Producer, Session Keyboardist

29 Reviews
WINTERSMITH on SoundBetter

I am a seasoned pro with international credits as an artist, writer, and producer with 10-year stints in both Los Angeles and Nashville. Have worked with such notable musicians as Laura Branigan, Chester Thompson, Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph, Marcel Camargo and many more. I am ready to assist you in making your music a cut above the rest.

A state of the art multi-track facility nestled in the beautiful Ozark mountains! I can do it all just for you from writing the songs, producing, performing, every step all the way through the final mix! Total satisfaction guaranteed!!

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29 Reviews

  1. Review by Sefi Carmel
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    Always a blast working with Terry!
    Such a talent!

  2. Review by Zeff
    by Zeff
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    As always I love working with him! He's very professional and he gives me all the details I need to finish the project

  3. Review by Eric Sneo
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    Very nice project and work with Wintersmith. Thank you!

  4. Review by Zeff
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    as always wonderful to work with

  5. Review by Zeff
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    Great composer, very nice person and a pleasure to work with!

  6. Review by HandPercussionTracks
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    Exceptional creativity and top quality arrangements, always a pleasure to work with Terry !!!

  7. Review by Orville Johnson
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    Working with WINTERSMITH was great! He gave me a cool song to work on, gave me clear instructions and feedback on his needs, and had a very positive, encouraging attitude. Couldn't have been easier to work with. Let's do more! Thanks...oj

  8. Review by Ivan Berger
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    WinterSmith was awesome! Highly professional and very closer on what him want! Clear communication! I really recommend him!

  9. Review by Simon Thoumire
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    Great working with Wintersmith. Easy communication and parts right on the money. Thanks Terry.

  10. Review by Juanma Benitez
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    Realmente disfruté trabajar con Terry. ¡Fue una gran experiencia! Gracias por confiar en mi trabajo, ¡espero que lo volvamos a hacer pronto! ¡Gracias por contratarme! ¡Recomiendo trabajar con él! gracias terry!
    I really enjoyed working with Terry. It was a great experience! Thank you for trusting my work, I hope we will do it again soon! Thanks for hiring me! I highly recommend working with him !! thank you terry!

  11. Review by Zakhar Valaha
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    Terry is a great client and it's always fun to collaborate with him! I appreciate being able to experiment on musical ideas with him. I always look forward to the next project with Terry!

  12. Review by Brian Losch
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    It's a joy to work with Terry. His writing skills are excellent and he has a clear and organized direction for his music. For this particular production, he was humble enough to accept feedback and even managed to conjure a new performance in less than 24 hours to complement the mix. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with such a kind and thoughtful professional.

  13. Review by Gergo Bille
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    Another great experience working with Terry.
    His tracks always sounds very high quality. The project was professionally arranged. Ready to record. It was easy to work on because of its professionalism.
    Thanks for hiring me :)

  14. Review by Eivind Opsvik
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    Always a pleasure working with Terry, professional in every way. looking forward to next time.

  15. Review by Yoed Nir
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    A pleasure to work with. Very communicative and super professional!! Looking forward to our next collaboration.

  16. Review by Elliot James Mulhern Mastering
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    WINTERSMITH is supremely talented, an absolutely pleasure to work on this project together, such a great communicator, super professional! Always a big plus!!!! Don’t hesitate is you have the opportunity to collaborate with WINTERSMITH, you won’t regret it! Trust me!

  17. Review by HandPercussionTracks
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    Love working with Terry, everything is super organized and arranged well.

  18. Review by Zakhar Valaha
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    It's always a pleasure to work with Terry. Great music, everything is clear. Looking forward to work with him again!

  19. Review by HandPercussionTracks
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    Working with Terry is wonderful. The projects are always organized , well arranged and communication back and forth is excellent.

  20. Review by Hamilton McKay Belk
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    It's been a delight working with Terry. He's a great communicator, and I had great fun working with his music. I highly recommend working with him. Thank you Terry!

