Bio|Testimonials

Tara Flanagan is an up and coming artist from Poole, Dorset in the South West of England. She exuberates a dark electronic pop sound, with authentic Singer-Songwriter lyrics, fused with thriving pop beats and powerful emotive vocals.

She has been honing in her craft, singing and performing for over 12 years, song writing since the age of 13, initially embarking on an acoustic Singer-Songwriter genre whilst accompanying herself on guitar and piano. This passion rapidly developed into her regularly participating in shows, musical events and singing competitions and during the process, developed her own punchy pop identity.

Tara has been a Grand Finalist in various singing competitions such as Star Sensations, Talent call and the worldwide Star Now Music Immersive competition. Back in January 2015, she beat thousands of applicants and reached the Grand Final of the National singing competition, Open Mic UK, performing her new material at the NEC Birmingham and was awarded the Future Music Management Showcase award for her strong vocal, performance and songwriting skills. Further accolades include the 90.1 Hope FM Time to Shine Rising Star 2015 award.

Tara’s performance experience began with dancing. She had a realisation of her love of performing and being on stage at the age of 5 when she studied ballet, tap and modern dance at the Hollywood Academy of Dance, getting involved in various ballet productions such as Pocahontas, Alice in Wonderland, Narnia – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Tales of a Winter’s Night, and Coppelia with the European Ballet Company to name a few.

After this, she attended twice weekly workshops in singing, dancing and acting at the Stagewise School for the Performing Arts and had been involved in different stage productions, playing the lead role of the musical Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz; the role of Belle in a school musical Beauty and the Beast; Helena in Shakepeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and in July 2015, she played the role of Scaramouche in the St Edward’s musical We Will Rock You.

Although Tara enjoys musical theatre and acting, her real passion is in singing and song writing and her main drive and ambition is to become successful as a solo artist.

Sometime in June 2014, River Studios headed by the renowned music producer and vocal coach, Gareth Henderson, invited Tara to join their Artist Development Programme. Working with Gareth, Tara recorded Volumes and her debut single Run Run Run. She then wrote and recorded three more tracks for her EP; Tough Luck, I Know and Cards on the Table with the equally talented music producer Stuart Mannell. Working with the super talented photographer/videographer Glen Jevon, they shot her first music video which became video of the week in the PhotoGroupie music site.

With an ambitious approach, on Sunday 28th June she independently organized an official launch night of her debut single RUN RUN RUN which took place as a sold out gig at Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset, followed by its release on 29th June 2015.

Tara embarked on an exciting experience when she was asked to perform at London Fashion Week in September 2016, performing a ballad version of one of Tara’s inspiration’s, Prince’s hit song ‘When Doves Cry.’

Recently recognised for her raw and real lyrics, Tara was invited into the BBC Introducing Live Lounge to perform an intimate set.

RUN RUN RUN is available to download on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play.

‘THE GAME’ EP which was released on 11th September 2015 is available to download on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Google Play.

Testimonials

“Tara Flanagan is a gifted singer songwriter whose hard work and dedication is second to none. We have had the pleasure of working with Tara on our Live shows and various events with high profile commercial brands. Tara has incredible vocal ability and stands out as one of Bournemouth’s great music exports.” – Paul Wookey, CEO of BriTRox Television

“The rich but raw textures of Tara’s voice make an effortless connection point with the listener, delivering well crafted songs that convey her unique observations of life to an audience using powerful imagery and intelligent wordplay.” – Tim Hawes, Publisher, Producer, Songwriter

“With a voice seemingly unrivalled in unsigned pop music and more akin to that of Merry Clayton, Tara Flanagan is set to not only break through to, but conquer, the electronic pop music scene. She delicately combines beautifully written vocal melodies, demonstrating the astonishing range and power of her voice, with chilling dark electronic backlines. After being to several shows I am yet to witness a show where Tara does not fixate the entire audience with her energetic performance and empowering stage presence. I’m lucky to have been at the smaller shows, as I’m adamant she will be playing arenas by 2019.” – Jack Bowden, Drummer and Vocalist from Tors.

“Tara Flanagan has one of those voices that turns your head by force. An electro pop vibe that sounds like The XX, Fly Leaf and Prince came together for a jam session! Not one to miss!” – ELLISION, electronic artist

“Tara’s distinctive vocal style makes her stand out amongst her contemporaries… she is destined to have a strong future…It’s really exciting to speak to such a talented young singer-songwriter who is just beginning her musical journey and has so much passion for what she loves.” – Photogroupie

“As a music producer who has recorded with many singers from up-and-coming names to established chart stars, Tara is one of the very best I’ve had the pleasure of working with. With her fabulous sultry vocals and excellent songwriting ability she has the talent, professionalism and drive to go very far in the industry.” Mike Myore, Producer (Production credits include Ministry of Sound, Spinnin Records, BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM)

‘Tara’s stage charisma and personality shines through in her songs; sultry and soulful. It is exciting to hear where she will take it as the songcraft and musicianship builds!’ Kaya Carney, Creative Artistry Pathway Leader, The Academy of Contemporary Music

“I have worked with Tara on several occasions over the years at RGM Production Ltd. She is such a delight to work with. Very professional and a perfectionist! She can take simple clear directions and is a complete natural when it comes to following a vocal guide, layering vocals, and accepting vocal advice. Tara is easy going, very relaxed and can manage pressure very well…  I would highly recommend Tara to anyone.” Ryan Glover, RGM Production