Terri Nunn

Terri Nunn

Terri Kathleen Nunn (born on June 26, 1961), better known as Terri Nunn, is an American singer and actress, lead singer of the popular new wave/synth pop band Berlin.

General information
Name Terri Nunn
Full Name Terri Kathleen Nunn
Birth date June 26, 1961
Birthplace Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
United States
Nationality American
Native language English
Height 5.3 ft
Weight 105,8 lbs
Activities singer-songwriter, actress
Genre Synthpop, new wave, pop
Years active 1974 – Present
Instruments Voice, Percussion, Tambourine
Type of voice Mezzo-soprano
Record labels DGC Records, Purple Pyramid
Distinctions Penthouse Pet (1977)
Member of Berlin
Related artists Berlin, The Sisters of Mercy
Website berlinpage.com

In 1981, she rejoined the group as a vocalist and soon forged her recording career in the band.

Her biggest success in Berlin was in 1986 with the single Take My Breath Away, love theme as part of the film Top Gun and the homonymous soundtrack (the most important in sales of the album). This ballad is characterized by a remarkable cadentious and melancholic sound, as well as the predominance of a synthesizer bass. With this formula, it reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

She also sang other popular songs, including ‘Sex (I’m A…)‘, ‘The Metro‘, ‘You Don’t Know‘, ‘No More Words‘ and ‘Masquerade‘.

Nunn appeared on numerous television shows in the ’70s and ’80s: T. J. Hooker, Lou Grant and James at 15.

She also acted in 1978 in the film Thank God it’s Friday and in 1979, she had a role in the short-lived American television series Time Express that aired between April and May 1979 on the CBS network.

In 1985, Nunn left Berlin and recorded the song ‘Dancing in Isolation’ for the movie ‘Better Off Dead‘. In 1989, she performed ‘Romance‘ as a duet with Paul Carrack, a song based on a synthesizer hit by a German band. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the movie ‘Sing‘.

Also, in the early ’90s, she was a backup singer for the group The Sisters of Mercy.

In 1991, she released ‘Moment of Truth‘ – her debut solo album – with the help of David Z, Prince’s producer and the record company Paisley Park Records.

Nunn obtained the rights to use the band name Berlin in 1996, and reformed it with new members, who began recording and touring. Berlin released two EPs (‘Fall Into Heaven‘ and ‘Fall Into Heaven 2‘) in 1999, followed by their first live album, ‘Sacred and Profane‘ in 2000. ‘Voyeur‘ hit stores in 2002. ‘4Play‘ (2005) contains original tracks and covers of some of the band’s favorite songs.

In 2008, Nunn contributed to the book ‘Cherry Bomb’ by Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna. In 2009, she toured all over the United States on the ‘Regeneration Tour’.

With the group Berlin, she toured with INXS in the summer of 2011.

Nunn co-hosted Between the Sheets, a podcast on the internet radio station Hottalkla.com.

In January 2012, Terri premiered her own radio show in Los Angeles on KCSN-FM 88.5 with interviews and live performances.

In September 2013, Nunn and Berlin released their “electronic and especially dance-oriented” album ‘Animal’.

Personal life of Terri Nunn

Nunn is married to attorney Paul Spear. She has a daughter and two stepchildren. One of her stepsons is a doctor in the U.S. Army. She has lived with her family in the Santa Rosa Valley since 2012.

Nunn is vegan, previously a vegetarian, since she was 19 years old.


With Berlin

  • 1982 – Pleasure Victim
  • 1984 – Love Life
  • 1986 – Count Three & Pray
  • 2002 – Voyeur
  • 2005 – 4Play
  • 2013 – Animal
  • 2019 – Transcendance
  • 2020 – Strings Attached


  • 1991 – Moment of Truth

Filmography of Terri Nunn

  • Police Story – TV series, 1 episode (1976)
  • James– TV series, 1 episode (1977)
  • Rafferty – TV series, 1 episode (1977)
  • Family – TV series, 1 episode (1978)
  • The Runaways – TV series, 1 episode (1978)
  • Thank God It’s Friday (1978)
  • Barnaby Jones– TV series, 1 episode (1978)
  • Time Express– TV series, 1 episode (1979)
  • Lou Grant- TV series, 2 episodes (1979-1981)
  • J. Hooker– TV series, 1 episode (1982)

References (sources)