  21. Review by Marcel Camargo
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    I've gotten to work with Terry a couple of times, it's been an absolute pleasure! He's super straightforward, responsive, communication is clear and easy - he's a pro, five star experiences here!

  22. Review by Brian Losch

    Not only is Terry a talented professional, but he is also very warm, patient and kind. We had a very productive and successful collaboration and the process was very rewarding. I'm happy to recommend Terry anytime!

  23. Review by Giancarlo Roberti
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    I had a great collaboration with Terry. I love his music and our collaboration was very nice. He is very kind and honest. I hope to be able to work with Terry soon... will be a pleasure to me.

  24. Review by Gergo Bille

    I had the pleasure to work together with Terry. He is professional, an expert in his field. Good communicator and a nice guy (last but not least) :)
    Thanks for that project ;) Looking forward our next collaboration

  25. Review by Zakhar Valaha

    Terry was great to work with! Very responsive, accommodating, and he keeps you in the loop every step of the by providing snippets, asking for feedback, offering his own opinions & suggestions. Looking forward to working with him again!

  26. Review by Sefi Carmel

    Working with Terry was an absolute pleasure. Not only friendly, but a truly multi-talented musician and producer. I highly recommend!

  27. Review by Eivind Opsvik

    I have worked with Terry quite a few times and it has always been a great experience, very professional and prompt in terms of communication and the music is always of high quality. Highly recommended!

  28. Review by Chuck Sabo

    I've had the pleasure of working with Terry! He loves what he's doing, and you can hear that in his playing, his songwriting, and his productions. Top Quality!

  29. Review by HandPercussionTracks

    Terry is a stellar professional in every sense of the word. Ive been fortunate enough to have worked with him several times. If you're in need of writing, studio performance, production services etc, I can guarantee you'll be totally satisfied with the results.

Interview with WINTERSMITH

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I just release a six song EP of my original jazz/world music compositions entitled "A Walk In The Woods" and I am very happy to report we are receiving steady airplay on NPR radio stations across the country as well as some international airplay as well. A lot of material on the project was done collaborating with great musicians right here on Sound Better!

  3. Q: What's your typical work process?

  4. A: First things first, FIND THE POCKET! If you do not have a tight rhythm section, you will always be chasing it! Once I have the feel I am looking for, then I layer on top ending up with percussive motifs to sweeten the overall sound of the track.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: DAWs -Pro Tools, Sonar Platinum Producer Edition, Adobe Audition, Yamaha AW 4416 Audio Interface– Roland Octa-Capture 10X10 24bit/192 kHz Monitors – KRK Rokit 8 Studio Monitors , Alesis Monitor One Reference Monitors Mics – Neumann TLM-103, AKG C-3000, Guage ECM-87, Shure 58 Beta, MXL V63M Keyboards – Yamaha, Kurzwiel, Korg

  7. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  8. A: Being in very close proximity to the University of Arkansas, song and publishing demos are what I tend to receive the most.

  9. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  10. A: In 1997, I was managing the indie jazz label, ARTIFEX RECORDS, as well as being a signed artist on the label. The label's owner asked me to produce a compilation album of Nashville's best studio musicians who were also writing and performing smooth jazz compositions. Nine months later, the THIRD COAST JAZZ ENSEMBLE was released to critical acclaim. Many of us recorded under assumed names as well. That album has some amazing musicianship and still sounds great by today's standards as well.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Digital. Because I can provide them with an infinite number of ideas. Editing is so much more process as well. And as a vocalist myself, having a digital output signal to work with gives you so much more control over very important factors such as intonation and pitch.

  13. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  14. A: I will do my very best to deliver them professional, passionate, music.

  15. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  16. A: Helping people to achieve their musical dreams!

  17. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  18. A: How long have you done this? My answer, longer than you have been on this planet!

  19. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  20. A: That all of us in the music business are wealthy and we never have a problem paying the bills!

