Terrence L. Cash

Terrence L. Cash

Terrence L. Cash, an accomplished musician, died on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. He was 50.

He was born on May 1, 1969, in Philadelphia to Patricia Brown Cash and James Cash. He was the youngest of seven children.

Cash was a writer, arranger, producer, keyboardist and vocalist. As a graduate of the Settlement Music School, he directed and played live keyboards for a host of established artists such as the Delphonics, The Stylistics, Jill Scott, Tramaine Hawkins and Chaka Khan.

He also performed for American troops abroad on the USO circuit. He performed in countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Panama and many other locations all over the world.

Cash has also been a featured speaker on many occasions for the School District of Philadelphia, speaking to the youth and bringing a positive message about education.

Cash could often be found playing for his home church and directing the choir with his trademark piano scarf around his neck. He would say, “I need to play and sing like I need air to breathe.” Coming from a musical family, he found it important to give back.

His latest venture was the solo debut of his first project, where he worked with other well-established writers, arrangers, producers and musicians.

Cash also did television appearances as well as being hired as musical director for local cable shows in the Philadelphia area. After relocating to Atlanta, he worked with luminaries such as Peabo Bryson, Sade, Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band and the group 112. He said the pinnacle of his career was performing at the Tribute to John Coltrane, where he appeared on stage with some of the greatest jazz musicians.

Cash and his live band has been hosted in Atlantic City and at local venues sponsored by the City of Philadelphia.

He is survived by: his siblings, Spring, Bo, Kenny, Judi, Stacey and Shirley; daughters, Brittany and LaToya; granddaughter, Victoria; uncles, Deacon Ralph L. Williams, Melvyn Williams and Sheikh Sayed Abdul Hadi; aunts, Carolyn Williams, Diane Silver and Saeeda Abdul Hadi; great-uncle, Elder Clarence Walls; great-aunt, Edweena Walls; 11 nieces and nephews; 21 great-nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held Oct. 10 at People’s Baptist Church, 5039 Baltimore Ave. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is private.

James L. Morse Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

ajones@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5747

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