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TERRENCE PARKER BIOGRAPHY
Detroit has been credited as one of the Soul Music capitals of the world, spawning legendary artists like The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross just to name a few. In the mid 1980s, Detroit’s Underground Music Movement has brought rise to artists such as Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Eddie “Flashin” Fowlkes, UR, Jeff Mills, and a host of others. But unlike the aforesaid names, Terrence Parker has established himself as a producer, remixer and DJ of the classic sound of Detroit House Music, and is known as a pioneer of the Inspirational / Gospel House movement!
As a DJ, Terrence Parker (known to many as “TP”) has become legendary for his quite uncommon yet skillful turntablism style of playing House Music. TP has also become widely admired because he uses an actual telephone handset as headphones; causing some to give him the nick name, “Telephone Man”. Others call him the “Telephone Man” because he has answered the CALL to bring us music to feed our souls!
TP has performed as a DJ in hundreds of cities throughout the world. These events range from night clubs (large and small) to music festivals with more that 100,000 people. Since 1988, TP has released more than 100 recordings on various labels, and has had top 20 hits with his songs “Love’s Got Me High”, “The Question” and albums like “Detroit After Dark” in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, and France.
Terrence’s high quality of music productions, remixes, and DJ skill has been recognized by organizations such as the Detroit Historical Museum’s History of Techno International Exhibit, and Indiana State University’s Department Of African American Music And Culture. TP’s collective musical works and pioneering efforts have been recognized as a valuable
contribution to Detroit’s music history, as well as the International History Dance Music.
TP’s incredible DJing talents has been heard for more than 20 years on various stations like Channel 955 FM’s “The Pulse” (Detroit’s No # 1 Pop/Urban FM Radio Station), FM 98 WJLB’s “Club Insomnia” Mix Show, and Detroit FM powerhouse 107.5 FM WGPR. Furthermore, TP produces several DJ mix shows and podcasts (including The Inspirational House Mix Show), which can be heard on FM, Internet, and Satellite/Digital Radio stations in various parts of Europe and Asia.
Terrence is also a well respected remixer. His remix projects include such popular artists as Kelly Rowland, Vickie Winans, Lyfe Jennings, Michelle Williams, Trinitee 5:7, Omarion feat. Bow Wow, Aaron Carl, Tiffany Evans feat Ciara, Wyclef feat Akon, Beyonce & Shakira, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Shaun Escoffery, Ce Ce Winans, Dr. Charles Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Church Of Prayer Choir, Amerie, Chris Brown, Anointed Pace Sisters, Upper Street, and many more.
Terrence has also been busy working on his own projects with artists like Coco Street which are featured on TP’s digital music label called Parker Music Works! In addition to TP’s first label venture known as Intangible Records, TP’s music has also been released on labels such as Studio K7 (Germany), Network/Six6 (UK), KMS (USA), Simply Soul (USA), Deconstruction (UK), Superb Ent. (Japan), as well as major labels Universal, EMI, Virgin, and Sony/BMG.
SPECIAL BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS
Terrence Parker work has also been deemed as a valuable contribution to the global history of dance music. His work has been documented in several books & publications. Here are just a few:
The Guinness Who’s Who of Rap, Dance & Techno – Guiness Publications 1994 – UK
Techno Rebels: The Renegades Of Electronic Funk – Billboard Books 1999 – USA
The Rough Guide To House Music – Penguin Books 1999 – UK
Rave Culture, An Insider’s View – Smallfry Press 1999 – CANADA
The Rough Guide To Techno Music – Penguin Books 2000 – UK
All Music’s Difinitive Guide To Electronica – Backbeat Books 2001 – USA
TP HAS PLAYED IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Detroit, Ann Arbor, Pontiac, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Cincinatti, Toledo, Chicago, Buffalo, NYC, Albany, Rochester (NY), Madison, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Nashville, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Memphis, Des Moines, Lexington, Seattle, Portland, St. Louis, San Francisco, Birmingham (AL), Baton Rouge, Kansas City (MO), Dallas, Austin (TX), Los Angeles, Bowling Green (KY), Bushnell (IL), Las Vegas (NV), Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sioux Falls (SD), Akron (OH)
Windsor, Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria (Island), Halifax, Saint John
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Stoke-On-Trent, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Leeds
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen
Frankfurt, Muenster, Bielefeld, Koln, Munich, Hamburg, Radolfzel, Duesseldorf, Dortmund, Darmstadt, Hannover, Konstanz, Stuttgart, Berlin, Essen, Kassel, Leipzig, Chemnitz, Dresden, Duisburg, Wueizburg, Greifsweld, Herford, Augsburg, Saarbruecken, Bremen, Jueterbog, Sylt Island, Wittstock, Freidrichshafen, Lübben
Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva
Palma de Mallorca
Paris, Dijon, Lyon, Reims
Chiba City, Okinawa, Tokyo, Kyoto, Enoshima Beach, Nagoya, Osaka, Hamamatsu
Moscow, St Petersburg, Rostov
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem
TP HAS BEEN FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING MAGAZINES
Muzik – U.K.
DJ – U.K.
Mixmag – U.K.
Update(Mixmag) – U.K.
Magic Feet – U.K.
NME – U.K.
Blues & Soul – U.K.
Music Week – U.K.
Raveline – Germany
Groove – Germany
Front Page – Germany
Spex – Germany
Ten Dance – Germany
Disko 2000 – Germany
Partysan – Germany
Coda – France
Trax – France
Urb – USA
XLR8R – USA
Mixer – USA
Massive – USA
MetroTimes – USA
Real Detroit Weekly – USA
Detroit News – USA
Detroit Free Press – USA
TP’s MAJOR DJING EVENTS INCLUDE
Tribal Gathering 1997 – Luton, Beds ~ England
Love Parade 1997 – Berlin ~ Germany
Billboard Dance Music Conference 1998 – Chicago – USA
Winter Music Conference 1999 – Miami – USA
Winter Music Conference 2000 – Miami – USA
Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2001 ~ 2003 – Detroit – USA
Detroit Movement Festival (DEMF) 2004 – Detroit – USA
Turntable Ministry Tour 2004 – Chiba City/Okinawa/Tokyo – Japan
FUSE IN Detroit Festival 2005 – Detroit – USA
Cornerstone Music Festival 2005 – Bushnell – USA
Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2008 – Detroit – USA
Detroit International Auto Show 2009 – Detroit – USA
Movement Festival 2011 – Detroit – USA
Le Fête de la Musique Festival 2011 – Paris – FRANCE
TP HAS APPEARED ON THE FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION NETWORKS/PROGRAMS
AMP’s DEMF Special 2001 – MTV2 – USA
ELECTRIC CIRCUS Dance Show ~ Much Music / CityTV – Canada
TP interview / DJing @ Volcano Room ~ Much Music / CityTV – Canada
Detroit Dance Special ~ Much Music / CityTV – Canada
Dance Zone’s Detroit Special ~ MTV Europe – U.K.
TP interview / DJing @ Velvet Lounge ~ MTV Europe – U.K.
Berlin House Show / DJing in studio ~ VIVA Television – Germany
Love Parade Special / DJing @ Love Parade `97 – VIVA Television ~ Germany
TP’s RADIO DJ MIX SHOWS
2007 – 2011 DJ mixes for Channel 955 FM/The Pulse – Detroit, Michigan USA
2008 – 2009 DJ mixes for 94.5 The VIBE FM – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
2002 – 2007 DJ mixes for WJLB-FM 98/Club Insomnia – Detroit, Michigan USA
2006 – Inspirational House Mix Show (worldwide syndication) Detroit, Michigan USA
2006 – Inspirational House Mix Show WDRJ AM 1440 Detroit, Michigan. USA
2005 – 2006 Music Director for ERadioBiz.com Dance Channel Washington DC, USA
2005 – DJ mixes for DFR-Radio CZECH REPUBLIC
2000 – DJ mixes for MOCRadio.com Atlanta, Georgia.
2003 – DJ mixes for The Move/XM Satellite Radio Washington, D.C.
2003 – 2005 DJ mixes for Mixing4U Show RadioDJGospel.com Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
2005 – DJ mixes for Power 101.7FM WEVI Fredriksted, VIRGIN ISLANDS
2005 – DJ mixes for Silver Rain Radio 100.1FM Nizhny Novgorod, RUSSIA
2005 – DJ mixes for STREET FM 87.6 Victoria, AUSTRALIA
2005 – DJ mixes for Sweet Loops 93.1FM Sarajevo, BOSNIA
2005 – DJ mixes for Radio Azzurra 106 FM Ravanusa, ITALY
2005 – DJ mixes for TOP FM Belgrade, SERBIA
2005 – DJ mixes for RADIO KISS FM, BRAZIL
2005 – DJ mixes for Radio 1FM GREECE
2005 – DJ mixes for CMCM 93.3FM Hamilton, CANADA
2004 – 2005 DJ mixes for UDMShow SWITZERLAND
2004 – 2005 DJ mixes for Musical Inspirations Show/DJ Ministries Network London, UK
2003 – 2005 DJ mixes for DINAMO 103.8 FM Istanbul, TURKEY
2002 – 2005 DJ mixes for Musical Inspirations Show WDTR 90.9FM Detroit, Michigan.
2002 – 2004 DJ mixes for Inspirational House Mix Show WDTR 90.9FM Detroit, Michigan.
2003 – 2004 DJ mixes for Samurai.FM Tokyo, JAPAN
2003 – 2004 DJ mixes for 100.7FM “The Bridge” (Christian Radio) San Francisco, California
2003 – DJ mixes for Power 106 KPWR-FM Los Angeles, California.
2003 – DJ mixes for EprayzeRadio.com Huntington, Virginia.
1998 – 2001 DJ mixes for Radio Nova 93.5FM Paris, FRANCE
1997 – 2001 DJ mixes for FG Radio 101FM Paris, FRANCE
1995 – 1998 DJ mixes for Transmission Show CIMX 88.7 FM (89X) Windsor, CANADA
1988 – 1992 DJ mixes for Billy T Show WGPR 107.5 FM Detroit, Michigan.
1985 – 1988 DJ mixes for Electrifying Mojo Show WHYT 96.3 FM Detroit, Michigan.
1983 – 1986 DJ mixes for WSHJ 88.3 FM Southfield, Michigan.
1984 – 1986 MUSIC DIRECTOR/Mix Show Coordinator WSHJ 88.3 FM Southfield, Michigan.