Phreaks with Charles Webster (Presence and Love From San Francisco) "Fresh Start" and "Inside" from Pulled Apart (Om album) also attracted global attention, were licensed for a few ads, and made joining BMI worthwhile.

I’ve worked with Shakedown, Erick Morillo, Tim Deluxe, Charles Webster (Furry Phreaks, Love From San Francisco, Presence), Who Da Funk, Pete Moss, Satoshi Tomeii, J Majik, Jimmy Van M (Vantage Point), Junior Jack, Harry Choo Choo Romero, AK 1200, Scott Hardkiss, Electric Skychurch, Marc Mitchell, Richard Schiessl, and Andy Chatterley, Young American Primitive, Dave Biegel (Bugs, Puracane, Skyjuice), Josh Michaels (DJ Iz).

Right now I’m working on my second album and writing for various artists. How does the new music sound? Well you can sing along, dance the boogie, laugh or cry if you want to- take your clothes off, sweat a little, and keep those shrink appointments damn it! I like to shake it - and you can too.

I need balance, strength, and flexibility. My passion for love and respect for life are what are important to me. I will continue to travel, do more live shows, and act in films. I will help organizations raise awareness for important causes and enjoy life's adventures while learning some new tricks. I will create unforgettable images and sound, dance, and celebrate with good people for many years to come.