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I, the Mountain

Raised on the mud banks of the Avon River, Nova Scotian funeral director-turned-songwriter Terra Spencer was recruited as a backup singer while scooping ice cream at a music festival. Nominated for 2024 CFMA Contemporary Singer of the Year, she can make you feel knee-to-knee with her in a room of 5 or 500 with her butterscotch vibrato, deft fingerstyle guitar, church bench piano, sly humour, and ‘70s wood-paneled warmth. Her startling knack for telling intimate stories caught the attention of Canadian musical mentors and collaborators like David Francey, Dave Gunning, and Matt Andersen. A favourite of festival stages including Mariposa, Deep Roots, and Lunenburg Folk Harbour, she has become a sought-after studio musician, co-writer, producer, and workshop facilitator. Recently her song “Brick and Mortar” was named the winner of the Commonwealth Song Contest out of 20,000 entries. In 2022 Terra toured across Canada and the UK with Ben Caplan in support of their joint record, Old News, named the 2023 Music NS Folk/Roots Recording of the Year and earning nominations for 2024 CFMA Folk Recording and Contemporary Singer of the Year. She is currently touring with Canadian folk icon David Francey. The writing of Randy Newman, the vibe of Carole King, the voice of Karen Carpenter: “The real deal.” – Ron Sexsmith