Armed with a voice “you just need to hear" (BBC London) and an irresistible blend of snaps, claps, and golden trumpet peals, Tara Priya combines vintage soul, poetic lyrics, and a dash of pop to provide relief from today’s Auto-Tune avalanche. Sweet and sour, lovely and lovelorn, the retro-soul “jewel” (Access!) is a story as distinctive as her sound.
The great-niece of the famed Middle Eastern poet, Sohrab Sepehri, Tara has art in her blood. Piano & poetry began at 4, drums at 9; opera training commenced at 11, jazz voice added in high school. After winning two prestigious writing scholarships, Tara switched coasts to attend Columbia University, where she quickly settled down in NYC’s performance circuit.
Anxious to focus solely on music but reluctant to drop out, Tara sped through school & graduated in two years with her BA in Economics. She returned to California to write & record her 2011 eponymous EP—an homage to her Motown influences with a punch that is entirely her own—and proceeded pour herself into her singing career while living in a poolhouse in Los Angeles. She currently performs—with what CityBeat calls "fantastic, timeless vocals"—in the US, Canada, Japan, & London.