Terry McDermott Biography
McDermott became a singer in the Aberdeen-based Driveblind that was founded originally as a collaboration and two-piece singer-songwriter partnership between McDermott on vocals and Nick Tyler on lead guitar. After recording a number of songs together released on cassette, more members joined in, namely Cameron Taylor (rhythm guitar), Jack Morrice (bass guitar), Dave Nicholson (keyboards) and Dave McKay (drums). After quickly establishing themselves in the local Aberdeen music scene, they travelled for shows in New York and Los Angeles in spring 2003, eventually basing themselves in the latter that summer, after being signed to A&M Records. President of A&M Ron Fair became the head Of Geffen Records soon after, taking Driveblind with him to the label. Driveblind released a debut self-titled album Driveblind on 24 October 2006, via Geffen Records. The band toured extensively throughout the US supporting and performing with acts such as Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, Candlebox, Whitestarr, Nikka Costa, Matisyahu, The Bravery, Hot Hot Heat, The Charlatans UK and English band The Thieves. This was followed by an EP, entitled The Future You Were Promised with all new materials in 2008.
After things fell through, McDermott left Los Angeles for New Orleans where he settled with his wife and son. In 2009, he formed yet another rock and alternatve pop band called Lotus Crush with Candlebox members Peter Klett and Scott Mercado (who met McDermott when Driveblind supported Candlebox in 2006) and MIGGS member John Luzzi. Based in Seattle, Lotus Crush released its debut album Half Light Morning released on Fontana on March 3, 2011, appearing at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas the following month.
He has also been part of a formation called Northsouth with Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser. McDermott takes part in vocals, guitar and production.
On August 1, 2012, Terry McDermott auditioned for Season 3 of the NBC television show The Voice.
His performance of the hit "Baba O'Riley", from The Who, was broadcast on September 10, 2012 opening the Blind Auditions of the third season of the show. Three of the four judges (Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton) hit the "I Want You" button. Terry chose to be a part of Team Blake.
During the Battle Rounds, McDermott performed the Kansas song "Carry On Wayward Son", with country singer Casey Muessigmann. Both singers received praise for their performance, but Blake Shelton chose to continue with Terry.