What happens when you combine a childhood love of musical theater with a university degree in Voice Performance and opera, fifteen years as a professional singer songwriter, an obsession with climate change, and a lifelong devotion to meditation and esoteric studies?
You end up with a very long hyphenate.
Such is the case with singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/composer/sound meditation facilitator Terra Naomi.
Fifteen years into her life as a professional artist, Naomi finally feels like the full scope of her life up to this point is reflected in her creative pursuits.
“I’ve always had all these different aspects of myself, and they haven’t always been compatible, so most of my life has been highly compartmentalized. The rare times when certain influences have come out of their little boxes and merged have been extraordinary.”
One such time was in 2006, when Naomi wrote her song “Say It’s Possible,” inspired by Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth. She wrote the song in the morning, posted a homemade YouTube video in the afternoon, and within a week, the video garnered millions of views, and took Naomi on an adventure that included her first album release, with Universal Music and Island Records, a solo performance at Wembley Stadium, and years of touring around the globe, from the US and Europe to faraway places like Kashmir and South Africa.
Most recently, Naomi wrote the English adaptation of the lyrics for a new musical by Spanish composer Nacho Cano, opening in Madrid in September 2020. This five year process reignited her love of musicals, and in August of 2019 she began writing the book, lyrics, and score for her own musical, tentatively titled Electric.
The musical explores themes of connection and isolation in the days before, during, and immediately after a climate change disaster, through the inhabitants of a building in gentrified Spanish Harlem.
“One of the main characters is a yoga teacher/sound healer, so I get to incorporate some elements of one of my biggest passions, Sound Meditation, which is the study and application of the effects of sound on human consciousness.”
Naomi is also composing the score for the film adaptation of her husband Scott Turner Schofield’s award-winning theater show, Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps, an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival.
"I’ve always been a storyteller more than anything else; whether that story exists within the relatively small scope of one song, or the vast world of a musical, in visual media, telling elements of the story through the score, or taking people on a journey of sound meditation, helping them access the universe within…I’m all about powerful emotional journeys, and the various mediums I work with are just different ways of getting there.”
“Terra Naomi's ‘Machine Age’ may be the first truly great song
to come at the expense of the world’s collective sanity.”
“Terra Naomi played [an] original of hers, ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ and I was stunned, heartbroken and torn up. It was one of the most honest, beautiful and heart-wrenching songs I had ever heard. Not just that night.
Not just at the Hotel Cafe. Ever. I knew I had truly found a special artist.”
- Ari Herstand, author of the best-selling music business manual "How To Make It In The New Music Business"