Terry Carisse

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A famed Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Terry Carisse started performing in his early teens. When he began writing songs, he found his perfect match when he teamed up with songwriter Bruce…
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A famed Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Terry Carisse started performing in his early teens. When he began writing songs, he found his perfect match when he teamed up with songwriter Bruce Rawlins. In 1971, the talented duo wrote their first hit song together, "Hello Mom," for a country group called the Mercey Brothers. It was the first hit of many Carisse would help pen over the years. By the end of the '70s, he was singing his own songs and had completed a marvelous debut album. Every number on the full-length offering was first released as a single that climbed on the charts. Over the next decade, Carisse and Rawlins stacked up a pile of music awards. Carisse brought in a huge number of them on his own, for his solo singing career, and even earned himself a spot in the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame. After Rawlins lost a battle with cancer in 1987, Carisse continued writing without his partner.

Terry Carisse's first stage appearances came at local festivals and talent contests where he showcased his singing ability and learned to keep the attention of his audience. It wasn't long before he added a guitar to his act, and landed a part in his first band. Writing his own songs seemed like the natural next step to take. In the late '60s, a friendship with Rawlins turned into a gifted collaboration that lasted for two decades.

In 1976, Carisse recorded a solo debut single, "Been Thinking," and released it independently. Two years later he recorded a second offering, "Lonely Highway Blues." That same year he joined a band called Tenderfoot, and really began to gain notice. The country group toured through Canada and into other countries. When Carisse returned home, he landed a deal with MBS Records -- owned by the Mercey Brothers, whom he had written hit songs for. From 1978 to 1983 Carisse recorded nearly a dozen singles under the label, and a couple of albums, including The Story of the Year, which earned him a nomination for the Big Country Awards' Album of the Year, Top Country Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year. He followed up that success with a sophomore album, We Could Make Beautiful Music Together. The work on that recording won him Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Top Country Single of the Year. He was also touring a lot around that time, and making waves with his own band, Tracks.

By 1984 MBS Records was long folded, and Carisse switched over to the Savannah Records label, where he went on to complete several more excellent albums and a long list of just-as-pleasing singles. During his extensive and successful career, Terry Carisse won numerous awards, had many hit songs, and wrote even more hits for other artists. He spent most of those years in the world of country music, with guitar in hand and cowboy hat in place, though he has been known to smoothly step over into gospel on occasion, as he did with the album, A Gospel Gathering.