days, many artists are trying hard to get into the music market; and some
are even succeeding. For Terry Smith, "getting in" has an
entirely different meaning – getting in with pop music or Christian
music is his concern. In what
many consider to be the "golden age" of tasteful music, the late
1970s, Terry Smith was influenced by the music of stars like Earth Wind
& Fire, Cameo, The Supremes, The Temptations, Steve Wonder, O Jays,
Ohio Players, New Birth and many more. To this day, the thirst for good
tasteful music remains in his heart.
So how did this thirst for Christian music happen? How did a person who
had pop music on his mine, wind up writing and producing Christian music
and living a quiet family life in Killeen, Texas?
Terry says there was a point in his life when he made his career a god. I
worshiped my career," he says. "My career was number one in my
life. My family was second. I was a nice person, but my priorities were
not right. I was so bent on becoming a successful artist.
" But God " - found Terry, at Desert Storm in the mid 1990
through a friend. "A very good friend, one who he had been in a band
with, just a few years ago, his name was Jessie. Among all the people
Terry expected to see in the desert, Jessie was not one of them. Jessie
walked up to him, and when Terry noticed who it was, he stud straight up
and just hugged him hard, because they had not seen each other in a few
years. Then Jessie said to
Terry, I am having a Bible study, you want to come, Terry said,
”sure”. Jessie said,” being saved is the best thing that ever happen
to me, I am going to Heaven”. Terry, are you saved?’ Terry said, “I
don’t know”, Jessie, replied, “you know Jesus love you”.
" Although Terry had gone to church as a young child, He hadn't made
a personal commitment to Christ. "During the Desert Storm campaigned,
his step Mother sent me a Bible and he could not understand it,” For the
first time in his young adult life, he took the time to study Gods word,
Terry said in the beginning the words in the Bible meant nothing to him,
he could not understand, what he was reading. He knew he had to get his
priorities in the right order - God first, family second and career third
but he just didn’t know how. A few days later as he decided to give it
another try, but this time he asked the Lord for understanding and as he
begin reading the bible he started getting more frustrated than before,
because he still was not understanding this book, so he put it down again. As situations continued and units began moving around to
different areas in the desert, and he had no way to contact his friend
Jessie to talk, as he was getting more afraid, so he asked God if he could
talk to him, for a little while. Terry
said as he begin talking, he started getting really sleepy, and the next
thing he remembered, he was getting up the next day to get ready for work.
incident stayed on his mine, because he remembered he had went to sleep on
" After the Desert Storm experience, Terry’s desires changed
slowly, some of his old ways started returning. By mid 1994 Terry was
leaving the military, and returning to a lifestyle he though he knew,
Terry started remembering things in detail, things like, and the night he
went to sleep on God. He
remembered he had made God a vowel, and some of the things Terry had
talked to God about was coming to pass, as a matter of fact, everything
had come to pass at this point, (IJUS
RECORDING STUDIO) was here. Now it was his turn to make good the promise
he made to God. He had a real
life message that he wanted others to know. If it meant losing his
non-Christian listeners, then so be it. Deep down, he knew that he would
become the great tool for God, he just did not know when, but he did know
in to become that great tool, he had to kept Christ first.
Soon after getting a
job in a local piano store, Terry's God-given musical abilities began to
manifest themselves in songs that reflected his desire to worship and
express his faith. Within a few years, he had, released Stand In Awe O
God in 1998, Such A Time As This in 1999 and then a single
called The Seed Of Life in 2000.
He spent the next few months as a studio and music-composing consultant at
his home in Killeen, Texas.
Terry is now working to
finish the full CD titled “The Seed Of Life”, On the Ijus
Records label. Terry has also turned
another page; he has added The Ijus Music Publishing Company, 4Towers
Distribution and Ijus Entertainment Group, to the list
and is already working on a News Letter, more
updates to follow.