Aliss Valerie Terrell
Words and music: English, Français & Русский
A quirk of fate parachuted me down into an experimental school where I started singing, dancing, and acting at age 4. French and Russian lessons there opened a path from my rural D.C. suburb out into the world.
My family didn’t have money but a double language major in college got me scholarships for summer study at the University of Saint Petersburg, Russia and then the Bryn Mawr Program in Avignon, France.
Back in the US, hungry for more adventure, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University and landed a Fulbright to do my Masters in Russian at the Sorbonne. Arriving in Paris, I found myself in great demand as a singer and launched into a music career, recording for Virgin, Polydor and Gaumont, promoting my songs on TV, radio, and at major venues like the Zénith and the Olympia. I also worked as a singer and dancer for other artists.
Moving on, I produced my own CD’s: M’Blue/Jazzit, Le Resto Karmique (also playing the female lead in the stage-version) and Aliss Terrell & Mister Lips. I was the first person ever to star in a music video shot on Red Square, my Russian Rap, “Life is Kife.” (Other Youtube videos include Meridian Sky, So Long, and the My Paris series).
There were many contracts to do lyrics and music for TV shows (Les Guignols de l’Info, Sous le soleil, Corto Maltèse + animated series); film (Régine, Une femme très amoureuse), and the stage (Soweto, a French musical about Nelson and Winnie Mandela).
While a new mom, I took a break from “the road” to write articles about fashion for Actuastyl Magazine (Promostyl, Paris) and about kids for LEADER Magazine (GSUSA, New York). This led to writing and adapting French screenplays and subtitling French movie hits including Oscar-winning La môme (La Vie en Rose) and La journée de la jupe, awarded a César. I contributed poems to anthologies like The Joy That Follows.
I’ve always loved the visual arts and two of my photography “Sketchbooks” are on view at the Brooklyn Art Library (Love From Leningrad and A Long Line of Monsters).
In 2015, I was selected by C & A, the European retail clothing giant to write and perform in a major internet ad campaign, “Back to School.”
Recently I’ve published 4 interviews with visionary activists in The Trump Antidote, an online global voices journal.
Current project: a memoir about my teenage summer in the USSR and my return there to adopt my son.
Coming soon: a new song release, a video, and performing again:
Margaritas at Midnight with Brit band Rough Score, my first music video as DIRECTOR: