T-Ran Gilbert: Out to make history

Why the Lee graduate has become an international sensation

WILLIAM WRIGHT Lifestyles Editor
Posted 5/20/15

He was nominated for a Dove award, has toured in six countries and three continents, and was honored with a Key to the City of Chattanooga in 2011.

Now, the talented Terran Gilbert, better …

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T-Ran Gilbert: Out to make history

Why the Lee graduate has become an international sensation

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He was nominated for a Dove award, has toured in six countries and three continents, and was honored with a Key to the City of Chattanooga in 2011.

Now, the talented Terran Gilbert, better known as “T-Ran,” has a new contemporary Christian song, “Need You Now,” featured in the TV One original movie “For The Love of Ruth” which premiered May 9.

The movie, produced by Swirl Films, was inspired by the biblical book of Ruth and stars Denis Boutte as Ruth Summerling, Loretta Devine as Naomi Marachond and Gary Dourdan as Braxton Marachond. The movie is currently in rotation on TV One. “Need You Now,” from T-Ran Gilbert’s “Live And Not Die” EP, is available worldwide on iTunes.

“‘Need You Now’ is about reaching a point in your life when you realize that you need something bigger and better than yourself to survive,” Gilbert said. “We all have those moments when we’re going through negative circumstances and reach the end of ourselves — the end of what you can do. When you come to the end of yourself, that’s where you find hope. My friend Melani Ismail, who’s in the music and film industry, presented my song for the movie to the studio (The Swirl Group), along with five other songs by other artists. My song was the one chosen from those six that she presented to them.”

Gilbert, who graduated from Lee University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and was a part of the singing group EVS (for Evangelistic Singers), has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on YouTube and rotated nationally on UP TV, TBN and the MTV circuit. He has also appeared in network TV and feature films.

With performances in the U.S. and abroad, the international recording artist is considered an ambassador of a new era in contemporary Christian music. He is currently captivating audiences with songs from his “Live And Not Die” EP while headlining the annual, promotional “Live And Not Die” Tour, presented by 22Visionz Entertainment. Meanwhile, in the studio, Gilbert is in post-production on what he calls his “game-changing follow-up album, ‘The Imprint,’” which he is excited about.

“I’m finishing up my album, ‘The Imprint,’ my book that is also titled ‘The Imprint’ and I’m planning for my annual tour: The L.A.N.D Tour (Live and Not Die),” Gilbert explained. “I do have other movie soundtracks that are in my future. My new single is called ‘Breathe,’ produced by OGTha3 and Jesse David. It was just released on iTunes on April 15. The song is about those times when things are getting crazy. You just have to stop and take a deep breath from all the negative circumstances in life, then start all over again.”

Never forgetting his struggles as a youth, Gilbert, a Chattanooga native, has taken his life-affirming message to the streets and teamed up with Dr. Arun Gundhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, for a special “Season of Non-Violence Tour.” His positive message and music are having an impact on many lives around the world.

When asked about his musical roots, Gilbert, who started singing on his kitchen table at the age of 3, said, “My mother and three sisters all sing. I used to sing in a group with one of my sisters, Skieree. On my mother’s side, you’ll see more artistic people who’ve made careers in the entertainment industry, like my cousin, who’s a director. My wife, Alexis, runs my entertainment company with me. It’s called 22Visionz, LLC. We’ve been married 15 months now.

“My parents, Russell and Terri Gilbert, live in Chattanooga. My father is on the Chattanooga City Council and my mom is starting up a 22Visionz Kids Music Academy. I have one brother, Russell Gilbert, Jr. that is a entrepreneur and three sisters, Skieree, Whitney and Gabrielle that are in the music industry.”

Singing professionally since the age of 13, Gilbert has clearly grown into a master of his craft, even writing and producing his own music. He said he was influenced musically by such artists as Michael Jackson, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Chris Tomlin and Kirk Franklin. When asked about the origin of his name, “T-Ran,” Gilbert responded, “T-Ran, it is to help people to pronounce my birth name “Terran” the correct way. So the spelling of “T-Ran” just stuck with me.”

Another thing that stuck with Gilbert is his love of people and sharing a positive message through his music, something that is taking the international performer, who is praised for his charitable works, to greater heights in music, film and beyond. For further information, visit www.t-rangilbert.com.

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