Terra Naomi

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Terra Naomi
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Background information
Born (1974-06-23) June 23, 1974 (age 45)
Genres Folk, Indie folk, Rock, Alternative Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Piano
Labels Island Records, Universal Music Publishing
Website www.terranaomi.com

Terra Naomi is an indie folk singer-songwriter, who rose to fame through a performance of her song "Say It's Possible" on the video sharing site YouTube. [1] Originally from New York State, but currently based in Los Angeles, she writes and performs her own songs, and plays the guitar and piano.

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Biography

Naomi was born in Saratoga Springs, New York and raised on a farm for the first couple of years of her life. The family then moved to Cleveland, Ohio where they lived for six years before finally settling in upstate New York, from where her father, a plastic surgeon, originated. Her mother is a social worker. Naomi has one older brother and one younger brother.

Classical beginnings

Naomi studied classical piano and voice, attending Interlochen Performing Arts Camp in Michigan and Belvoir Terrace Summer Camp in Lenox, Massachusetts. Teachers convinced her to pursue a degree in opera from The University of Michigan. [2] During this time, Naomi also participated in the Aspen Opera Theater Program.

Change in direction

Naomi moved to New York City after college and began writing songs. During this time, she also started playing guitar. She played at various clubs in Manhattan, including The Bitter End, The Sidewalk Cafe and The Living Room. Following a tour of the US in 2003, which started in New York and ended at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, she moved to Los Angeles to work with the producer Paul Fox (XTC, 10,000 Maniacs, Sixpence None the Richer, Edwin McCain, Phish, The Sugarcubes). [2]

Naomi has come to prominence in the international YouTube community where she broadcast her own "virtual" summer tour during 2006. The program included live performances from her apartment in Hollywood and question-answer sessions entitled "Ask a Wanna-be Rockstar". Her song, "Say It's Possible", filmed in Terra's Hollywood apartment, recorded on a Sony Handycam, appeared on YouTube in June 2006, causing an instant explosion of interest. [1] "Say It's Possible" has inspired adoring fans to post hundreds of personal "YouTube covers" in a wide range of styles. [3] This includes versions from countries in South America, North America and Europe. Fans have also translated and performed the song into Spanish, Italian and Mandarin Chinese and one used a sock puppet. In March 2007, she received one of the inaugural YouTube Video Awards in the music video category for "Say It's Possible", earning her appearances on NBC's The Today Show and CBS' The Early Show , as well as coverage on several international news programs. [4]

Naomi has also been featured in articles for CNBC, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times , The LA Weekly, The Washington Post , Salon.com, [5] and The Sunday Times (UK). [6]

In fall 2006, Naomi was signed to a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. This was followed in January 2007 by the announcement that she had been also signed to the major record label, Island Records. [7]

After releasing Under the Influence, Naomi left Island Records. She released her new album, To Know I'm Ok, independently in June 2011. It was funded through fans via Pledgemusic, an "international Direct-to-Fan platform for raising funds". [8]

Tours and notable performances

Terra Naomi performing at the Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco. Terra Naomi.jpg
Terra Naomi performing at the Hotel Utah Saloon in San Francisco.

Naomi headlined national tours in the United States in 2003, 2004, and 2005, which included dates at the Chicago House of Blues, NYC's Irving Plaza, The Trocadero in Philadelphia, The Abbey in Chicago, The Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas and The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and has also performed shows in Canada and the United Kingdom. [9] Shows in the United Kingdom included an appearance at the In The City festival in Manchester . She has also opened for Tyler Hilton, [10] Michael Bolton, [11] Jay Brannan, [12] The Fray, [13] Martha Wainwright [13] and Natasha Bedingfield. [14]

In 2007, after being invited by Al Gore, Naomi performed "Say It's Possible" at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium in London. [13] Later that year, YouTube Russia was launched and Naomi was invited to perform and help launch it. [15]

In November 2009, Naomi began a two-week tour of India playing shows in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi culminating with a headlining performance at the Mercy Corps Say It's Possible Climate Change Concert in Srinagar, Kashmir. This tour was sponsored by American Center, Levi Strauss & Co. India, Fabindia and Mercy Corps. Naomi's Indian tour was followed by two weeks in Italy playing shows in Fabriano, Perugia, Rome, Imola, Bologna, Rimini, Monte Castello Di Vibio and Montesilvano. [16] During her stay in Italy she also recorded a duet with Italian singer Elisa.

