Terry Garthwaite
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Here's a video from the opening celebration of Realm of Dreams, a ceramics exhibition in which Terry evoked sound for the artwork.

About Terry

Terry Garthwaite

Here you can read about terry's creative work and a synopsis of her history.

Terry's Creative Work

Terry Garthwaite is an internationally known singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and teacher. Her recording career dates back to the late 1960s when she and Toni Brown formed the rock group Joy of Cooking. She recorded several albums with the band, and then a dozen others by herself or in collaboration with other jazz and blues musicians.

Terry has also produced recordings by other artists including Jasmine, Rosalie Sorrels, rhiannon, Nicholas/Glover/&Wray, Hunter Davis, Robin Flower, and Ferron, whose Garthwaite-produced Shadows on a Dime was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone.

In performance she has shared the stage with such artists as BB King, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Allen Ginsberg, Santana, Rosalie Sorrels and writer Bobbie Hawkins at venues that include Carnegie Hall, the Joseph Papp Theater, the Hollywood Bowl, and Canadian Folk Festivals.

Terry's recent recordings and writing reflect an awareness of the healing nature of music. In 1992 she recorded her critically acclaimed Affirhythms - rhythmic affirmation chantsongs, and followed it in 2000 with Sacred Circles, songs of hope and heart.

In 2006, Terry began collaborating again with Toni Brown to put together a Joy of Cooking compilation. They pored through old tapes of live performances and studio forays--from their earliest beginnings in 1968--to find the best material with the best performances. The result is the double CD "Back to Your Heart", one disc of studio takes of never-released songs, and the other a live Berkeley concert from the early '70s.

She's published a book, Joy of Sound - Explorations in Awareness Through Sound and Song, that includes vocal games/exercises and a CD of chants, as well as a couple of small books of Alliterhythms--pithy positive songs and sayings in alliteration. Most of her songs are available in her songbooks.

Terry's music is an array of songs and sounds that encourages empowerment and delight, and radiates the healing nature of music. She currently leads vocal retreats, drum circles, and classes in singing together, playing with sound, and digging the musical garden.

Terry's History


1965 BA in Sociology, UC Berkeley (membership in Treble Clef, Madrigal Society)
2001 Vibrational Healing certification

Professional Background


1962-65 Solo performances in Bay Area folk clubs (the Jabberwock, Cabale, Wild Side West, Coffee Gallery, Coffee and Confusion)
1968- National tours with the Joy of Cooking band as lead vocalist, musician and songwriter. Performed and recorded with Garthwaite, Hawkins & Sorrels: a three-woman show of songs and stories. Toured nationally with own band and as solo performer. Currently perform solo.


Include over 100 national clubs, concert halls and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Joseph Papp Theater, Hollywood Bowl, the Fillmore and Winterland, and the Canadian Folk Festivals.


1970-91 Capitol Records (5 albums) with Joy of Cooking; solo on Arista, Fantasy. Catero, Rounder; featured vocalist/guitarist on numerous independent label projects.
1992- Currently record on own nJoy Sounds label.


1982- Produced commercially-released recordings for singer-songwriters, including Ferron's acclaimed Shadows on a Dime album, folk-singers Rosalie Sorrels and April Masten, jazz artists rhiannon and Nicholas/Glover/and Wray, new-age writer Susan Savell.


1966- Workshops, classes, private lessons: singing, guitar, production, and using voice for well-being.


1979 Commissioned to score film Midwife by Michael Anderson, MD
1988 Commissioned to write music for Judy Grahn poems for a theatrical production in SF
1989 Produced and recorded tape of children making music as an adjunct to Sounds for Art, a children's art show
1989 Composed music as sound environment for a gallery exhibit of 6 clay artists
1989-90 Sound curator: compiled sound environments for 32 gallery exhibits of art work
1990 Commissioned to write music for interactive videodisc, Uji, for NY video artist
1990 Composed instrumental piece as sound environment for exhibition of paintings
1992 Composed instrumental piece for performance of works by Marin Arts Council grantees


1990, 1995 Composers grants from Marin Arts Council for Individual Artist

Community Outreach

1993-99 Co-founded and managed a community cable radio station, KSGV
1987-91 Co-created/ran Grounds for Art and Sounds for Art gallery program in San Geronimo Valley
1977-1987 Programmer for public radio station KPFA for 10 years (designing and presenting programs with a focus on women in the technical and artistic aspects of music)
2007 worked with Kate Munger, bringing singing to the women incarcerated in the Marin County Jail.