THOMSON, Ga. (WJBF) — Musician and CSRA native Terri Gibbs is blind, but she hasn’t let it hold her back. Her hit country song “Somebody’s Knockin'” made her a star in the ’80s.
It made the top ten country songs in 1981. That year she also won the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Female Vocalist and beat out some of the industry’s biggest names like Reba McIntyre and Sissy Spacek to win the CMA’s inagural Horizon Award, which honors new artists making an impact on the music business.
“I was nominated for a Grammy and then nominated again for a Grammy when I started singing Christian music also,” Gibbs said.
Now, she has crossed over from Country music to Christian music. A lifelong Christian, she would often close her shows with one of her favorites hymns: Amazing Grace.
“People would come to me and say you know the lord wants you to sing for him,” she said. “And this kept happening and happening “
Now she’s recorded six Christian albums, but she still stays humble and finds time to play piano and sing at local churches.
“I go wherever people call me to go. And I’m always anxious and glad to do that,” she said. “And God seems to open doors.”
And she is of the mindset that when a door closes, a window opens.
“So my parents found out at the age of six months that I was totally blind so…the Lord’s used it in a wonderful way,” she said. “You just have to take lemons and make lemonade.”