IAA: What is your music background?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: I have only been doing music for about 2 years now. After the passing of my grandmother I started to write poetry. My poetry blossomed into spoken word and then rhythmic recordings. It was never my intention to become a rapper/lyricist. After exposing my gift and seeing the impact it has made on others I had no other choice but to continue. Since the age of 9, I have been able to play the piano by ear, and since the passing of my grandmother I have been training myself to play the acoustic guitar
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: During the course of my life I have experienced many hardships, and music/writing has always been a major outlet for me. In listening to some of my favorite songs as a child I have noticed the release of pain and agony in just the mere composing of their music. Although I never imagined myself being able to write lyrics or compose my own beats, I have found a key element in helping heal others through my own therapeutic way of healing myself. I believe that “It is not where you come from, but where you decide to go that counts the most,” so if I can release music to help others maintain a healthier way of thinking and living then my purpose in life will be fulfilled.
IAA: What are your songs about?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: I consider myself to be a positive life artist. My writings are composed of tragedy, pride, pain, success, love, domestic violence, defeat and triumph, consequences, and most of all honesty. I believe that in order to be honest with someone else you must first be honest with yourself. I write based upon what I have
experienced in life in order to help or save someone else from making the same mistakes I have made or witnessed. I write positive music to show that no matter what you experience in this life that there is always a way out and an opportunity to change for the better.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: A fan is described as a person who is enthusiastic about something: a supporter or aficionado. I would like to target people of all walks of life to inspire them to become fans of life through my music. I write all positive music so that any person of any age can relate to some portion of my music. But because I am aware that every person won’t like my music I would most likely direct my music to people from the ages of 19-30 years of age.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: I consider myself to be an universal artist. I have never limited myself to just one genre of music. I listen to music of different extremes from Jay z and Nas to Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus, Papa Roach to Marroon 5, India Arie to Lauren Hill. I even have credits as a song writer to 2 gospel songs with “The Big Man of Gospel” Rev. Walter Butts through WJB gospel records. All genres of music inspire me not only by popularity but intensity in lyrical content. The depth of lyrics has always moved me and thus the reason I am affectionately known as Teri “LYRIC” Green.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: My music is passionate pain, exposed by love, lost in happiness. In losing my grandmother I found myself lost in a pain that seemed to never cease. But as time progressed I learned that life has a beginning and an end for every breathing thing on this earth. Flowers bloom for a season and die for a season. For me, in order to see the legacy of love being relived constantly without ceasing I began to write and expose my pain to save another. If people can take the positive messages that I write and pass them on to another, then the passion that I pour into my music can be relived over and over without ever dying. There is no greater gratification in knowing that my words can save someone else from my pain. I like to believe that my music stands alone in its own genre that I call Neo Soul Hip Hop. Soulful music with a rhythmic tone and powerful message each and every time.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: I’ve been told many times that there is something special about me. I only could wish that I could see what others see in me but just the thought alone causes me to stay positive and welcoming to people. I make it a point to mingle and talk with my fans at my shows just to show that I am just as human as they are. I also realize as an artist that branding is extremely important. Bow ties, suspenders, geek glasses, converse, custom vests, and rolled up button up sleeves are some of my signature pieces. Because I am sincerely a “geek” in my personal life due to my day job as a computer engineer, I like to bring a stylish way of showing who I am on a daily basis. I believe my style stands out not only because of the geek feel and unique style but mainly because of the sincerity behind it. For me my style is easy and not forced therefore it stands out and blends well with my bubbly personality. It’s official Computer geek hacks industry all access!!
IAA: What are some upcoming projects are you currently working on?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: Currently I am working on completing and releasing my first mix-tape. I will also be featuring in a couple of festivals in Atlanta and Miami. During the course of writing and performing in Chicago I will also be touring in about 6 states and over 20 cities. After my day job as a computer engineer is done I find myself performing, writing, recording, mentoring in schools in the city and being involved in community service events often.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: At a very young age I had decided exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I have a love for computers that has carried me a very long way. I found myself being the Assistant Chief Engineer at the #1 Spanish Radio station in Chicago 107.9 WLEY radio, during my Junior year of college. I have worked for some very prestigious engineering firms, radio stations, and television stations here in Chicago as an engineer and am currently still progressing. Now I find myself at the age of 31 with another passion and love; music. My goal with music is to reach the world with a positive message by ranking the top of the charts and becoming a legendary female hip hop artist. Since Missy Elliot, there has yet to be another female artist/producer with her success and recognition. In 10 years I see myself becoming one of the top female producers in the industry right alongside of her.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
TERI “LYRIC” GREEN: Teri “Lyric” Green can be contacted and accessed by the following links:
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