TARA PRIYA is a singer/songwriter born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Of Indian-Persian parentage, Tara combines vintage soul, poetic lyrics, and a dash of pop to provide relief from today’s Auto-Tune avalanche.
The great-niece of the famed Middle Eastern poet, Sohrab Sepehri, art is in Tara’s blood. Piano and 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 like her Columbia inspirations (Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill), Tara sped through school and graduated in 2.5 years with her BA in Economics. She returned to California to write and record her November 2010 eponymous EP and currently performs in LA, SF, and NYC.
In the past year, Tara charted in the Top 5 on CMJ radio stations, was 1 of 3 "Pop" finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and was 1 of 25 Music City Songwriting Competition finalists. She was also invited to showcase in 2011's SXSW, Canadian Music Fest, and Indie Week, and took the stage in CMJ Music Marathon, the 2010 Miami Music Festival, and the 2011 NAMM Show.
Named one of The Deli Magazine's Top 10 "Best Emerging Artists of 2010", Tara is honored to have just won the Great American Song Contest, the Dallas Songwriters Contest, and the 18th Annual Billboard Song Contest. Most recently, Tara's (6-song) EP was the #2 bestselling "Contemporary R&B" album on Amazon.com in Japan!
"It's rare to find a band as young as [Maroon 5] were who play drums and guitars but aren't a stereotypical rock band. My thought was their music was advanced for its time, but when the album came out it would be where music was going. Sure enough ..." Interview with Ben Berkman, EVP at A&M/Octone for Maroon 5