Terry Woodford is a hit record producer, music publisher, songwriter, sound engineer, and educator who spent a lifetime developing, marketing, and selling music recordings, teaching students about the music business and coaching creative people on how to write songs that make money. He co-founded the nation’s first four-year degree program at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama to teach the ins and outs of the music business. He helped develop curriculum and taught courses in song writing, record production, recording studio techniques, and music publishing.
In 2000, he was recognized with the “Excellence in Leadership Award” from the University of North Alabama for program development. Many of his students and prodigies have become successful music company executives, hit song writers, music publishers, record producers and recording studio owners. One of his prodigies, Mac McAnally, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has won Country Musician of the Year for the last eight years. Currently Mac is Jimmy Buffet’s record producer. Terry’s additional accomplishments include:
Owned and operated Wishbone, an independent record production company and recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
· Founded five successful music publishing companies. Hired, coached, and published songwriters, and built the value of their copyrights to an appraised value of $3.2 million
· Awarded eight gold and three multi-platinum records as a song writer, music publisher, producer, recording engineer, or recording studio owner
· Co-produced, wrote and engineered “Scratchin”, a top ten most sampled instrumental track of the hip hop era. It was used on the recent Netflix TV series “The Get Down”
· Received a BMI Million Performance Award as the songwriter and publisher of Angel in Your Arms which was a hit twice and sold over two million copies
· Exclusive producer for Motown Records
· Sang on national radio commercials for Budweiser, American Dairy Association, and South Central Bell
· Served as a Member, Board of Governors, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Nashville Chapter (5 years)
· National finals judge for the American Song Festival (5 years)
· Chairman, Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Board of Directors (5 years). Raised four million dollars to build an Alabama Music Hall of Fame Museum and tourist attraction in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Terry wrote, produced, engineered and/or published songs for recordings by The Temptations, The Commodores, The Supremes, Hank Williams, Jr., Jimmy Buffet, Mac McAnally, Wayne Newton, Steppenwolf, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, Barbara Mandrell, Alabama, Lulu, Jerry Butler, Ronnie Milsap and many other recording artists.