California born and raised, Tara Williamson had to move to Texas to find her song-writing roots. For Tara, there isn’t a memory without music in it. She started singing weekly in church at age five, song-writing at the age of sixteen, and dabbled in the live music scene of Portland, OR after college but Austin’s welcoming spirit, endless sunshine and pool of talent has finally brought out the best in her voice as a singer, songwriter, and musician.
After relocating to the Live Music Capitol of the World in late 2012 and spending a few years as a background vocalist in touring Austin soul band, The Nightowls (ACL Festival 2014 and 2015, Leon Bridges opener, Kool and the Gang opener, SXSW Official Act 2015 and 2016, 2 National tours), Tara decided that the original tunes she’d continued to write on the side needed to have their time in the spotlight.
Acquiring the producing skills of fellow former band member and Austin keys player, Sean Giddings (Fall River Footmen), and more than a handful of Austin’s most talented musicians, she took to the studio in December of 2016 with her songs and influence from varying genres to produce her debut full-length album.
Tara draws from a wide variety of styles in her vocal-centric tunes: Patty Griffin, Dolly Parton, Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Don Henley, Tracy Chapman, Joan Osborne, Sara Bareilles, and a little bit of soul from Aretha, Ella, and Etta make for her sensitive, decisive, raw, powerful and intermittently unhinged singing style.
Organic acoustic rhythms, spaghetti-western electric and pedal steel, intimate piano, and B3 organ swells…the instrumentation comprises every bit of Tara’s wide range of americana, jazz, R&B, soul, folk-rock, country, and pop influences.