When it comes to dance music, Tara McDonald is one of the most successful vocalists in the world, in fact, she has often been called ‘The Queen of Dance’!
In April 2012, Tara signed a 2 album deal with Universal Record’s sub-label Mercury, as a priority artist for Continental Europe.
Her first album due for release in 2014 is entitled ‘I Like This Beat’ and proves that Tara is much more than just a talented and unique vocalist, witnessed by the fact that she not only co-wrote but also executively produced the whole album from start to finish.
What may be surprising is that the album consists of two sides.
With her roots firmly entrenched in dance music, one side of the album brings Tara back to the dance floor and comprises of collaborations with not only some of the most established names in this genre, but also the best of the new generation of upcoming DJ/producers.
The other side is more experimental and shows Tara moving into electro and more radio friendly pop music which she showcases with the first and second singles ‘Give Me More’ and ‘Shooting Star’.
It doesn’t matter which side you’re listening to, what is for sure is that Tara will impress you with her breathtaking vocal ability.
You might well be wondering who Tara McDonald is or where she came from?
Tara graduated from the famous performing arts Brit School in the UK whose other notable students include Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, Leona Lewis and Katie Melua. Aged 9, she performed in Les Miserables, Aged 12, she performed a lead role alongside Jude Law at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Aged 12 she also won the internationally televised UNICEF children’s singing competition hosted by Audrey Hepburn. Tara’s passion and determination saw her singing alongside many legends of rock and pop such as Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), Roger Walters (Pink Floyd), Andy Taylor (Duran Duran), Jocelyne Brown, Eric Clapton and Ringo Star (The Beatles) among others.
Since this amazing beginning, Tara has focussed her passion and love towards dance music and has collaborated with some of the biggest names world-wide. In 2009/2010, she was the resident singer for Hed Kandi in Ibiza. In 2010, she performed at Tomorrowland (the biggest dance festival in Europe) on the main stage with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Dada Life singing the official Anthem for the festival ‘Give into The Night/Tomorrow’that she co-wrote.
Most notably, she leant her vocals to Armand Van Helden’s worldwide smash ‘My My My’ and has since collaborated with Axwell (Swedish House Mafia) on ‘Feel The Vibe’, Todd Terry on ‘Get Down’ and David Guetta on ‘Delirious’ and ‘You’re Not Alone’ which featured on his Pop Life album. In addition, Tara has also enjoyed collaborations with global DJ’s/producers Nicky Romero, Sidney Samson, Joey Negro, Laidback Luke and Afrojack.
Tara released ‘Pandemonium’ with David Guetta & Afrojack on the F*** Me I’m Famous compilation.
The House Music diva has an abundance of hits that have sailed into the top 10 in International charts playing regularly on radio networks across the World.
Tara was invited to be an assistant vocal coach on The Voice (Belgium), a role she accepted willingly with her experience of being a credible vocalist being used to mentor some of the best new vocal talents.
Tara launched her own weekly radio show ‘Shut Up & Dance’ on the biggest dance radio station in Europe, Radio FG. She is the only vocalist to have her own show which she presents, produces and programmes all by herself. By launching this show, Tara joins the likes of Carl Cox, David Guetta, Bob Sinclair, Laidback Luke, Armin Van Buuren and other established names.
Her first solo single ‘Give Me More’ was one of the most playlisted tracks on European commercial radios during the summer period – #10 Radio Airplay.
The weekly show was rebranded to ‘I Like This Beat’ (also the title of the debut album), now broadcast in 44 countries / 53 FM radios around the world, onboard Emirates airlines, and also a podcast on iTunes and DjPod available worldwide.
Contrary to all expectations, the Queen of the Dance Tara and the platinum selling Queen of R&B French-Canadian Zaho, joined together for a collaboration, a single called ‘Shooting Star’. The track is sung in English and in French. This unexpected collaboration was critically acclaimed for its artistic originality – #18 French TV Airplay – #30 French iTunes pop charts – #5 French Radios Airplay.