What happens when you combine a passionate poet, an indie folk enthusiast, a music teacher, a choral soloist, and a professional musical theater actress? An entertainer who can pack a powerful musical punch.
Unable to pick just one passion, Tara Velarde decided to combine her loves into one lifelong project that is her singing, songwriting, and performing. Intimate and lyrical one moment to diva-level power in the next, Velarde pulls out all the stops as she weaves variety and originality into her music that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats.
Melody and harmony have been a part of Velarde's daily life from the very beginning. Growing up with 5 musical sibling provided a fertile ground on which to experiment with harmonization, inflection, and songwriting, resulting in an innate sense for beautiful harmonic and melodic structure. Through her teenage years, Velarde fell in love with dance and musical theater, passions that have lead her to pursue theater and dance professionally as an adult, most recently appearing in Broadway Rose's "West Side Story" and "Once".
She began songwriting at age 16, mostly propelled by a competitive desire to write original music alongside her siblings. Though this artform started out feeling foreign and uncertain, it soon became a life-blood for self-expression - a medium through which to process events and emotions, and to create art out of life's revelations. Songwriting became not only an enjoyable pasttime but a vital element of Velarde's personal voice and communication with the world.
Four years at Pacific University infused a passion for choral textures and vocal excellence into Velarde's musical makeup. She graduated with a BA in Music Education, and has enjoyed teaching music to students of all ages and experience levels since 2013, proud and humbled to help others along their own musical journeys.
Today, Velarde writes songs that communicate the thoughts, feelings, and stories that she has collected along her way. Poetically-minded and vocally-focused, listeners are treated to a performance that is as skilled and intentional as it is passionate and unbridled. The songs continue to be created, performances are shared, and friends are made. One heart to another, it is the connection made through song that matters after all.