Detroit has been credited as one of the Soul Music capitals of the world, spawning legendary artists like The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross just to name a few. In the mid 1980s, Detroit’s Underground Music Movement has brought rise to artists such as Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Eddie “Flashin” Fowlkes, UR, Jeff Mills, and a host of others. But unlike the aforesaid names, Terrence Parker has established himself as a producer, remixer and DJ of the classic sound of Detroit House Music, and is known as the pioneer of the music genre known as “Inspirational House Music”! As a DJ, Terrence Parker (known to many as “TP”) has become legendary for his quite uncommon yet skillful turntablism style of playing House Music. TP has also become widely admired because he uses an actual telephone handset as headphones; causing some to give him the nick name, “Telephone Man”. Others call him the “Telephone Man” because he has answered the CALL to bring us music to feed our souls!
TP has performed as a DJ in 28 countries (more than 200 hundred cities) throughout the world. These events range from night clubs (large and small) to music festivals with more than 100,000 people. Since 1988, TP has released more than 100 recordings on various labels, and has had top 20 hits with his songs “Love’s Got Me High” (with 2012 remixes by Marc Romboy and Jimpster), “The Question” and albums like “Detroit After Dark” in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, and France.
Terrence’s last release in 2014 was his album entitled, “Life On The Back 9” released on Carl Craig’s Planet E label in Detroit. This album tells the story of how he was encouraged by his father to continue on forward by the struggles and challenges of life. The album features the writing contributions and vocal performances by Merachka, Coco Street, Kelly Gunn, and Reno Ka. The album has produces several single releases with remix productions by Carl Craig, Underground Resistance/Timeline, Louie Vega, Josh Milan, Monty Luke, and Marc Romboy.
TP has also relaunched his Intangible Records imprint for 2014 re-releasing some of his classic productions along with music from new artists like Merachka.
Terrence’s high quality of music productions, remixes, and DJ skill has been recognized by organizations such as the Detroit Historical Museum’s History of Techno International Exhibit, and Indiana State University’s Department Of African American Music And Culture. TP’s collective musical works and pioneering efforts have been recognized as a valuable contribution to Detroit’s music history, as as well as the International History of Dance Music.