[ ART DECO WEEKEND 2013 >> LIVE MUSIC ]
SATURDAY / 10PM — 11TH STREET
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On the Musical Rise
New York City singer/songwriter TARA HARRISON’s music knows no bounds, as she simultaneously represents and pays tribute to the past, the present, and the future.
Tara grew up with her parents between New York and Jamaica, receiving her musical training in the early 1990s after her parents moved back to New York to stay.
Always a fearless performer, by the time Tara was 13, she was receiving standing ovations for her performances in Manhattan’s fiercely
competitive open mic club circuit.
By fifteen, she had been invited to perform for a series of top-level record executives including LA Reid, Mona Scott and Dave McPherson.
Growing up on a balanced diet of music and art, Tara’s creativity was influenced by a myriad of artists, ranging from Gladys Knight and Mariah Carey to Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, and Keith Harring.
“The problem with me,” Tara says, “is that there are so many different personalities, so many different people inside me trying to get out, I think I'd have to release ten albums to accurately reflect my spirit.
“I’m drawn to what was going on in New York in the early ’80s. I would’ve been rocking out at CBGB’s or on my way to the Paradise Garage in the Bronx to get my fix of hip-hop and dance music.”
Tara’s effectively fuses these New York City influences with her Jamaican roots. She quickly ads, “I was probably humming Bob Marley tunes before I could speak!”
Following her debut at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2011, Tara performed at Bob Marley’s Birthday Celebration in Kingston’s Emancipation Park along side Fab 5, Etana, and Jermaine Edwards. She was also featured on the popular Smokin’ Jacket Series.
Tara’s popularity continues to grow all across the Caribbean, and she is becoming a familiar face in Jamaica, appearing reguarly on the Island’s popular morning show Smile Jamaica, TV J’s E Prime and Intense, and Flow’s Pree Dis.
She also gained a spot on FAME FM’s New Artist Spotlight while in Jamaica on the RE TV School Tour.
Tara's upcoming project, Home Away from Home is personal dedication to her roots, on which she will fuse her eclectic mix of vocal stylings, and use all Jamaican musicians, producers, and engineers.
2012 / A Very Good Year
In January 2012, just one week after headlining to a sold out crowd at the legendary Redbones Blues Cafe in New Kingston, Jamaica, Tara was invited back to Jamaica's Jazz & Blues Festival, this year opening the main stage for CEE LO, DESTRA, EARL KLUGH, and DAMIAN MARLEY.
In March, she dropped her first official Jamaican-bred single "Let It Play," before playing the lead role in I Octane's "L.O.V.E. Y.O.U." (music video), and making television appearances, guesting on RJR FM's "GOOD MORNING," RE TV's "TOP DOZEN VIDEO COUNTDOWN," and TV J's "INTENSE."
In May, Tara shared the stage in Cabarete, Dominican Republic with MISS LAURYN HILL and her world-renowned band members, bassist DOUG WIMBISH, guitarist ERIC GALES, and DJ RAMPAGE GLOBAL, in a benefit concert for the DREAM PROJECT in the Dominican Republic. After, Lauryn Hill asked her to join the band as a background vocalist.
As a songwriter for B-Room Publishing, Tara's writing and production skills breathe life into independent recording artists and producers, most recently writing model/actress Amber Rose's first single "Loaded."