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." Garthwaite, Rosalie Sorrels and Bobbi Louise Hawkins performed together on the road, and recorded an album together, "Live at the Great American Music Hall." Terry's recent recordings and writing focus on the healing nature of music. She currently leads vocal retreats, drum circles, and singing classes.
Q: How would you characterize Rosalie's voice, her sound?
A: Rosalie's sound.nothing like it. Cuts like a knife, purrs like a kitten. It's an interesting vehicle because she can use it.as a jazz vehicle or as story vehicle or in her folk songs, and all of those things have different tone to them. I think probably one of the things that I love the most about working with her musically is that she has that breadth of tone.
Q: What is it like being on stage, working, collaborating with Rosalie?
A: It's always like having the best seat in the house. It brought me back to being a solo performer within the context of good company, and what a wonderful way to perform. You're not there by yourself with an audience. You're there in the best of company with the audience, so I feel very fortunate to have been able to do that.
She's got a great sense of humor. She tells wonderful stories and I think probably the aspect of doing stories in song is something that has not been in my musical history.
Q: What role do Rosalie's stories have in her performance?
A: A big role. I think it's hard to know whether the stories wind around the songs or the songs are a vehicle for the stories. They all segue so beautifully together that it's of a piece. I think they are equally important.
"Rosalie's sound.nothing like it. Cuts like a knife, purrs like a kitten."
Q: Do you view Rosalie as a folk singer?
A: I think of her as a folk legend, but not as a folk singer, because she is so much more than that, because her stories are so wonderfully told and so "spot on" for the listener. There's a lot to be learned from her stories.