TARA BLAISE grew up in the rambling hills near Aughrim, County Wicklow, Ireland. Tara’s singing career began at 16 when she formed a band called Les Legumes but it was her stints with The Wilde Oscars, Igloo and Kay Dee that brought her to the attention of the Irish music scene. Having decided to go solo, a mutual friend hooked Tara up with Corrs’ manager John Hughes, who was looking for a vocalist / lyricist to collaborate on his own personal musical statement, a solo instrumental album. The result was two tracks for Tara on the album Wild Ocean.
Struck by her individual approach to melody and lyric writing, John Hughes offered her an album deal on his Spokes label, who released her debut album Dancing On Tables Barefoot, which features the singles Fool For Love, Paperback Cliché and The Three Degrees, a Top 20 hit in Spain. Reviews included: ‘A cross between Kate Bush and The Corrs’ – The Daily Mail and
‘Pretty much everything here could be a single’ – The Sunday Times
Tara has since impressed live audiences at The Isle of Wight and V Festivals, Ireland’s Oxegen Festival and has headlined at London’s Bush Hall and The Sugar Club in Dublin as well as shows in Santiago and Barcelona in Spain.
She took some time out to star as ‘Beth’ in the sold–out touring production of Jeff Wayne’s ‘The War Of The Worlds’, and opened the show for Michael Ball’s most recent UK tour, being received warmly every night. But mostly she has been spending time in Los Angeles and Switzerland, working on her latest album ‘Great Escape’ with producers Olle Romo (The Corrs) and Mutt Lange (Shania Twain, AC/DC).
The single ‘Breathe’ received BBC Radio 2 play including the Terry Wogan show. ‘The dramatic power ballad ‘Breathe’ is as good a mainstream pop tune as you’ll hear all year’ – Hot Press.
In January 2009 Tara was nominated in the ‘Best Irish Female Artist’ category in the 2009 Meteor Awards, to be staged on March 17 at Dublin’s RDS.