Next Step Artist Spotlight: Tara Priya


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We’ve selected a winner for our Next Step Artist Spotlight Contest – congratulations to Tara Priya!

LA-based Tara Priya is really on a roll. The retro-soul singer/songwriter hailing from San Francisco has already been awarded several honors, including winning Billboard’s Annual Song Contest earlier this year. Beginning piano and poetry at age four, opera training at age eleven, and jazz training in high school, it’s clear that Tara has had her eyes on the prize for a long time. In fact, she breezed through undergrad at Columbia in two-and-a-half years, just so she could focus on her music full-time as soon as possible.

Since graduating, Tara returned to California and released her self-titlted debut EP in September 2010, which you can stream in full below. Make sure to take a listen to our favorite track, “Memories.” Above, you’ll find her adorable video for the infectious “Rollin,” which released last month. If you like Nikki & Rich, Tara may well be right up your alley.

We caught up with Tara over email and looks like she’s busy working on a second EP for this fall! Also, keep your eyes peeled for tour dates in LA, SF, and NYC! Tara’s current tour dates can be found after the jump.

Thanks everyone for your submissions! Heads up that round two of Next Step will be announced in a couple weeks along with some tweaks to the rules and an additional prize!

Tara Priya: the EP by TaraPriya

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Tour Dates
FRI, JUL 15 – Molly Malone’s – Los Angeles, CA
SUN, JUL 17 – Bastille Day LA Festival – Los Angeles, CA
SUN, AUG 7 – Fremont Festival of the Arts – Fremont, CA
SAT, AUG 13 – Long Beach Jazz Festival – Long Beach, CA
SUN, AUG 21 – Beverly Hills Farmers Market – Beverly Hills, CA
FRI, SEP 23 – 2011 Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
FRI, OCT 14 – Indie Week Canada – Toronto, ON, CA