Terrell K. Mercer hails from Suffolk, Virginia, United States. This independent artist uses his passionate voice and poetry to empower others and help them lead better lives. In this interview, you will learn more about his work and what inspires him.
Cendrine Marrouat: Hello Terrell, it is great to have you. First, tell us a little more about you.
Terrell K. Mercer: Thanks for having me, Cendrine. It’s an honour to be interviewed by you. As far as I go I am just ME. I am as under the radar as can be when it comes to focusing on me. I am more interested in hearing about and from others than discussing me. My love for God, my family and concern for my fellow man mean more to me than anything.
CM: When did you start writing poetry? Why did you choose to focus on spirituality?
TKM: I started writing at the age of 13 after the man I knew as my father was killed. That to me was a “final straw” in a list of things to cause me hurt early in life. So I began just writing for myself to get my feelings out. I didn’t really choose to focus on spirituality, it sort of just happened. I just write to inspire my fellow human beings to live a purpose filled life. There is so much more to us than to just take up space and flesh in my eyes.
CM: “Life, Hymns & Love Notes” is your first book. Was there a particular event that triggered your desire to write it?
TKM: I had this book in my heart for a while now. Talked about it for years and years but never set out to actually make it happen. Then I found myself unemployed and plenty of time on my hand. So I had to stop talking and begin doing. It was a six-month process to pray, consult and put the right things together as my gift to the world. Connected with Revolutionary Disciples Media and it was made into a reality.
CM: What is the story behind the title?
TKM: The title is the basic three things that keep me going. It is also how the book is broken up by sections. Various writings on our lives and some of my concerns for my fellow man. Pieces I had written then linked them to various church hymns and biblical scriptures of inspiration. Last but not least, LOVE. Love of our lives, those in our lives and letters to my family members.
CM: Tell us about your CD, titled “The Audible Experience.”
TKM: I am also a spoken word artist and I wanted people to hear the passion behind some of the writings from my book. It begins with a rendition of “I Need Thee,” written by Annie S. Hawks and sung by a friend of mine. It’s an offering of three pieces from the book and three performance pieces of mine not in the book. The topics range from reminding women of their self worth, how WE play games with one another’s lives. Also has my view on the part of the music industry, my plea to those thinking of abortion and just a bit about me. I close out in prayer to remind everyone that there is hope for us all.
CM: How have Canadian audiences reacted to your work, so far? Have you noticed a difference with Americans?
TKM: No great response yet from Canada as a whole but I get love from my “family” in Toronto. T. Dot stand up! I’ve been blessed to know some from my church organization from there who are also fellow artists. I think the difference I would notice is many more Americans think I say things to be different or to be seen. My brothers from Canada have told me I can be too blunt at times. Those that know me and my family will know I’m the one who bites his tongue.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, blogger, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com