Singer, Songwriter, Philanthropist and Author
With his 3rd Project “God My Hero” set to release August 5, 2016, Terrance is now living the life he often dreamed of as a child—Inspiring and helping others in life. The multi-talented worshiper began singing at the early age of three. At seven years old he started playing several different musical instruments, and at the age of twelve, he was directing the youth and young adult choir at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, in Houston, Texas where he continued in this capacity until graduating from high school. When starting college, he accepted a position at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church serving as Director of Music for eight years. The church experienced both literal and musical growth under his leadership.
After a long tenure at Jones Memorial, Terrance carried his anointed and versatile music ministry to Progressive New Hope Baptist Church in Houston, Texas where he served as Minister of Music. He enhanced their music ministry tremendously and helped transcend the entire church’s worship service. After his stint at Progressive New Hope Baptist Church, he accepted the Minister of Music position at First Shiloh Baptist Church.
In 2003 the release of his debut CD, “Preserved,” exposed his powerful worship style to the nation and captivated the ears of many influential music personnel. It received such critical acclaim that it garnered him 1st ballot nomination for the 46th Annual Grammy® Awards in the categories of “Record Of The Year,” “Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album Of The Year,” and “Best New Artist.”
In January of 2004, he decided to broaden his career and ministry, and devote full time to his ministry, music, singing, production and other business ventures. While touring, and with the emergence of his music career, he decided to work with other artists in all music genres. He launched Virtual Valor; an independent record label and entertainment company that allowed him not only to produce and write for other artists, but the company produces and promotes concerts, plays, workshops, seminars and more. He is also actively involved in local, state and national music workshops and seminars.
Furthermore, his second CD, “Relative To Life,” made great strides by touching lives worldwide.
While always working on his music, Terrance finds time to give back to the community. He has produced events that inspire, empower and benefit humanity. He founded the Hope Of Faith foundation that has produced such events as Galveston County Hope, an event that included Bishop TD Jakes, Fred Hammond, many pastors from the Houston/Galveston area, and others who came together to inspire and uplift the lives of families after the devastation and destruction of Hurricane Ike. Hope Of Faith also produced Hope For Recovery, a gospel concert given to encourage victims of substance and domestic abuse. In addition, he recently launched a women’s conference to benefit a Houston area homeless center and abuse center (The Star Of Hope) entitled Spiritual Beauty & Health Awakening Conference (www.spiritualbeautyandhealth.org). These types of humanitarian efforts are what drive Terrance to fulfilling his God-given purpose in life.
These community efforts have also gained Terrance the honor of receiving a Congressional Certificate of Recognition as a Houston Achiever. He’s also a YMCA Houston Achiever Honoree.
Terrance is currently working on three new books—“True Life,” an inspirational book that will encompass spiritual quotes and bible scriptures, incorporated with his personal life experiences; an educational book entitled, “The Ability To Sing,” that will instruct readers on understanding their voice, how to properly use it from a technical perspective, and maintain it from a healthy standpoint; and “God’s Bachelor,” based on the life of a single man serving God. As he works on this book, he has realized the importance of this knowledge reaching singers and speakers all over, so he launched a series of vocal health workshops entitled “The Ability To Sing and Speak” (www.theabilitytosing.com).
I just want God to preserve my life. I make no excuses or justifications for my set backs nor failures in my life. I am going to make mistakes and I am going to stumble sometimes, but in my heart I have salvation, with this I will receive deliverance, and if I trust and believe in God, Redemption is what He’ll give me—Terrance Bell.
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