After receiving a degree in Marketing from Prairie View A&M University, Terry joined En Vogue. Originally formed to be a trio, the group's producers were so impressed by Terry's voice, they made the group a quartet.
Terry Ellis has a 5 octave vocal range which was displayed in the En Vogue song, "Don't Go." She often shared leads, or lead the group songs that were funky, and soulful. In group harmonies, Terry usually sings the Alto arrangement, which is above Maxine Jones, but under Dawn Robinson, or Cindy Herron.
In 1995 Ellis, who was originally from Houston, Texas took time during the group's hiatus to release her solo CD, Southern Gal. The CD included the moderate hits "Where Ever You Are" (r&b #10) and "What Did I Do To You?" (r&b top 40). She also contributed a track called "Call on me" for the Soundtrack for the HBO Film "Disappearing Acts" with Wesley Snipes.
The group have won more MTV Video Music Awards than any other female group in MTV history, a total of seven, along with four Soul Train Awards, six American Music Awards, and seven Grammy nominations. According to Billboard Magazine they were the 18th most successful act of the 1990s, and one of the most popular and successful female groups of all time. En Vogue have accumulated over 2,800 weeks on various Billboard charts.
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