Terry Lynn Ellis (born September 5, 196 is an American singer–songwriter and actress. Ellis is best known as a founding member of the R&B/Pop vocal group En Vogue.
Southern Gal is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Terry Ellis, it was released on November 14, 1995 by EastWest Records.
The album was released during the time En Vogue were on a hiatus. The album includes the R&B Top 40 hit singles, “Where Ever You Are” and “What Did I Do To You?”
As a member of En Vogue, Terry Ellis was one of the few bright spots on an R&B landscape hopelessly glutted with formulaic, syrupy schmaltz. A creation of songwriter/producers Thomas McElroy and Denzil Foster, En Vogue were as prefabricated as the next guys and gals, but once the package came together, boy did they kick ass. Alive with the spirit of hip-hop, and informed by the classic soul and funk of Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and George Clinton–as opposed to the elevator music most current R&B aspires to–the female quartet easily stood out as one of the sassiest and most soulful crossovers since Labelle.
Looking to quadruple the singers’ output (as well as their profits), McElroy and Foster separated En Vogue into four solo acts–a liquidation that can only be cause for celebration given the prospect of four different follow-ups to En Vogue’s 1992 classic, Funky Divas. Unfortunately, Ellis’s Southern Gal–the first of the quartet’s lone shots–doesn’t quite live up to En Vogue’s legacy. Though it starts promisingly enough with “She’s a Lady,” a Southern-fried, violin-streaked, bouncing bass-lined sisterhood anthem, Southern Gal quickly descends into slow-tempo slush and sappy cliches (“It Ain’t Over,” “Where Ever You Are”) that make the songs indistinguishable from each other and from the countless other R&B ballads littering urban radio. The second half offers a bunch of fine moments, however: “Slow Dance”‘s flute hook, “You Make Me High”‘s gospel-funk chorus, and Ellis’s cover of Enchantment’s soul-soaked “It’s You That I Need.” But despite these high points, Southern Gal never recaptures Ellis’s Texas homegirl vibe, much less her funky divahood.
- “She’s a Lady” (Terry Ellis, Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy) (4:03)
- “It Ain’t Over” (Ellis, Foster, McElroy) (5:08)
- “Where Ever You Are” (Foster, McElroy) (4:58)
- “I Don’t Want to Wait Till Tomorrow” (Cam Wilson) (4:00)
- “What Did I Do to You?” (Ellis, Foster, McElroy) (4:18)
- “Slow Dance” (Ellis, Foster, McElroy) (4:20)
- “I Don’t Mind” (Marlon McClain, Ellis, Foster, McElroy) (5:17)
- “You Make Me High” (Foster, McElroy) (4:39)
- “Back Down Memory Lane” (McClain, Ellis, Foster, McElroy) (3:59)
- “It’s You That I Need” (Verdell Lanier, Michael Stokes) (4:19)
- “Sista Sista” (McClain, Ellis, Foster, McElroy) (4:43)
- “Southern Gal Interlude” (Nate Phillips, McClain, Ellis, Foster, McElroy) (1:!8)
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra Entertainment Group
- Copyright (c) – Elektra Entertainment Group
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
- Copyright (c) – WEA International Inc.
- Record Company – Warner Communications Inc.
- Made By – Warner Music Manufacturing Europe
- Recorded At – FM Studios
- Mixed At – FM Studios
- Recorded At – Studio 213
- Mixed At – Encore Studios
- Produced For – 2 Tuff-E-Nuff Productions
- Produced For – Nothin’ Personal Productions
- Published By – Two Tuff-E-Nuff Songs
- Published By – EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
- Published By – More Than A Tea Party
- Published By – Junkie Funk Music
- Published By – MacMan Music, Inc.
- Published By – Willow Girl Music Co.
- Published By – Sky Tower Music Ltd.
- Published By – Seventh & Shaver Music
- Published By – Disney Music Publishing
- Arranged By [String Arrangements] – Frank Martin
- Art Direction – Alli
- Backing Vocals [Additional Background Vocals] – Della Miles, Nikki Richelle, Puff Johnson, Ricky Valentino LaFontaine
- Bass – Nate Phillips
- Coordinator [Production Coordinator] – Angela Skinner, Marie McElroy
- Design – Jennifer
- Engineer [Mix] – Ken Kessie (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 12)
- Engineer [Recording] – Steve Counter (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 12)
- Executive-Producer – Denzil Foster And Thomas McElroy
- Guitar – Marlon McClain
- Keyboards, Drum Programming [Drum Machine Programming] – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
- Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Terry Ellis
- Management – Angela Quinones, David Lombard
- Other [Hair Stylist] – Edris Nicholls
- Other [Make-Up] – Troy Jensen
- Other [Styling] – Alex White
- Photography By – Enrique Badulescu
- Saxophone – Norbert Stachel
- Trumpet – Bill Ortiz
Released: November 14, 1995
Recorded: January, 1995 – September, 1995. Recorded and mixed at FM Studios, Oakland, CA
Track 4 recorded at Studio 213, North Hollywood, CA and mixed at Encore Studios, Burbank, CA
Genre: Soul, R&B, Hip Hop
Label – EastWest Records