After a six year, self-imposed hiatus from the music industry, Newfoundland singer/songwriter, Terry Penney, prepares his return with “The People I Am,” an album that many insiders feel will serve as a high-water mark in his twenty-two year history of making records.
“There have been some difficult times as of late that have brought many changes, both personally and professionally. I walked away from music in 2015 and never thought I’d make another record, but here we are again, back with another set of songs, some of them, the most personal and soul-baring pieces I’ve ever put to paper,” Penney says.
The album, which is a sonic departure from his last few offerings, was released July 15, 2022 and demonstrates that this stellar storyteller is getting back to what he does best. He paints vivid, cinematic pictures of the people and places he has encountered through the years with the ever empathetic approach that one would come to expect from this multi-award winning, well-travelled songsmith.
From his many trips throughout Canada, to Austin, Texas, Belfast, Ireland, and London, England, Penney has told his tales of haunted war-weary veterans, long gone jukebox heroes, seafaring sailors and pretty, time-frozen towns.
A gifted communicator and commanding, stage savvy performer, Penney, whose musical style has been likened to John Prine, Steve Earle and Guy Clarke, provides riveting preambles and interesting insights during his live shows that have consistently captivated audiences for decades.
“I didn’t realize how much I missed all of this until I went back into the studio and started creating again,” says Penney. “It’s good to be back.”
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