NBC’s The Voice (#TeamTarraLayne)
Congratulations, Tarra Layne! Tarra chose Team Blake on NBC’s hit TV show The Voice. Season 11 premiered September 19th, 2016 starring coaches Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. Tarra’s Blind Audition of Black Velvet was unfortunately montaged, but can be downloaded on iTunes. For the battle round, Bette Midler becomes Blake’s team mentor and coaches Tarra and her battle partner Dana Harper through a tough pop song which Blake carefully designated for their performance. Tune in to see what happens!
Barbie & Monster High
Tarra Layne is a featured singing voice for Mattel brands Barbie and Monster High. Her power vocals graced the theme song “Strength in Numbers” in the March 2016 release Barbie SpySquad. She was a vocalist on “Shooting Star” from Barbie Starlight Adventure released on August 30th. Tarra took the lead on Monster High’s movie “Welcome to Monster High” that became available on DVD September 27th. The soundtrack includes songs “Better Together,” “We Are Monstars,” and “Feeling So Amazing.” All can be found at Target, Walmart, Amazon, Netflix, and iTunes.
More About Tarra
Tarra’s music resides in a place where Grace Potter, Amy Winehouse, and Gretchen Wilson collide – where gritty, care-free, home-grown soul meets sultry pop-rock ‘n roll. Combining her heavy 90s R&B upbringing with a love for rock and blues, Tarra is uprooting and constructing a style of her own. It has been referred to as “Funktry” due to her big soulful timbre, southern attitude, and contemporary twist.
Tarra Layne’s third-coming EP ‘Once You Go Red…’ featuring her roof-blowing single ‘Cherry Moonshine’ is just the beginning of a new musical journey for all to experience. Her lead song has earned her a Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Female Vocal as well as a place on the Hot 100 Unsigned Artists list in Music Connection’s 37th Anniversary Edition. She celebrated the EP’s release during PBR’s Cowboy Spring Break at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, performing alongside Universal recording artists Lauren Alaina, Cassadee Pope, Gary Allan, and The Band Perry – to name a few.
In 2013, Layne released her live sophomore EP, ‘The Yellow Couch Sessions,’ which generated interest from a special blues project based in Minneapolis, MN. Having lived in Nashville, and traveled coast to coast for various musical endeavors, she wasn’t expecting much from the seemingly random town in the midwest. Yet, she quickly realized she was not only recording a song written for Etta James, but also performing on a project with Grammy award-winning players such as Steve Cropper, Sonny T, Larrie Londin, Jellybean Johnson, and Norbert Putnam.
The occasion evolved into a rare opportunity that any artist, young or seasoned, could only imagine. She was offered the chance to record her own material with a handful of the heavyweights and soon found herself in a vocal booth peering through the glass at Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Russ Kunkel, and Dr. Matt Fink as they shredded away at songs that she had penned. Having only claimed residency in Los Angeles a few months prior, it was quite the kickoff to proceed her endeavors in the City of Angels.
It wasn’t the first time Tarra had reached an incredible milestone. Her first self-released single, ‘Beautiful Day’, earned her a spot gracing the stage with Gavin DeGraw and Vanessa Carlton at the Origins Rocks Earth Month Concert in 2012. ‘Beautiful Day’ had been up against over 4,000 submissions to win the opportunity and was featured in an Origins Skin Care campaign, which had widened eyes in the management world. After the event, she hit the road for a tour in New York and was recognized by Pittsburgh’s Iron City Beer as an artist on the rise. Returning home, she scored a spot hosting a small web-series called Hot Rock TV. Though short-lived, she interviewed celebrities such as the ‘Queen of Bluegrass’ herself, Rhonda Vincent, country star Phil Vassar, 80s icon Eddie Money, and the one and only Bret Michaels.
Layne sells her ‘signed and smooched’ merchandise online, an endeavor that has jet-propelled her Twitter fanbase. Currently in Los Angeles, she has landed demo sessions for Cirque du Soleil, television themes, and major artists. She is also continuing to write and perform regularly. To put it lightly, her tenacity in ‘keeping up with the big dogs’ as an indie artist is quite impressive.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, she attributes her sound to the city’s rich history – founded on blue collar values and fueled by the urban influence of Chicago and New York City. Like most, Tarra Layne Birdsall grew up singing in church and school choirs. With artists like Whitney, Aretha, Madonna, Michael, and Janis on replay, Tarra’s aspirations flourished. Her high school music teacher pushed her into competing, which heightened her desire to live her dream on stage. She dragged her passion to Nashville after her father, a very inspiring musician in her life, passed in 2008. She is now based in Los Angeles, CA.