An singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Prior to the release of Hamilton’s EP, his career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple artists. Hamilton added his voice to those of other artists, assisting in them reaching chart-topper hits.
Terrence Hamilton was born in Dallas Texas. He is the second of three children of Billy, (a successful businessman and Baptist preacher), and Carolyn, (a counselor and pharmacist) Hamilton. Determined to bring their children up in the strict Southern Baptist tradition, they enrolled their children in private schools and forbade secular influence and music in their household. His time deep within the Bible belt left Hamilton with several notable memories, including seeing his two brothers burned with hot cooking oil at home.
Hamilton’s earliest musical influence was his mother, Carolyn who was a mezzo-soprano in the church choir and played piano. She would take him to rehearsals and performances. Both Hamilton’s parents realized his vocal ability at an early age and encouraged further training by allowing him to sing in the choir as well as to study piano lessons at church, and instruments at school. Often times Hamilton’s father would have him sing in front of the church before he would give the sermon for service. Hamilton has said that he first developed his sound in church, where he learned to hear harmony and was inspired to create music. Coming from such a strict upbringing, Hamilton recalls he and his brothers would sneak and listen to the radio to hear different types of “worldly” music when their parents were away from home. It was during those times Hamilton would hear music on the radio from influences such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and numerous others.
Inspired and immersed in music, by age twelve, Hamilton had already appeared in two television commercials and was the first black child to sing with the Oak Cliff and Dallas Boy’s Choirs while in elementary school. During high school, Terrence was introduced to classical music, and with the encouragement of a music teacher, he began to enter and win numerous statewide competitions representing Hillcrest High School of Dallas, TX.
Hamilton went on to pursue formal music studies in Princeton, NJ at Westminster/Rider where he was recipient of the prestigious Marian Anderson Award and was classically trained. It was there he mastered the vocal technique for his tenor voice with a four octave vocal range. In addition to his formal studies, Terrence sang with the University’s Chapel Choir, Symphonic Choir, and Westminster Jazz Singers Chorus. While a college student he had the privilege to perform and record classical works with the Trenton Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestras respectively.
Hamilton sang and toured with multiple chorus groups including the touring gospel quartet One Spirit, under the direction of gospel music pioneer Ann Moss, sister of Emily “Cissy” Houston and aunt of the late great Whitney Houston. In addition, Hamilton has also shared the stage with legendary artists including Patti La Belle and Jennifer Holliday.