FAMU alumna tops No.1 on Billboard

Terri Bjerre, a Florida A&M alumna, rose to No. 1 on Billboard the week of Feb. 7, with her single "Blind Heart" in the electronic dance genre.

Terri Bjerre, also known by her stage name Terri B!, earned a degree in business economics at FAMU in 1989. She is also a member of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Several remixes have been played on tour alongside Tiësto, David Guetta and Thomas Gold among others.

Bjerre said she was terrified to sing at her alma mater during her time there.

“Everyone was so much better than I’ll ever be,” Bjerre said. “I now know I have achieved my style and built my sound.”

“Blind Heart” came about as collaboration between Cazzette and Terri B! Cazzette is a Swedish electronic music duo composed of Sebastian Furrer and Alexander Björklund.

It took about six months before Christian Rosen, the owner of Lifted House, was satisfied with the popularity of the song.

“It was well worth the wait,” Bjerre said. “We had already achieved 20 million Spotify streams.”

While pushing her single “Blind Heart,” Bjerre prepared for 2015 with new goals.

“My main focus is my own single and long play,” Bjerre said. “I just left Denmark and wrote some great material with Ida Corr’s producer of track, Sidelmann.”

Andres Pineda, owner and founder of Pure Life Entertainment, stage manager at Spring Weekend and Disk Jockey, said Bjerre’s music excites him and her audience.

“She’s got that type of voice that makes you bob your head no matter what she’s singing,”  Pineda said. “‘Blind Heart’ was a great tune. For people that know it is her, they sing along and dance like if there was no tomorrow. For those that don’t, it definitely brings their energy up.”

Blind Heart isn’t her only Billboard-topping record. “Big Fun” rose to the ranks as well, with the collaboration with D.O.N.S.

D.O.N.S., a Disk Jockey, producer and label manager for Kingdom Kome Cuts Ltd., said the chemistry with Bjerre was amazing. While “Big Fun” recently charted the Billboard, D.O.N.S. said the record had been out since 2005.

“It was voted one of the 25 best global cover versions of all time by DJ Mag,” D.O.N.S said. “In 2013, Terri and I met and she was actually the one asking me to do a new, modern version of ‘Big Fun.’”

Bjerre’s consistency to create Billboard charting singles is not new, D.O.N.S. said.

“Based on her versatility, character and singing and songwriting skills, I’m really not surprised that she is constantly in the Billboard charts,” D.O.N.S said. “She is one of the hardest working people in the music industry that I know.”