Gabriel Amanyi (Terry G)

Last Modified: 
27 Feb 2011

Gabriel Oche Amanyi aka “Terry G”, the first child of four children born to Lagos based clergy parents, attended Starfield Educational Centre in Lagos but due to financial constraints could not further his education.

Terry was introduced to music by his mother, a choir mistress, who encouraged Terry to join the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Praise Palace, Oko-Oba choir and his time as a chorister enabled Terry to learn the basics of music. True to his roots, Terry started as a gospel artiste but the lure of financial security made him switch to pop music and the decision seems to have paid off as he has now found fame and fortune through pop music.

After his switch, Terry had his tutelage under one of Nigeria’s star musician, Faze, providing back-up vocals and honing his music skills. He shot to national limelight in 2006 when he was featured on Kemistry’s hit single “Shake”, a song which he also produced, the first sign of his versatility in music.

When in 2008, he released the hit single “Love You Sexy” off his debut album “Free Me” it was an instant hit due to the beautiful lyrics and classy dancehall beat.  His debut album also contained hit songs like “Otipe”, “Shile” and “Ihotu”.

Terry who sings in English, Yourba and Idoma is adept at playing the guitar and keyboard. His weird but addictive songs are characterized by deep lyrics, unique keyboard sounds and distinctive signature jingles. By the time he produced and featured on 2Shots “In Case You Never Know” and IllBliss “Aye Po Gan”, his credential as a talented songwriter, producer and musician was long established.

His second album titled “Ginjah Ur Swaggah Season 1” was released in late 2009 and contained the monster hit “Free Madness”, a song which cemented Terry’s place in Nigeria music industry. He would later win the “Best Street Hop” award at the 2010 Hip Hop World Awards held in Lagos in May 2010.

Terry G, who is the creator of “Chante Chante” style of music, is one of the most sought after producers and collaborators in Nigeria music and aside from 2Shots and IllBliss, he has produced or featured in songs for the likes of Timaya, Ay.com, Igho, Jamix, Jaywon, Terry tha Rapman, Naeto C and many more.

Though a controversial artiste, Terry has carved a niche for himself in Nigeria music scene thereby cementing his place as one of the top entertainment stars in the country.