Tara Velarde Releases New Single From Upcoming EP Due Out May 2019 - LISTEN


Call her a diva and call her a folkie. Tara Velarde embodies that elusive combination of swagger and sensitivity. She writes songs with a sharp sense of poetics and vulnerability, and then steps up to the mic to her deliver words and vocal melodies with powerhouse pipes. Tara’s world is diva-folk, and she owns it on her upcoming album, Rise, out in May, to be preceded by the frisky single Something Bad.


Rise is an artistic watershed, and represents a powerful personal paradigm shift. “It’s not a concept album, but I call it ‘Rise’ because there are a lot of reoccurring themes of personal growth,” the Portland, Oregon-based artist says. “This is me accepting and embracing my own power.


Tara’s special blend of folk is expansive, spanning soul, blues rock, a dash of theatrics, and a healthy helping of swagger. Her melding of verve and vulnerability has garnered Tara favourable comparisons to Brandi Carlile, Regina Spektor, and Carole King—great female powerhouses with a lot to say. Live, Tara has toured nationally and internationally, both as an intimate solo performer and fronting a band of world-class musicians


Lead-off single, Something Bad, is a smoldering dose of soul-funk replete with vibey wah-wah guitar, Hammond B3 organ supports, and robust bluesy vocals. This is a fiery commentary track, brimming with incisive metaphors and observations. “I don’t normally get political, but a couple of summers ago with the wildfires and the political climate it felt like things were stirring up. I had to speak up because it felt like we were headed in a destructive direction,” Tara shares.

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