Here at CelebMix, we love sharing exciting new talent with you and today is no exception. After making a name for herself as an actress, Dublin-born artist Tara Lee is now ready to wow music lovers everywhere with her captivating sound.
Hailing from a musical family and having trained as a dancer in Dublin’s Performing Arts College, it’s safe to say that performing is in Tara’s blood. During her time in college, she explored her creativity by singing and songwriting, and has since honed her craft and found her own unique style.
Last year, Tara had the opportunity to showcase her talent by supporting Hurts on tour whilst earlier this month she performed at Live Nation’s ‘Female Artists to Watch For in 2019’ showcase along with Alice and Maeve. Following a performance at the International Music Industry Awards, Tara was immediately signed up by BMG Chrysalis publishing, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Last Friday (August 31), Tara unveiled her hypnotic debut single ‘Boyz’. Showcasing Tara’s ethereal vocals to perfection, ‘Boyz’ tells the twisted tale of toxic love. Despite Tara’s delicate vocals, it’s clear that this isn’t your bog standard love song – ‘Boyz’ is dark, gritty, edgy, and offers an alternate look at what it means to be in love.
Co-written by Tara, producer Justin Broad (Emeli Sandé, Izzy Bizu) and Paul Herman, ‘Boyz’ is a spellbinding offering which truly stands out in today’s market. There’s no doubt that there’s a special buzz around the songstress, and ‘Boyz’ is just the start of what she has to offer.
Tara has also shared a clever lipstick-filled lyric video for ‘Boyz’, which you can check out below.
Speaking about ‘Boyz’ on Instagram, Tara revealed that David Bowie’s music influenced the vibe of the song. She said: “I wrote ‘Boyz’ about 2 years ago. I didn’t write it with Bowie in mind, but he was all I was listening to that particular week, so it ended up being quite a musical nod to him.”
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When I played in New York in April, I was still mulling over what my first single would be. ‘Boyz’ was always a favourite of mine, but there were a few others in the mix and I wasn’t sure what visuals I could use to match the sentiment in the song. I wrote ‘Boyz’ about 2 years ago. I didn’t write it with Bowie in mind, but he was all I was listening to that particular week, so it ended up being quite a musical nod to him. On our first night, we went from the plane to the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition in the Brooklyn Museum. The video for Boys Keep Swinging was playing on a screen in one of the rooms; Bowie in drag as different women?Then I found this roll of film from a shoot by @masayoshi_sukita_official for the cover of Heroes. There’s a movement in a roll of film that you don’t get with one single shot, it felt more intimate and confessional. It just clicked. If I became the boys I was speaking about in the song, I could have the conversation with myself. Ask myself the questions. The setup for the shoot; the photographer (@bygsx ) across the table from me, an interrogation. She works mainly with men, and taught me how to sit like one, pose like one. The stylist (@borisumik ) dressed me in men’s clothes, with an unbuttoned shirt like my brother can get away with, but for some reason I can’t. BOYZ is an interrogation with myself. Questioning my choices and disposition. Pointing my finger at myself and laughing in my own face. ?
‘Boyz’ marks the beginning of an exciting time for Tara. At present, she is currently writing and recording with Swedish pop producer Jonas Quant (Hurts, Kylie Minogue), Blair MacKichan (Paloma Faith, Sia) and Justin Broad on even more new music for our enjoyment.
Alongside her music, Tara is also a television and film actress, most recently starring as Jessica in EastEnders. The multi-talented star has also starred in The Fall alongside Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson, Moon Dogs, and A Date For Mad Mary.
‘Boyz’ is available now.