Terri Jo Box first heard country music riding in her Daddy’s 1971 Impala and fell in love. “I always dreamed of making the music on the other side of those speakers.” She grew up singing and playing in churches, rodeos, contests, festivals…and pretty much anywhere they’d let her jump stage and sing.
Terri Jo toured singing gospel music for a few years after college but with a dream of still “making it” in the Country world, she loaded up the U-haul and left Nacogdoches, Texas for Music City, to pursue her dual passion for writing a song and then singing it to see how the audience reacts. In the last few years, TJ has been focusing primarily on her writing: “It’s such a rush to finish one…they’re all my favorites.” Though Terri Jo loves the pure old school country sound, “My co-writers throw in some edge sometimes and that’s a fun change too.” Terri Jo’s vocals are raw and honest; she takes you there.
She also books and hosts multiple weekly singer/songwriter nights in Nashville: McGuinness Girls Night on Monday nights, at Dan McGuinness on Music Row, Tuesday nights at The Rusty Nail in Hermitage, and “Sing for Your Supper” with renowned writer Bobby Pinson at the Blue Bar. “It’s so much fun. I have gotten to meet so many other talented folks living the same dream, which makes me feel a little less crazy!” She’s picked up a few cuts this year: “What If I” on Chelsea Bain, “God Doesn’t’ Listen To The Odds” with Down Home and “Bible In A Garbage Can” with Gwen Sebastian from The Voice on NBC. No doubt the pictures she paints and the stories she tells will soon be coming through your radio speakers and you’ll be singing along too.
Jon was born on the dusty high plains of the Texas Panhandle, where the sun can burn a man by day, and the moon can freeze a man by night. The son of an agriculture teacher and a chemistry teacher, Jon grew up learning the value of hard work in the classroom, in the rodeo arena, on the football field, and on the family ranch.
After he graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in Mathematics, Jon spent the next ten years earning a living teaching school, while honing his song writing skills and developing his singing and guitar playing chops in honky tonks all over Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Louisiana.
In 1998, Jon moved to Nashville to pursue a career in songwriting. He continued teaching school in Cheatham County, and made the hour journey into town every afternoon to meet people in the music business and develop song writing relationships which he maintains to this day. “I never will forget the grind of getting to school every morning at 6 AM to get my lesson plans ready, then teaching kids algebra from 8 till 3, then hopping in my pickup and heading into town to write and not getting home till 11. But it was that period of time that put some crucial tools in my belt, strengthened my resolve, and deepened my faith in God and His plan for my life.”
In November 2004, Jon had a fruitful meeting with longtime music row icon and BMI Director of Writer Publisher Relations Shelby Kennedy, who placed a call to Paul Compton, who was Vice President of Murrah Music. Jon and Paul met soon after and hit it off immediately, and a songwriting agreement was signed that December.
Thanks to Jon’s hard work and the invaluable mentorship of Paul Compton and Roger Murrah, the cuts soon started coming. Jon’s first cut was the title track of the legendary George Jones’ album, “God’s Country”.
Now entering his sixth year of professional staff writing, Jon Henderson is poised to be a Breakthrough Writer in 2012. He currently has his first Top 30 hit in Craig Campbell’s “Family Man”, and Brad Paisley just recorded Jon’s “Toothbrush” for his upcoming album.
Jon is a committed Christian and he and his wife Kim have two boys, Cooper (7) and Campbell (4).