Terry has been writing songs professionally since her first publishing deal with Columbia Pictures Music as a staff lyric writer, and shortly thereafter had her first recorded song in the Steve Martin film, "Roxanne." In subsequent years, she has been signed to BMG Music in Nashville and Sweden, Warner Chappell in Europe, and other publishers throughout Europe and Asia. Working with artists, composers and producers in the U.S., Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the U.K., Holland, Canada, Israel, Italy, Greece, Japan and more, she amassed over 150 recorded songs for CDs, film and television, with Top 10 hits in pop, dance, R&B and gospel. Writing in diverse cultural settings taught her the importance of the sounds of words and how to discern the "vowel sounds" in melodies that help to write lyrics that are more singable. As discussed in her book, You Can Write Song Lyrics, and in her songwriter mentoring and workshops, "no matter where, how or with whom you're writing, or whether the music or lyrics come first, it's always about marrying words and melodies in such a way that they seem to have been born together."
Terry's first book, You Can Write Song Lyrics, published by Writers Digest Books in 2001, sold out two editions and has been kept alive through used book sales on Amazon.com as she expanded into other subjects. Self-taught as a lyricist, and often giving crash courses in lyric writing to artists and musicians, she felt there was a need for a condensed inspirational how-to that simplified an understanding of song structure and shared the writing experiences of many top songwriters on inspiration, writing, collaboration and the music business. Her approach to mentoring other songwriters, whether beginners or seasoned, is always about the power of love and inner attunement to bring a song into being. As she experienced again and again, "You have to check your fears about writing and concerns about career at the 'writing door.' Focus on what you're writing rather than the one doing the writing, give it your heart-full listening and the space to emerge -- and the song will often write itself."
Note to music biz people: This Terry Cox, an American songwriter, is often confused with the British songwriter Terry Cox, who is also a musician and a former drummer with Elton John. You will find if you search the works of either or both online or with the performing societies that there are some mistaken attributions here and there.