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Meet Terence Penny

Today we’d like to introduce you to Terence Penny.

Terence, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started rapping at 18 years old in a local church. My church at the time wanted to start hosting concerts to attract young people. I began performing my music there and realized how much I loved performing. Fast forward to six years later, my music took me places that I would have never imagined going. I have been able to perform in Europe, perform in different states in America, and perform in front of thousands at music festivals in Toronto. My most recent music video,” 2020” on Youtube, has given me the opportunity to be endorsed by The North Face.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There were plenty of struggles I dealt with. A lot of people doubted me and would shut me out earlier in my career, mainly when I was at that church. My music was seen as rebellious and not good. I would go to studio sessions where people didn’t want to work with me because I wasn’t as good. Rapping didn’t come naturally to me. I was part of a Church rap group that I co-founded called “BAM” and all the members of the group left me due to not wanting to be associated with a “Rebel”. I later left this church and started to do research about it only later to find that it was borderline cult-like and has ruined the main people’s lives throughout the world. At that time, I made my exit from this place of worship and started to share my music outside the walls of a church. I started to rap more about my “Church hurt,” coming out of that facility and how I been mentally hurt by this place, and People started to gravitate towards my music. The music became much better because it came from a real place. My audience grew as soon as my Vulnerability became my ability.

Please tell us about your work.
I am a rapper and workshop facilitator. I get booked for performances locally and internationally. I also run workshops about why education is important in low income communities. What I am most proud of is being able to merge what I do with workshops with my music as an artist. What sets me apart as an artist and facilitator Is contributing to the community through being in the lives of young men, working with kids who have disabilities and providing free workshops with music industry professionals to kids from inner city communities.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory would be going to neighborhood BBQs and playing cops and robbers with a friend! Those were the days!

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Gustavo Gonzalez
Omis Owusu-Ansah
Ebenezer Adusei

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