Chicago producer launches “We Are One” music project to unite city, spur action
Song, video aim to motivate new volunteers, attract resources for youth-serving organizations
November 18, 2013 (CHICAGO)—After the violent death of his young son’s friend earlier this year, Chicago house music producer and DJ Terry Hunter wanted to do something to not only express his grief and frustration, but to inspire people to act together for change. He’s hoping that the result, a new track, entitled “We Are One”, featuring “Slique” Jay Adams, becomes an anthem and a movement that improves communities.
Hunter will release the song via his T’s Box Records label on Traxsource, iTunes. We Are One will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to organizations working with youth and those affected by violence, including Kids Off the Block, Chicago’s Citizens for Change and the Hadiya Pendleton Foundation. Hunter also is working to build relationships and partnerships between the organizations, local businesses and prospective volunteers.
“My hope is that ‘We Are One’ gets people moving, and gets them thinking about what’s happening in Chicago,” says Hunter. “More importantly, I hope it inspires them to translate their feelings into positive action in our neighborhoods.”
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Hunter is using his music industry contacts to drum up support of the project, asking local artists and businesses to donate volunteer time and financial resources to its charitable partners. He’s also tapped into his networks to produce a video featuring Chicago youth, artists and celebrities. The video will premiere at a reception later this month, and Hunter is planning additional events to raise awareness of the project and link individuals with opportunities to give in their communities.
About DJ Terry Hunter
Born and raised in Chicago, DJ and producer Terry Hunter was introduced to music by his father, a DJ who played mostly soul and disco music at a west side tavern. Terry got his first big DJ break while still a teenager, and in 1990, as the Chicago house music sound was exploding internationally, he produced his first release, “Madness”, which became an underground hit. Since then, Terry has contributed production talents to remixes for top artists, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Byron Stingily (of Chicago’s Ten City), Barbara Tucker, La India, Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly. In 2004, Terry launched his own label, T’s Box Records, to develop and produce the next generation of house music talent. In 2006, he became the first new member of Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs in nearly 30 years. In 2007, Terry released a global dance classic, “Wonderful” featuring Chicago songstress Terisa Griffin, and followed that with a well-received remix of Marshall Jefferson’s house music anthem, “Move Your Body” and a hit remix of Avery Sunshine’s “Ugly Part Of Me”. Terry also keeps busy with a successful residency, Bang! Sundays at Chicago’s The Shrine nightclub and maintains a hectic international touring schedule.