In early July 2010, Naomi performed at Lilith Fair's San Francisco show after winning a competition sponsored by OurStage.com. [17] In August, she toured Italy again, playing in Rimini, Milano, Padova, Montepulciano and Castiglione del Lago.

In June 2011, Naomi performed the inaugural show for the Haus of Hipstamatic Unplugged Summer Sessions in San Francisco. [18] The event was the first in a series of unplugged sessions featuring other singer-songwriters such as Michelle Branch and was hosted by Hipstamatic at their office space in SoMa. The music video for "You For Me" also debuted at the event, which is archived on Ustream. A video for "I'll Be Waiting" was also shot.

In January, February and March 2012, she toured Europe, doing more than 30 concerts. The European countries she toured include UK, Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland.

Record label

Naomi published an essay in 2015 called "How Signing A Major Record Deal Nearly Destroyed My Music Career" [19] in Digital Music News. The article told the detailed story of Naomi's experience at Universal Island Records.

2018

Indiegogo

In 2016, Naomi announced an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for her first album since 2012. [20] The campaign exceeded its goal of $35,000, ultimately raising $51,000 from 600 people.

Album release

"Machine Age" single

Naomi released "Machine Age," the first single from the album, via Bandcamp on January 19, 2018. It was described as both a "protest song" by INTO magazine [21] and a "peaceful plea" by Broadway World. [22] Billboard called the song "A poignant reflection on Trump's first year in office", [23] Jubilant wrote "'Machine Age,' by singer-songwriter Terra Naomi may be the first truly great song to come at the expense of the world's collective sanity", [24] Women In Rock wrote "Terra Naomi is the voice that all women need right now". [25]

"Nothing To Hide" single

Naomi released "Nothing To Hide" the first single from the album, via Bandcamp on March 9, 2018. [26] The song premiered on Popdust. [27]

Discography

Albums

Extended Plays

Singles

YearSinglePeak positionsNotesAlbum
UK Airplay UK Sales
2007"Say It's Possible"-- Under the Influence
"Not Sorry" [33] 53184
  • Released: September 10, 2007
  • #1 on MTV Flux
"Up Here"--
  • Released: November 19, 2007

Other appearances

These songs have been released on albums that were not a studio album released by Naomi.

YearSongAlbum
2005"Ghosts of Happy Endings"Interlude Magazine: Compilation 1.0
2006"Flesh for Bones"Coffee House Music 2006 Female Artists
"Clean" Sherrybaby OST
2007"The Moment" Because I Said So OST
"Flesh for Bones" [34] The Word: Now Hear This! (July 2007)
2010"Billie Jean" [35] MJ Acoustic Covers - Tribute to Michael
2011"Nobody Knows You Anymore" Super OST

Songs in other media

YearTitleTypeSong
2006 American Idol TV series episode: "Chicago Auditions""Up Here" [36] [37]
Junior Year AbroadWeb series"Flesh for Bones" [38]
"Go Quietly" [38]
"Say It's Possible" [38] [39]
SherrybabyFilm"Clean"
Because I Said SoFilm"The Moment"
2007Diamonds in the RoughFilm documentary"Babuzze Lwaki?" (with Bataka Squad) [40] [41]
"Diamonds in the Rough"(with Saba Saba & Okai) [42]
Private Practice TV series episode: "In Which Sam Gets Taken for a Ride""Say It's Possible" [43]
2009 PG Porn Web series episode: "Squeal Happy Whores""Song for a Squeal Happy Whore" [44]
2011 Life in a Day Film promos"Close To Your Head" [45]
Super Film"Nobody Knows You Anymore" [46]
2012Coldwater Creek Mother's DayCommercial"You For Me"
2018So You Think You Can DanceTV series episode"Less Talk More Art"

Awards and nominations

YearAwardNominated WorkCategoryResult
2007 YouTube Awards "Say It's Possible"Music Video of the YearWon [47]
2010 Lilith Local Talent Search Terra NaomiSan FranciscoWon [48]
2011 Billboard Song Contest "I'll Be Waiting"Best Pop SongWon [49]

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