Meet Tara Holloway - genuine, upfront, hard living, sailor mouthed truth seeker. This red headed charmer has a voice
that conjures comparisons to Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Maria McKee and Shelby Lynne.
Raspy, emotive, always soulful and often heartbreaking, it is a voice that once heard, is not soon forgotten.
She lives in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up listening to her father's vinyl collection -
one heavy with soul and blues heroes like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.
From an early age she knew she was a singer and no other path was considered.
So she began performing and learning guitar.
While in a local music store sometime around 2005, she found a bootleg demo CD of songs by
Andy Sturmer of the band Jellyfish, of whom she was a fan.
She tracked down his manager and sent him an MP3 of her
singing one of the songs on the CD called "Sweet Wingless Angel"
When Sturmer got it, he played it for his friend, producer/mixer Dave Way.
Both were floored by her voice and approached her about cutting an
When Sturmer became inundated with composing music for television, he told
Tara and Dave that they should work together.
So, in between dates touring Canada, Holloway made several trips to Los
Angeles over the course of 2 years, writing and recording about 15
songs with Way in his "Waystation" studio.
They started out as demos with just the two of them playing.
But when Holloway went back to Canada, Way asked some of his
favorite L.A. musicians ( Lyle Workman from Beck, Brian MacLeod and
Dan Schwartz from Sheryl Crow, Val McCallum from Shelby Lynne) to
overdub more parts. Then, when she started playing in the US, Holloway formed quick
musical bonds with some writers and musicians in Nashville (Jon and Sally
Tiven) and Austin ( Will Sexton, Billy Harvey and Dony Wynn). These new
friends contributed to more recording sessions at Waystation with a few cuts getting
placed on the FX TV series Sons of Anarchy.
With more than enough songs now for a release, they chose
8 that best tell Tara's story - one of a gypsy like existence
where, through music, she makes immediate bonds with strangers in
bars, only to leave the next day to form new ones, in another
city. Though she does use Facebook and now has a cell phone, she's
not a big social networker. She prefers the one on one. Content to share a
drink (and her bellowing, infectious laugh), she bums cigarettes and
nights on sofas as she travels from town to town. Each day another chance for a real human connection.