On the Beat With Terry Silverlight: Upcoming Albums and More

Terry Silverlight

Hello, MD readers! I’d like to share recent news of my drumming and musical activities.

My new drum instruction video is available to stream or download at and I’m honored to be on the impressive roster of multi-instrumentalists. I feel this video would be of interest not only to drummers but also to musicians, as it’s a glimpse into the mechanics of groove drumming (even and swing) and how it applies to ensemble playing.

I play drums on Billy Ocean’s new double album, Here You Are–The Best Of, produced by Barry Eastmond, which recently reached number four on the UK charts. It will be released in the US and internationally this fall on the Sony Music label. The first CD contains songs that inspired Billy while growing up in his native Trinidad and is produced in a current perspective. (It was great playing with bassist Freddie Washington on several tracks!) The second CD is a selection of Billy’s past original hits, several that I played drums on, including “Suddenly,” There’ll Be Sad Songs,” “Love is Forever,” and “Color of Love.”

I’m also involved with two new solo artist albums. Duets showcases my drumming, writing, and production “dueting” on each track with a different musician and instrument and includes Will Lee on electric bass, Paul Shaffer on organ, and Morris “Arnie” Lang on timpani. Smooth introduces my silkier side. You can view both at and Advertisement

Two straight ahead jazz albums I also enjoyed playing on are Dave Shank’s In Due Time with John Patitucci on bass and Barry Miles on piano, (it was the final session engineer Roger Nichols recorded before his passing), and pianist Ted Brancato’s The Next Step with Ron Carter on bass. On the flip side musically, keep an eye out this fall for a new album by Don Brewer Jr.’s New Blues Underground, a punk/rock EP by seventeen-year-old Emily Spector, and a Cream Wheels of Fire tribute performance with guitarist/vocalist Richie Ranno and bassist/vocalist Gregg Hollister.

You can check out my own latest music video “Meaning of Love,” in which I multitask (drums, keyboards, vocals, composer, and music and video production) at

Modern Drummer has always been the go-to haven for the drumming community, and has welcomed me for years. I look forward to keeping everyone informed with what’s going on, and hope you’re interested in my drumming/musical endeavors past, present, and future! Thanks for reading! Advertisement

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