Terry Cox (a/k/a Terah Cox) as been writing songs professionally since her first publishing deal with Columbia Pictures Music as a 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., the Netherlands, Canada, Israel, Italy, Greece, Japan and more, she has amassed over 150 recorded songs for CDs, film and television, with Top 10 hits in pop, dance, R&B and a #1 gospel hit. Writing in diverse cultural settings has given her the opportunity to work with a wide variety of artists, producers and musical styles. As discussed in her book, You Can Write Song Lyrics, and in her song 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 (see www.TerahCox.com). In 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 has 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."
Different Ships, Same Boat is a book collection of 75 lyrics and commentaries organized into three chapters: Hurt, Hope and Healing. Reflecting Terah's work as an author, poet and lyric writer, the collection calls out the personal and societal hurts that have long been shredding our individual and collective souls—while also inviting us, each in our own way, to help cultivate more humaneness in our communal humanity. How do we come to see our diversities as our strengths and to appreciate that each person is a seed of our communal becoming? How do we speak truth to power if truth loses its power? How do we move from economic and tribal self-interest into collective thriving? How do we turn past and present hurt into hope and healing? Is there one unitive thing we could bring to everything and everyone that would make it all better—whatever our cultural, religious or political affiliations?
Inspired by the events of our time and the works of visionaries such as Valarie Kaur, Parker J. Palmer, Van Jones, Amanda Gorman, Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many others, these and more are the questions that Different Ships explores and seeks to answer.
NEW RELEASE! FEBRUARY 2024
"With Different Ships, Same Boat, Terah Cox has accomplished something rare. Her stories, in lyric form, about the human condition in all its variety, are stark, tender, sometimes heartbreaking. Remarkably, with each story she includes an insightful and affecting commentary revealing the ideas and inspirations that fuel her art—a fascinating peek behind the curtain of her creativity.
Rarer still, she has gifted us a voice of sanity and even a possible path out of our national wilderness. I believe she has hit on something important." ~ Thomas Wagner, Emmy Award winning writer and composer