American Music Educators is a curated group of professional artists/educators who speak about the craft of writing, recording and performing American music.  Our professionals focus on nurturing American music history, the evolution of music styles, instruments, songwriting, civil rights, theater and state presentations and more through interactive presentations that educate on subject matters and social engagements that surround our American culture.

American Music Educators’ are rich storytellers whom interact in an engaging format and are adept at speaking to all age groups. All have honed the talent of teaching as much as the art of performing.  All are experienced in collegiate education and are experts in the field of American music.

Whether it’s discovering the past, the present or the future, American Music Educators’ are qualified. American Music Educators are here to provide programs that educate whether already written or designed just for you.

Contact

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/AGENT: Ellen Foster. ellen@tinaterryagency.com / DIRECT:804-304-7077

ASSISTANT AGENT: Tony Holiday, tony@tinaterryagency.com / DIRECT: 901-232-2523

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Sue Luley / sue@tinaterryagency.com / DIRECT: 336-273-0446

Artists

Gaye Adegbalola

Teacher, Storyteller, Activist, American Blues Singer/ Songwriter

Gaye Adegbalola is no stranger to education. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Media, with a concentration in photography, from Virginia State University. In the early ’70’s, Gaye began her teaching career. She was an educator in the Fredericksburg City Public School system for 18 years and was honored as Virginia State Teacher of the Year in 1982. Throughout her teaching career, she directed Harambee 360 Experimental Theater.  She creatively used performance as a tool to assist black youth in gaining confidence as they struggled with identity issues during the spread of “integration.”
During her teaching career, Gaye moonlighted as a musician. By maintaining the blues legacy, she now sees herself as a contemporary griot or storyteller, keeping the history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken and finding joy in the mundane. She was a founding member of Saffire- the Uppity Blues Women who became an American musical treasure with a very big fan base. They remained together and continuously toured over 25 years.
 
Gaye has toured internationally extensively including “edutainment” tours for the State Department in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. She is a Blues Music Award winner.  She is the recipient of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Music for her children’s CD, “Blues in All Flavors.”
A dynamic speaker and a natural teacher, Gaye Adegbalola can engage, provoke, and inspire just about any audience.

Guy Davis

An Ambassador of The Blues

Guy Davis once said, “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have the dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust off just enough to see its beauty is something Guy has excelled at for over thirty years of songwriting and performing. It’s no wonder his reverence for the music of the Blues Masters who’ve gone before him has been evident in every album he’s ever recorded or concert he’s given.
Guy has had his musical storytelling influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, and his musicality from artists as diverse as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Babatunde Olatunji. Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An Ambassador of the Blues”. Continuing his mission to spread the blues around the world, Guy has lately been doing more teaching. “I’ve had beginning and intermediate students, and I try to give them enough of the basics that they can go into a jam session, and create more licks out of the ones they know. And I try to give them a bit of my philosophy. To my mind you can treat these songs as recombinant DNA, you can own it and you can create something new with it. And I didn’t sign any papers, but I can claim an ownership to the blues.”
Guy was awarded the Robert H Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts for 2017.

Phil Wiggins

America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso

While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake region, his mastery of the instrument now transcends stylistic boundaries.  Born in Washington D.C. in 1954, Phil Wiggins achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the premier Piedmont blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins. Since the death of guitarist and singer John Cephas in 2009, Phil brought his harmonica wizardry to bear in a variety of musical collaborations.”  Phil’s teaching experience is broad and includes organizations such as
National Council for the Traditional Arts, Everyday Theatre, Art and Drama Therapy Institute, Augusta Heritage Workshop, Blues Week, Centrum Blues Week, and Lorton Youth Center.