In 2003, Terri Walker took her native London with authority. Untitled, her Def Soul debut, featured 14 slices of hot-buttered neo-soul that relaxed comfortably between tradition and the latest thing; it was an immediate hit, and Walker soon found herself vying against Beyoncé Knowles
for Best Album honors at that year's Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards.
Walker studied opera as a child, and pointed to this training as reason for her fluid, effortlessly shifting vocal style. By 17, she was actively pursuing music. She had designs on a career as a soul singer, modeled after influences like Aretha Franklin
, Chaka Khan
, and Mica Paris
. However, the big sound at the time was U.K. garage, so Walker found herself contributing vocals to tracks from types like Shanks & Bigfoot
. All the same, she never lost sight of soul goal, and eventually hooked up with a stable of producers who were thinking the same thing. By 2002, traditionalism and organic sounds were making waves with hip-hop and urban soul audiences, and Terri Walker's sound fit right in. Untitled dropped in early 2003, featuring collaborations with Mos Def
and Blueblood, and the accolades started rolling in. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi