#BreakingTheIce: Terra Bella

Husband and wife duo Terra Bella may have California roots but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to write a damn good country song. Their first full-length project There’s A Country Song was released on May 1st on all digital platforms. The talented couple will partake in a radio tour as they make the track “Wild One” their focal point. This album was recorded in their home studio and it’s a nine-track country lovers dream. When two amazingly talented artists take vows and join forces, magic happens. Terra Bella is everything country music needs right now, they are gifted with passion and knowledge of the art of music. They don’t just sing it, they live it!

1. Where are you answering these questions from & what are you wearing?
J: We are in our home studio and I’m wearing a shirt our nieces and nephew bought me that says ‘funcle, another term of uncle just way cooler.’
M: I’ve got messy hair, gym shorts and a Faren Rachels tee on.

2. What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?

J: I wear a few hats in Terra Bella: Songwriter, singer, guitarist, and producer. I LOVE making music with the love of my life… It seriously can’t get any better than that.

M: I’m the chick in country music duo, Terra Bella! Being a married duo with my best friend and getting to sing with him every day is an absolute blessing. Our fans make my world go round. I get to travel to different cities and swap stories with them through music. How freakin’ cool is that?!

3. What are 3 things you CANNOT live without?

J: Family, Music, Mexican Food.

M: Family, music, and animals.

4. What’s the first concert you’ve ever attended?

J: Chris LeDoux at the King’s County Fair in the early 90’s. LIFE CHANGING show!

M: Garth Brooks 1993. From that moment on, I knew the kind of person I wanted and hoped to be someday.

5. How long have you been playing music together?

We sang together the night we met so that makes it about 9 years now.

6. What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?

J: Here recently it’s hit me that none of us are promised tomorrow so don’t put off being the person you want to be.

M: You have got to believe and love yourself first before you can move any mountain.

7. Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in music city?

J: My favorite bar in Nashville is probably Robert’s Western World on Broadway. Always top notch musicians playing old-school country, it’s like walking into a time machine.

M: Nashville Palace! The layout of the venue and the music that comes through there reminds me why I love country music so damn much.

8. If you could collaborate with any other duo, who would you pick and why?

J: Brooks and Dunn hands down for me. Ronnie has one of my favorite voices of all time and Kix is a great writer and seems like a fun guy to hang with.

M: The Judds are at the top of my list when it comes to my heroes. I’ve wanted to sing with them since I was old enough to talk.

9. Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?

J: I have to pick one? From purely a singing standpoint I have to say Daryle Singletary. I have major voice envy with that guy.

M: Are you all asking me to seriously pick ONE? Sorry, I cant. I LOVE THEM ALL! Literally listening to a 90’s playlist while answering this interview!

10. Besides music, do you have any other talents or hobbies?

J: I like cooking and drinking beers with my friends.

M: Riding horses and swimming

11. Do you have a favorite place to perform?

J: So far The Visalia Fox Theater in our hometown has been my favorite.

M: The Woodward Park Amphitheater in Fresno, CA. An outdoor venue that puts you right next to fans. Love it!

12. What’s one gift you will never forget?

J: I’ve received a few pieces of music gear over the last few years from really good friends that request to go unnamed, but every time I use those I think of them and I ALWAYS will.

M: I was given my Grandpa Fernando Loya’s American flag that he brought home from the Korean War. It is worn and tattered from being flown there. I will cherish it forever.

13. What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it? 

Hope Haven in Eufaula, OK is an animal shelter that contacted us recently to headline their fundraiser. They pair shelter dogs, that have gone through training, with Veterans suffering from PTSD.  Learning more about what they do has truly opened our eyes and HEARTS more.

14. How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?

J: Songwriters are the backbone of Nashville and music in general. Being a songwriter myself I know how much time and effort we dedicate to our craft, and how many great songs we have to write for one of them to hit.

M: They are the reason some artist even exist. Just think, without the lyrics of Dean Dylan we may have never had the voice of George Strait. Nothing but love and respect for songwriters.

15. What’s one super power you wish you had?

J: The ability to fly.

M: Teleportation. Sometimes 36 hours from home can wear on a person.

16. You’re making your favorite sandwich… what’s on it?

J: Steak, grilled onions, cheese.

M: Turkey, LTP, provolone.

17. Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?

J: Again with the only one thing? IF I had to only pick one I’d say Bruce Springsteen, such a versatile prolific songwriter and probably one of the most captivating live performers I’ve ever seen.

18. What makes you laugh out loud?

J: Dustin Huff (If you don’t know him look him up)

M: My dad’s jokes. My father in law has some good ones too!

19. Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…

J: Tacos

M: I walk in.

20. Fill in the blank: Country music inspires me because…

It inspires US because It’s about REAL LIFE.

Author: Brittany Vance

West Virginia born & bred living life in the DMV. I believe in kind hearts & strong drinks. Mom of two boys and Autism advocate. Music is not only powerful but magical. In the words of Merle Haggard: Good music will live forever. I am here to share that music with each of you.

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