“I immediately connected to Tammi and her story in many ways and have felt the incredible need to tell it,” Graham told Deadlineof the film. “Tammi Terrell defined passion and soul itself. … Getting lost in the music enabled her to override life’s punishments — for when she sang, she could use the hurt to create greatness and give the world hope that maybe they could overcome their pain as well.”
Tammi Terrell’s brief but iconic career started as a backup singer for the James Brown revue before she was paired with Marvin Gaye and produced the classic hits, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing”, “Your Precious Love” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Terrell collapsed on stage in 1967 and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She died in 1970 at age 24.
The project is slated to start filming next year. We wonder if the film will also discuss her abusive relationships, which many from that era believed contributed to her death.
We’re so here for this story! Kat Graham is a singer that closely resembles Terrell and we know she has the acting chops for it.