TARA PRIYA is a retro-soul singer/songwriter born & 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, 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 2.5 years with her BA in Economics. She returned to California to write & record her late 2010 eponymous EP & currently performs in LA, NYC, Canada, Japan, & London.
In 2012, Tara's first full-length album, Tara Priya, was released exclusively in Japan via P-Vine Records. An exceptional mix of sass, soul, bitterness, & pop, the LP debuted at #2 on the iTunes Japan R&B/Soul and the Amazon.co.jp R&B/Soul charts, with its single, Run Like Hell, soaring to #6 on both the iTunes R&B/Soul and Billboard Japan charts. Tara's debut EP, also titled Tara Priya, is slated for official release in Germany/Austria/Switzerland via Rockhit Records in May 2012.