Terry Loftis was on his way out of town the evening of our first Chef & Song and wouldn’t be able to stay for dinner. He did, however, stop by long enough to do one thing — save the entire evening from complete disaster.


It’s true. The secret hero for the evening was Terry. The artists’ microphone went dead at soundcheck. No spare. One SOS call to Terry and he was up at Kitchen LTO with a replacement. That’s Terry. He’s there when friends need him most.

We talked over a long breakfast at Café Brazil in Oak Cliff.


“As I started singing more, I realized I couldn’t do what I was trying to do for others, at the sacrifice for doing it for me.”


“We were, I think, the second black family in our neighborhood. It was the first time I saw racism up close and personal. We moved in and for-sale signs started to go up. I mean, literally, the next day.”


“In under 90 days, I went from saying ‘yes’ to being a Tony-nominated producer.”


Later in our conversation, Terry shares his feelings on spirituality, emotions, and our place in the universe.


“Thoughts have power, and they’re not simply ours. You hurl your ‘boomerang’ out into the universe and it comes back ten-fold with everything you put on it to affirm and support you.”


“I’ve been to psychics. I’ve been to channelers. There’s been a consistent, common denominator that goes back years … and that story has never changed.”


“Everything is from the perspective of acceptance and believing.”


Written by Ron Thompson

My passion is exploring this crossover culture of food and stage — the people who create it, love it, revel in it, and use it to make where we live a better place to be. Find Chef & Song on Facebook