Albanus Thierry (hip hop) (aka “Terry”) was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. His love and passion for art started before he could talk. He began singing at 3 years old at his uncle’s church in the youth choir, and started perfecting the dance moves of legends Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and James Brown.
At the age of 6, Thierry lost his mother, bringing his family closer than ever. Determined to pursue his dreams, he recorded his first song at the age of 8 at Cumberland Elementary School, where he sang as a lead in the choir. He then went on to Wharton Arts Magnet Middle School. He started playing viola at age 10, cello at age 11, then trumpet at age 12. Thierry began acting at age 11, landing a major role in the musical Pinballs, and a year later, The Cast Aways. He also sung lead in the performance ensemble and was given the opportunity to perform for Isaac Hayes in middle school. Thierry was offered his first recording deal at 15.
While in high school, Thierry landed his first job dancing for the grande re-opening of the Opryland Hotel after the tragic Nashville flood of 2010, and then landed his first professional play at the Nashville Dinner Theatre in their production of Rent. He played at the Schermerhorn with the Nashville School of Arts Pop Ensemble, and also played at the grande opening of the Nashville Riverfront Park. Thierry spent time choreographing three dance pieces for Nashville School of the Arts (NSA). Through NSA, Thierry received the opportunity to audition for a singing group, Contagious, where he signed a recording deal with a label in London before he graduated. Thierry performed with NSA’s Pop Ensemble, a dance program at the legendary Grande Ole Opry, and has traveled the world performing in South America, Hawaii, Central America, and all throughout the United States. Thierry judged for the Legacy Dance Championships and has worked with Stacie Flood-Popp in her professional dance company. Albanus Thierry understands that talent, hard work, dedication, and determination are the ingredients to greatness.