photo // Vernon Webb
Terrence Houston was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Houston was raised in a home where music is the focal point. He received his first drum kit at age four, by age seven was playing every Sunday in church. Houston’s family had a gospel group that included his mother and aunts. Up until age 14, he studied with Lawrence Jackson, who is currently the director of bands at Southern University. In high school, Houston’s passion and love for drums and music grew, and he became the Snare Drum Section Leader and Drum Captain. His studies in music performance continued at Southern University under the tutelage of Herman Jackson & Derrick Hillard. Houston was quickly becoming recognized for his talent, and began touring and performing with hip hop act 2Hipnotic, and shortly after that with a rock cover band on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. He has also performed and recorded with Jermyn Poole, Tyree Neal, Level Six, Fathat Band and Déjà vu.
Shortly after moving to New Orleans, Houston’s talent was heard by George Porter Jr (legendary bassist for the Meters), who quickly hired him to play drums in his solo project, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners. There he met Khris Royal (saxophone extraordinaire) forming Khris Royal and Dark Matter shortly thereafter. Porter fondly labeled Terrence the “Groove Guardian”. His attention to the pocket, steady rhythms, and energetic presence is exciting and infectious as well as catching the attention of everyone who sees him.
Houston can be found currently touring and recording with George Porter Jr & Runnin’ Pardners, as well as with Khris Royal and Dark Matter. He’s also in demand playing around New Orleans with “Pocket Time” feat Cornell Williams and Derwin “Big D” Perkins, Up Close & Personal.