Truth Iz Out
Theryl de'Clouet, known to many as "Houseman" comes from New Orleans' Hollygrove neighborhood and has successfully become one if it's more famous offspring. Born, September 17, 1951 in New Orleans, Houseman grew up with the love of music instilled in him by his mother who brought the local sounds of Isadore "Tuts" Washington and Professor Longhair into their home. As a consequence of his mother's enthusiasm for music, the house was always filled with the sounds of the greats: "My mother would call my brothers and sisters into the room where we would sit beside her while she played her 45's teaching us the roots of blues and soul music." Other well known recording artists from the area who were influential to his upbringing were Johnny Adams and Allen Toussaint. With Houseman's fervor for music and with his vocal talent beginning to emerge, a singing career was soon to follow. Eventually Houseman founded his own a cappella soul group known as The Lyrics. For more than 12 years, The Lyrics toured the country and subsequently changed their name to Hollygrove. In 1982 they recorded an album, New Orleans Best Kept Secret, with the support of the The Manhattans and Allan Felder. Soon after this recording the group dissolved for personal reasons. They continued to write and produce songs, including There's Something Wrong With This Picture, which can be found on the 1996 release of Coolin' Off, the first record Houseman recorded with his next group Galactic. As of today, the members of Hollygrove remain close friends. In the mid-90's Houseman became the frontman for Galactic, bringing his stellar mix of New Orleans funk and soul to a group of young, talented guys who met on the New Orleans music scene having attended both Tulane and Loyola Universities. Houseman was no stranger to the music scene and with the band behind him, it became his next and most successful musical endeavor thus far. Galactic's popularity grew steadily for the next decade and the group released six albums together. They regularly toured the states and made multiple trips per year to Japan where Houseman's fan base is something fierce. 'If you've ever seen Galactic, then you've heard the sweet soul music of The Houseman, Theryl DeClouet. Straight out of Hollygrove, from back-town New Orleans, Louisiana, the last great soul voice of the proud New Orleans tradition does it on his own, and in the process shows us how it was, how it is and how it's gonna be.' -Adam Duritz, Counting Crows The time came when it made sense for Houseman and Galactic to part and go their separate ways. Houseman has since recorded his second solo album, The Truth is Out, which will release in early 2007 and has embraced another passion of his, acting. Back in 1998, Houseman was asked to appear in a short film, Mutiny, directed by Henry Griffin. That bit part was just the taste he needed to realize this was a desire he would want to follow in the future. Houseman reconnected with Henry, auditioned for a couple of movies and then appeared as the judge in the 2005 release of The Dukes of Hazzard. What's next? He'll let you know, so stay tuned.
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