Tara Keith

21+ | Friday Night - 3:15pm to 4:00pm (Friday) @ The Astoria

FoCoMX 2013

The 23-year-old pop singer has spent the past 17 years tirelessly developing command of her richly expressive, blues-tinged vocals. Through Taras devotion to her craft, and her innate talents, shes finessed an emotionally fluent style whereby she can seamlessly stitch a whisper to a whale with storied aplomb. Shes won entry to study with Canadas finest vocal coaches; shes been a Canadian Idol finalist; she was a Berklee School Of Music scholarship candidate; and shes thrived in Nashvilles cutthroat music scene. The Emerging Talent Competition represents a new level of validation and visibility.

Tara recently finished her debut five-song EP which showcases her broad aesthetic palette her tastes encompass the refined soul of Etta James and Eva Cassidy to the fizzy jubilance of pop-country chart-toppers Trisha Yearwood, and Shania Twain. Its a youthfully mature hybrid, timeless but not retro, in sync with modern classics like Adele, Duffy, and Joss Stone. The Open bursts forth with euphoric electro-R&B grooves and a concise soaring chorus. A Different Kind Of Love is a moody ballad with a winding and urgent chorus melody that highlights the range of Taras vocals, from a mid-register growl to a creamy falsetto. Within this sleek, modern-R&B setting Taras vocals retain a bold sincerity that imbues the tracks with an emotional resonance often missing from similarly orchestrated pop.