Gabriel Oche Amanyi, popularly known as Terry G, is a Nigerian musician and producer widely known for his eccentric dress-sense and controversial lyrics.
Terry G was born in Benue State on March 17, 1986, which coincidentally happened to be his mother’s birthday. Amanyi is the first child of four children born to Lagos based clergy parents, attended Starfield Educational Centre in Lagos but due to financial constraints could not further his education.
Terry was introduced to music by his mother, a choir mistress, who encouraged him to join the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Praise Palace, Oko-Oba choir and his time as a chorister enabled Terry to learn the basics of music. He however started as a gospel artiste but the lure of financial security made him switch to pop music.
The “Akpako master” as he his fondly called had his tutelage under one of Nigeria’s musician, Faze, providing back-up vocals and honing his music skills. He rose to fame in 2006 when he was featured on Kemistry’s hit single “Shake”, a song which he also produced, marking the first sign of his versatility in music.
When in 2008, he released the hit single “Love You Sexy” off his debut album “Free Me” it was an instant hit due to the lyrics and dancehall beat. His debut album also contained hit songs like “Otipe”, “Shile” and “Ihotu”.
Terry who sings in English, Yourba and Idoma is adept at playing the guitar and keyboard. His weird but addictive songs are characterized by deep lyrics, unique keyboard sounds and distinctive signature jingles. By the time he produced and featured on 2Shots “In Case You Never Know” and IllBliss “Aye Po Gan”, his credential as a talented songwriter, producer and musician was long established.
His second album titled “Ginjah Ur Swaggah Season 1” was released in late 2009 and contained the hit song “Free Madness”, a song which cemented a place for him in Nigeria music industry.
Terry G, who is the creator of “Chante Chante” style of music, has produced or featured in songs for the likes of Timaya, Ay.com, Igho, Jamix, Jaywon, Terry tha Rapman, Naeto C and many more.
In 2013, he released his fourth album titled Book of Ginger.
His Eccentric Personality
Terry has received critical acclaim for his unique brand of music, personality and awkward identity. Through his songs, he has admitted to using drugs and alcohol. In September 2014, he told Jane Augoye of The Punch that he has stopped taking hard drugs.
He has been described by The Punch as “one of the world’s weirdest singers”, by Vanguard as a “Weird singer”, and by Channels TV as the “Craziest musician in Nigeria”.
Though a controversial artiste, Terry has carved a niche for himself in Nigeria music scene thereby cementing his place as one of the top entertainment stars in the country.
He won the “Best Street Hop” award at the 2010 Hip Hop World Awards held in Lagos in May 2010. Asides owning his own record label, Terry G is a business man and entrepreneur who owns a pure water factory in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos state.