Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Terry McDermott
Mon, 13 May 2013 14:10:18
Terry McDermott is a Scottish rocker who was the runner-up of Season 3 of The Voice, serving on Blake Shelton's team. He may not have won the prize, but he's still rocking our world with his pitch perfect and rich voice, so we invited him into the ring for a Take Aim sesh so he could talk about his single "Pictures" and more.
For those who didn't watch the show, give us your Twitter-sized bio.
I'm a well-traveled Scottish musician, made it to American shores and plan to stay here.
You didn't win -- but sometimes that is better, right?
I negotiated a contract after the show and planned to work independently where possible. I released my first single, "Pictures." It went No. 1 on iTunes rock chart. As an example of how easy or more streamlined the music business has become, we were shooting the video in the afternoon while we mixed the single. We were shooting in the front and mixing in the back of the house. It's a great way to wake up every morning. You decide you want to do something and go do it. You're not waiting for 100 people, like you are when signed to a major label.
Are you still in touch with your coach, country star Blake Shelton?
He is in touch and he has ideas about management and helping my team. I flew to my Florida and watched the Strawberry Festival. We had a great time with him. We had a great laugh. He is there when I need him.
If you were not doing music, what would you do?
I would try to convince my wife that I could do something else. I had fallen out of love with music and it drifted out of my life. I was writing articles for magazines, and I got into it more and more, and it became a passion. But music presented itself and I fell back in love with it.
What kind of magazines?
A newspaper, The New Orleans Levy, which has the catchline "We Hold Nothing Back," and a men's magazine called Seven, based on the seven deadly sins.
If you did win, how different do you think things would be?
I feared winning. I don't think it would have been happy. I am not sure the label would've wanted me. I am not label-bashing, but I think the right answer isn't always the biggest one. A major label is not the best way to go. If I had won, I'd be locked into a marriage. I've been there and done that. I am excited about building my own environment. I do not want to hurry up and wait.
Do you have any non-musical hobbies or skills?
I'd like to think I am a good soccer player, but I am not. I do love it. I kick around with my son where possible. I've become "that parent," watching the sidelines, and I come close to screaming obscenities, and I have to hold back. A little discipline goes a wrong way. You don't want to scream about your sons breaking their opponent's legs. It was okay in the '70s in Scotland but it is not okay in 21st century America.
McDermott and his band, Terry McDermott and the Bonfires, will be back in the U.S. to tour and to release a second single. But for now, familiarize yourself with this pitch-perfect singer!
Enjoy the trailer for "In Your Eyes"...