Serenaded and inspired by the sounds of the Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, touched by the gift and soul of Donny Hathaway, amazed by the liberation and embolden bravery of James Brown, soothed and musically birthed by the mellow smooth of Sade and Maxwell, and heartbroken by the death of his idol Aaliyah, Teraj, the voice was born. Teraj (pronounced te-räzh', -räj') possesses unbelievable and unrestrained passion and commitment to performance in the delivery of his songs, but do not be mislead, he is like a sip of smooth wine. Such inhibition grabs one’s attention upon the first lyric carried by his four octave voice. His personal experiences and dreams write his songs, something that he deems another one of his gifts from God. Sometimes, a simple melody or a few sparse lyrics will linger in his mind after awaking from a dream, as the conception of “Cold” was initiated. Teraj created most of his songs out of a bag with his laptop, microphone, recording interface, and, if his destination allows enough room, his keyboard. With influences from all over the world, one may notice the diversity in his vocal approach, a voice so familiar, yet, so peculiar and fresh. Blessed with the gift of song since a child, Teraj never exposed his voice to his family in fear that they wouldn't approve of music over his pursuits in architecture. During the summer of 2001, when Teraj had the privilege, in front of hundreds, to perform the Kenoly Brother's "My Quiet Place" in honor of Grammy Award Recipient, Oliver Wells, his family and friends could not believe their ears. After witnessing a substantial standing ovation for Teraj's defining performance, they knew that his voice would be loved by the world over. From that day on, Teraj embraced his calling and has graced the stages of Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, Dublin, Paris, Rome, and not to forget, the stages of his soon to be Alma Mater in 2009, Cornell University.
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