Born in Haida Gwaii off the west coast of Canada, she began singing Haida songs when there were few Haida singers practicing their musical tradition due to cultural oppression. She learned the songs from her grandmothers, and then spent 30 years seeking out and recording traditional Haida songs. She received a ‘Keeper of Traditions’ Canadian Aboriginal Music Award in 2008.
In 2011 Terri-Lynn released ‘New Journeys’ and was named ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. She worked with classical composer Bruce Ruddell, adding instrumentation to songs sung in Haida which was a new concept. Traditionally, indigenous songs contained no instrumentation and relied on drums and voice to tell the stories.
‘New Journeys” was named one of the top 10 Most Influential Indigenous Albums of 2011 by RPM Indigenous Music Culture.