Tara Priya, a singer/songwriter in the style of retro-soul, has been named a winner in the 18th Annual Billboard Song Contest for her original R&B song "Rollin'". Inspired by The Temptations and Aretha Franklin, this upbeat track features a fresh-voiced Tara singing her troubles away with a little sass and growl.
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 magna cum laude 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 Los Angeles, her native San Francisco, and NYC.
--Winner of the 18th Annual Billboard Song Contest, 03/2011
--Winner of the Great American Song Contest, 03/2011
--#8, “Best Emerging Artists of 2010”, The Deli Magazine, 02/2011
--Top 25 finalist, Music City Songwriting Contest, 12/2010
--1 of 3 “Pop” finalists, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, 09/2010