  21. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  22. A: What are you musical goals? Are you planning on pursuing music as a profession or a hobby? Who are some of your musical influences?

  23. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  24. A: Before you hire me or any music pro for that matter, do some research and make sure that they would be a good fit for your particular musical style and genre. Also communication is key.

  25. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  26. A: 1. A solar or wind powered generator (how else would you get electricity on a deserted island?) 2. A really nice keyboard/workstation. 3.Acoustic Guitar 4.Condenser mic and stand 5.My fiddle :-)

  27. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  28. A: I began as a singer/songwriter and released my first album back in 1978. I worked with a wonderful producer named Phil York. Phil had just won the Grammy that year for engineering Willie Nelson's masterpiece, Red Headed Stranger. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Los Angeles and took a position in the mailroom at Chrysalis Records so I could learn the business side of things. About a year later, I purchased a 16 track recording studio from the old Takoma Record label, located in Santa Monica, Ca. next door to McCabe's guitar shop. McCabe's was famous for doing small acoustic concerts in the showroom located in the back of the guitar shop. They were "unplugged" before the term "unplugged" existed! We ran a 16 channel snake across the rooftops and began recording a lot of these concerts. I was privileged to work with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, The Chambers Brothers, Maria Muldaur, and many other amazing artists. On the "artist" side of things, I began touring with Laura Branigan as a support vocalist. In the 90's I relocated to Nashville, TN and my wife and I along with our bandmate, Frederic Boyle formed the jazz vocal trio, TRIAD , and we were signed by the Nashville based indie jazz label, Artifex Records. We recorded an album of country classics with Nashville legends, Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph and Floyd Cramer. After several years of touring, my wife and I decided to settle down and raise a family. I had always loved the Ozark mountains, so we made the move here in 2005. We have 3 beautiful daughters and I have been working with them in the studio since the oldest was 7! The project is called the TREETOP SISTERS® Animated Song Series. I write, produce, and record the music and work with animators around the globe. In 2013 we charted on the Media Base Holiday Charts and the girls had their first hit holiday song, Nicki and the Crew. It is still played every year on Sirius XM's Holly channel as well as terrestrial radio stations across the US. We have 2 new releases due out this fall. Needless to say, I have been in the music business for four decades now and I have no intention of retiring!

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: Laid back but organized.

  31. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  32. A: John Legend. He is very intelligent, has a fantastic voice and I feel that he has an amazing potential for expanding his artistry to new heights.

  33. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  34. A: Old school influences would be Quincy Jones, George Martin, and Ted Templeman as far as the production side. Paul McCartney, Michael McDonald, Van Morrison and Steely Dan as far as artist and songwriters. Today's influences would be Ed Sheeran, Pharrel Williams and the master, Herbie Hancock as the "bridge" between old and new.

  35. Q: Can you share one music production tip?


  37. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  38. A: Years of experience in life and music but always approach with what the artist is envisioning.

  39. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  40. A: Usually indie singer/songwriter projects. We are just up the road from Fayetteville where Arkansas University is. Lots of young talent looking for an experienced producer to help them put their songs together.

  41. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  42. A: Confidence and communication.

  43. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  44. A: This summer I worked with a wonderful guitarist from the UK. His name is Jay Stapley. Jay played both acoustic and electric guitar on my daughter's upcoming new holiday release, Very Merry Christmas. Solid player and good communicator. I certainly would recommend Jay Stapley, for sure.


Terms Of Service

Max 2 revisions if needed. 24-48 hours maximum turnaround. .

Gear Highlights
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Sonar Platinum Producer Edition
  • Roland Octa-Capture 10X10 24bit/192 kHz Monitors
  • KRK Rokit 8 Studio Monitors
  • Alesis Monitor One Reference Monitors Mics – Neumann TLM-103
  • AKG C-3000
  • Guage ECM-87
  • Shure 58 Beta
  • MXL V63M
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