Fri. Oct. 22, 2021

Chantay Savage & Terry Hunter – Holidays (Main Mix)

Chantay Savage & Terry Hunter – Holidays (Terry Hunter Main Mix) (T’s Box)

Strange as to how these collabs between Chicago pals Chantay Savage and Terry Hunter may give an impression of ‘Holidays’. Don’t get me wrong though as whenever talkin’ about “holidays”, I mean an impression of easiness, if not of evidence. The twosome obviously speakin’ the same language. With the result being, as one might guess, once more classy.

‘Holidays’… Seeing the light right on time for the upcoming Christmas period, with sparkling keys courtesy of Ivory Vaughn.

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– The first time I heard Chicago native Chantay Savage singin’ brings me back to 1992. At the time, she was sharing the bill with the late Donnell Rush. This under the Body 2 Body banner with the Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley remixed ‘Let’s Get Intimate’. Meanwhile she would also deliver ‘If You Believe On You’ on her own and ‘I Gotta Hold On You’ with Maurice Joshua. This before delivering her debut-album – ‘Here We Go’ – and, by that, do her debut on RCA in 1993.

By 1995, she landed her voice on ‘Freedom’ as a part of the ‘Panther’ OST. This along with a plethora of luminaries. From Aaliyah to Mary J. Blige, En Vogue and SWV. But also TLC, Crystal Waters and Zhané to name a few. Meanwhile she would score her biggest success the year after with her cover version of Gloria Gaynor‘s ‘I Will Survive’. The leading cut of her ‘I Will Survive {Doin’ It My Way}’ album. Her third and final album seeing the light back in 1999.

From then on, she had more sporadic activities. This until 2014 which marked her return with producer Terry Hunter on ‘Let Nobody’. Itself followed by ‘Summer’ and ‘Holidays’ in 2015 then ‘Alone Tonight’ in 2016.

Savage also happened to make quite a reputation for herself as a songwriter. Beginning for CeCe Peniston (‘We Got A Love Thing’) back in 1991. But also Shay Jones (‘When Love Calls’) that same year. Not to mention Tanya Blount (‘Natural Thing’) in 1994. And, more recently, both ‘Summer’, ‘Holidays’ and Alone Tonight’ with production work courtesy of Terry Hunter in 2015 and 2016.

– A Chicago, IL, native Terry Hunter has travelled the globe sharing his passion for soulful House Music. His dad, a DJ who played mostly Soul and Disco at a West Side tavern, introduced him to music at a very early age. As a matter of fact, none of them could have imagined Terry‘s remarkable future career. Be it as a DJ, producer and remixer.

First and foremost a lover of all music, Hunter has delivered House Music remixes for countless talents. From Michael Jackson to Mary J. Blige. But also R. Kelly and Janet Jackson. Not to mention Barbara Tucker and Byron Stingily of the Ten City fame.

Terry has also collaborated with close friend Kenny Dope of Masters At Work on numerous projects. Eventually remixing Kanye West‘s ‘Addicted’ back in 2005. And also producing Mass Destruction‘s ‘Get’em High’ featuring Mr. V. 4 years later. Last but not least, the man has also co-written and produced cuts for R&B/artist Raheem DeVaughn and Syleena Johnson.

He launched his own label, T’s Box Records, back in 2004 with the aim to develop and produce the next generations of House Music superstars. In 2007, He released the soulful House instant classic ‘Wonderful’ featuring Terisa Griffin. Then 5 years later, the twosome went for an encore with ‘Yes’. He eventually came to collaborate with Chicagoan vet singer Chantay Savage. With this resulting in gems such as ‘Summer’ and ‘Holidays’. And he also shared the bill with Jo(h)n Pierce on ‘The Message’. Then he reworked ‘Waking Up With You’ by the likes of British R&B singer Daniel de Bourg. This before resurrecting the first take of R. Kelly‘s ‘It’s Your World’.

Always in high demand for his unique production and remix skills, Terry continues to regularly churn out hits in the studio. How to not give a mention to his brilliant rework of Gianluca Pighi, Massimo Paramour and Ahmad Larnes ‘Ever Stop’ on Makin Moves? Then, more recently to ‘Love Alibi’ which he reassembled for Divine Brown???

In 2006, Terry was selected as the first new member in nearly 30 years of Chicago’s legendary DJ crew the Chosen Few DJs. A group which consists of Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett and Mike Dunn. Altogether, they host the annual ‘Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic’ every July on the South side of Chicago. It is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated House Music festival events in the world.

Always innovating, Terry also conceived and co-produced the first “Chicago House DJ Day” on Jan. 09, 2011. It was a history-making celebration. The event brought together and honored the 100 Most Influential DJ’s in Chicago House Music from 1975-1995.

That same year in December, Terry launched his wildly popular weekly residency, Bang Sunday, at the Shrine nightclub in Chicago. Bang filled a void in Chicago’s house music landscape, as a weekly House Music party emphasizing new soulful House Music.
Every Sunday at Bang, he presides over a packed house of soulful House Music devotees. There, he shares the stage with local and international guest DJs and performers. Among them, Louie Vega, Black Coffee, Joe Claussell, the Chosen Few DJs, Bucie and Josh Milan

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