Terri Nunn performing at Oracle OpenWorld 2010.
|Birth name||Terri Kathleen Nunn|
|Born||(1961-06-26) June 26, 1961
Baldwin Hills, California United States
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||rock, new wave, industrial rock, post-punk, dance, synthpop|
The Sisters of Mercy
Nunn was born in Los Angeles, California. She joined Berlin in 1978 and temporarily left the group the following year to pursue an acting career. In 1981, she rejoined the group as the lead vocalist and soon forged her recording career in the band. Her greatest success in Berlin was the top-selling 1986 single “Take My Breath Away“, the theme song for the film Top Gun. It reached the no. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. She sang other popular songs with Berlin, including “Sex (I’m A…)“, “The Metro“, “You Don’t Know”, “No More Words” and “Masquerade”.
Nunn acted in numerous television shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including T.J. Hooker, Lou Grant and James at 15. According to her interview on Audience Network, she was offered the part of Lucy on the upcoming series Dallas but turned it down because she would have to sign a seven-year contract,. She wanted to pursue music as well, and the series would have prevented her from doing so. She appeared in the 1978 film Thank God It’s Friday. In 1979, she played a part in the short-lived TV series Time Express.
In 1985, Nunn briefly dated Michael Hutchence, who she met at an INXS concert in London while Berlin were recording the album Count Three & Pray. The relationship ended when INXS returned to Australia.
In 1985, Nunn left Berlin and recorded the song “Dancing in Isolation” for the film Better Off Dead. In 1989, she performed a duet with Paul Carrack called “Romance”, which was included on the soundtrack to the film Sing. In the early 1990s, she sang backup for The Sisters of Mercy. In 1991, she recorded and released a solo album entitled Moment of Truth, in association with David Z, Prince‘s Paisley Park producer.
Nunn obtained usage rights to the band name “Berlin” in 1996, and reformed that band with new members, who began recording and touring. Berlin released two EPs Fall into Heaven and Fall into Heaven 2 in 1999, followed by Live: Sacred and Profane in 2000, their first live album. Voyeur hit shelves in 2002. 4Play (2005) contains original songs and cover versions of some of the band’s songs.
Nunn co-hosts “Between the Sheets”, a popular podcast on webcast media station Hottalkla.com.
In September 2013 Nunn and Berlin released their “electronic and especially dance-oriented” album Animal.
Nunn is married to attorney Paul Spear. She has one daughter and two stepsons. The family has lived in Santa Rosa Valley, California since 2012. Nunn is a vegan, formerly a vegetarian, since the age of 19.