This might be my first Broadway interview that hardly centers around Broadway- or even entertainment- at all. Terron Brooks is known for his starring role in NBC’s miniseries The Temptations where he played Eddie Kendricks, as well as star turns in The Lion King and Hairspray, but he’s also in the business of inspiration. With a passion for living authentically and a contagiously hopeful spirit, Terron is always dreaming impossible dreams no matter what his circumstances are.
About our guest, Terron Brooks
Terron Brooks has traveled many roads in his life and career. On his journey there have been plenty of lessons, but the greatest has been discovering his authentic self and using his gifts to serve humanity. Through music, acting, writing, and speaking, Terron defies labels and breaks boundaries, encouraging all to reach their highest potential.
“Knowing my purpose to inspire keeps me going,” Terron, a two-time NAACP Award nominee, says. “I want people to feel like somebody sees and hears them. We are all connected in this life.”
Terron welcomed 2021 by signing a deal with Mercia Records with distribution through SONY MUSIC/The Orchard Internationally. He’s currently working on a new music project that promises to honor timeless songs with his signature brand of inspirational soul.
A native of Southern California, Terron’s dreams were formed through music. With a voice described by the Los Angeles Times as “smooth and soulful,” many of the artists whose music colored his world, he’s had the pleasure of performing with. Those artists include Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, David Foster, Randy Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Peter Cetera, Lizz Wright, Yolanda Adams, Sheila E., and One Republic. On Smokey Robinson’s record, Smokey and Friends, Terron’s vocals can be heard on six songs.
Terron’s artistry has taken him all over the world. He’s toured with the legendary Phil Collins and Golden Globe and Tony-nominated star Matthew Morrison. He also opened for The New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys’ tour. As a guest artist for the Atlanta, Colorado, and Taiwan Symphony Orchestras, he has delighted audiences with classic songs from Disney productions.
His Broadway credits include Simba in Disney’s The Lion King and Seaweed in Hairspray. He was also featured in the World Premieres of Sleepless in Seattle: The Musical and First Wives Club: The Musical. For his role as Daddy Brubeck in Sweet Charity, Terron earned an Ovation Award nomination.
His passion to develop and celebrate music, lead him to co-create and star in The Soul of Broadway, a show that offers Broadway classics to an audience in a fresh and contemporary way. About the production, Broadway World Los Angeles declared, “The sold-out evening proved to be a highlight of the 2019 season.”
No stranger to television, Terron is widely recognized for his critically acclaimed role as the great Eddie Kendricks in the Emmy Award-winning NBC mini-series The Temptations. He’s also starred in PureFlix’s hit feature HavFaith with Gary Sturgis and Brooklyn Tankard. Additionally, he’s sung on The Voice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, American Idol, and on numerous soundtrack albums including the Grammy-winning Hairspray, Tears from the Sun, The Adventures of Brer Rabbit, and ABC’s Gepetto.
Not only did Terron star in the hit romantic comedy All About You with the legendary Debbie Allen and Hamilton star Renee Elise Goldsberry, he co-wrote its theme song and contributed original material to the movie’s soundtrack, produced by American Idol’s Rickey Minor.
With the innate need to give back, motivate, and guide, he released his first book, Something GoOD on the Table: Practical Proverbs for the Soul in 2018.
As Terron continues to open new doors, he makes sure he leads with his heart. With all he creates, he wants people to know that no matter how rough or dark a day may seem, it is a gift — and there is always “Tomorrow.”
- Y’all, I’ve listened to Terron’s podcast Honest Answers, and it is incredibly special! Listen to it on his website here.
- Our favs: Paul Milliken, Honest Answers with Terron Brooks, The Lion King, Hairspray, “The Soul of Broadway,” The Man of La Mancha, The Phantom of the Opera, Annie, The Pantages Theatre, The Temptations
- Special thanks to Peachy Corners Cafe and Roam for being the best editing offices.
- BGP would not be possible without behind-the-scenes team members Thomas Fuller and Elise Friderich.
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