First Listen! Terry Hunter feat. Jon Pierce – The Message (Original Mix) (T’s Box)
‘The Message’ jam sounds like an answer in many ways. An answer to D-Train‘s memorable ‘Music’ asking whatever we would do without our music. If not an unlikely extension to War‘s classic ‘The World Is A Ghetto’. Although closer in terms of approach to its cover version by the likes of George Benson…
True to what made his reputation, Hunter once again brings lush arrangements. He therefore crafts what we may get as a future classic feel to Jon Pierce‘s soothing vocal performance. Love definitely sounds as ‘The Message’… Surrounded by Keith Henderson (guitars), Ivory Vaughn (keys), John Jai Bass (live bass) and Julio Gonzalez on percussion.
Taken from the ‘Imagine No Music…’ EP. A collection which features collabs with countless cats. From Chantay Savage to Estelle. Not to mention Jamie Principle, Byron Stingily, Ann Nesby and more! Nuff said…
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– A native of the South Side of Chicago, Jon Pierce realized his deep love and sheer passion for music at the early age of 11. With obvious thanks to his immediate sourroundings who exposed him to talents such as Stevie Wonder, Fela Kuti and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He remembers his mom givin’ him a walkman with a Luther Vandross tape the year after, which he studied for hours. A deep soulfulness which would become the foundation of his own sound along with a drop of Jazz, House Rhythms and R&B…
A professional singer since the age of 15, Jon Pierce has been a consistent performer with both stage and vocal projects ever since. Fueled by his drive to “take a set of songs and turn them into memorable moments for the audience” (source: Afropunk), Jon is undoubtedly set to carry the Chicago flag to wider audiences.
How could we ever forget about the outstanding ‘My Words’ which he recorded back in 2003 with Kenny Carvajal? But also ‘Never’, 10 years after which he did along with Ralf GUM and Kafele Bandele. Or ‘The Message’ with Terry Hunter… Not to mention his collaborations with Steal Vybe or Sean Ali???
– A Chicago, IL, native Terry Hunter has travelled the globe sharing his passion for soulful House Music. His dad, a DJ who played mostly Soul and Disco at a West Side tavern, introduced him to music at a very early age. As a matter of fact, none of them could have imagined Terry‘s remarkable future career. Be it as a DJ, producer and remixer.
First and foremost a lover of all music, Hunter has delivered House Music remixes for countless talents. From Michael Jackson to Mary J. Blige. But also R. Kelly and Janet Jackson. Not to mention Barbara Tucker and Byron Stingily of the Ten City fame.
Terry has also collaborated with close friend Kenny Dope of Masters At Work on numerous projects. Eventually remixing Kanye West‘s ‘Addicted’ back in 2005. And also producing Mass Destruction‘s ‘Get’em High’ featuring Mr. V. 4 years later. Last but not least, the man has also co-written and produced cuts for R&B/artist Raheem DeVaughn and Syleena Johnson.
He launched his own label, T’s Box Records, back in 2004 with the aim to develop and produce the next generations of House Music superstars. In 2007, He released the soulful House instant classic ‘Wonderful’ featuring Terisa Griffin. Then 5 years later, the twosome went for an encore with ‘Yes’. He eventually came to collaborate with Chicagoan vet singer Chantay Savage. With this resulting in gems such as ‘Summer’ and ‘Holidays’. And he also shared the bill with Jo(h)n Pierce on ‘The Message’. Then he reworked ‘Waking Up With You’ by the likes of British R&B singer Daniel de Bourg. This before resurrecting the first take of R. Kelly‘s ‘It’s Your World’.
Always in high demand for his unique production and remix skills, Terry continues to regularly churn out hits in the studio. How to not give a mention to his brilliant rework of Gianluca Pighi, Massimo Paramour and Ahmad Larnes ‘Ever Stop’ on Makin Moves? Then, more recently to ‘Love Alibi’ which he reassembled for Divine Brown???
In 2006, Terry was selected as the first new member in nearly 30 years of Chicago’s legendary DJ crew the Chosen Few DJs. A group which consists of Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett and Mike Dunn. Altogether, they host the annual ‘Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic’ every July on the South side of Chicago. It is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated House Music festival events in the world.
Always innovating, Terry also conceived and co-produced the first “Chicago House DJ Day” on Jan. 09, 2011. It was a history-making celebration. The event brought together and honored the 100 Most Influential DJ’s in Chicago House Music from 1975-1995.
That same year in December, Terry launched his wildly popular weekly residency, Bang Sunday, at the Shrine nightclub in Chicago. Bang filled a void in Chicago’s house music landscape, as a weekly House Music party emphasizing new soulful House Music.
Every Sunday at Bang, he presides over a packed house of soulful House Music devotees. There, he shares the stage with local and international guest DJs and performers. Among them, Louie Vega, Black Coffee, Joe Claussell, the Chosen Few DJs, Bucie and Josh Milan…