Portland's Tara Velarde illuminates the stage with her trademark Diva Pop and Soul. Listeners liken her vocally-centric style to Tori Kelly, Carole King, and Alicia Keys - great vocal powerhouses with a lot to say. Whether solo or backed by her full band of Portland all-stars, expect a performance that moves your heart as much as it moves your hips.
Glide Magazine states that 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”.
Inspired lyrics and a crafted vocal delivery are inextricable for Velarde, who grow up writing poetry and spent her nights in the theater. Add to that a household of harmonizing siblings, and you get music that satisfies and brings a prism of musical dimensions into full color.
With the recent release of her album "Rise" (2019), Velarde stays active in the studio and on the road. She has shared bills with Michael Franti, Gaelynn Lea (NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner), and Haley Heynderickx, and has headlined multiple national and European tours.