“Tara Beier is a prominent example of how dynamic, refreshing and eclectic the Folk panorama is, in its broader genre meaning. Listening to her work, even the most exigent sound literate will acknowledge how much she’s capable of pouring genuineness, devotion and passion into a too often virtualized, streaming-stifled and idea-lacking present music scene."- AMERICANA ROUTES
Tara Beier is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, born in Vancouver, Canada. Known for her raw and beautiful voice and honest story-telling, she has a fiercely independent approach to music. While often drawn comparisons to artists like Angel Olsen, First Aid Kit, Neko Case and Stevie Nicks, she succinctly holds her own within the alternative folk-scene.
As the image of the singer-songwriter evolves in the 21st Century, artists like Tara Beier are at the forefront, bridging past and future sounds while offering a lyrical perspective both personal and universal. It’s the foundation of her new six-song EP, California 1970 (2017), which brilliantly builds on what she began with her acclaimed debut album, produced by Bret Higgins of the Great Lake Swimmers, Hero & The Sage (2016).
With no intention to make her life as a musician, in a very short time, Tara has moved incredibly fast in the music business. She has been published and performed in high profile venues and festivals in the US, Canada, Germany and the UK, with a growing worldwide community of dedicated fans that honor her authenticity. She is bi-racial, her father is of Filipino, Spanish heritage and mother, Canadian, of Austrian, Scottish and British heritage.
"Tara Beier's music is a pretty accurate gauge of today's universal human condition which in many parts of this tumultuous world continues in a downward spiral toward the inhuman condition.
In the cautionary tale "Wild China Tree" (about neighbourhood gentrification from EP "California 1970") Beier writes, "We gotta love a bit better. My soul keeps crying. Because you keep hiding the truth from me. Stop the hate machine."
Beier, a Vancouver expat who moved to L.A., is concerned about her politically charged country.
She works with many talented musicians including guitarist Ted Jones, son of legendary keys master Booker T. Jones.
This song goes back to the '60s and '70s," notes Beier who played folksinger/activist Buffy Ste-Marie in the 2015 film-festival docudrama short "Covered.""
"That was the time where people could actually say stuff. They were fighting for peace and the same things," says Beier.
"Now these days it is just not there anymore," she adds with a sigh. "So I am hoping my to get my music out there so people can get inspired or they can just listen. Because there are so many kinds of music everywhere. But I feel there is not a lot of music that is bringing forth what we really need to hear.
"Beier started playing music when she was in Grade 1. Her grandfather also played piano and she studied for 10 years.
"California 1970" is Beier's insightful chronicle of L.A. life filtered through a sonic kaleidoscope from soft-pop synth and pedal steel to vintage Wurlitzer. Alt-rock opening track "Fools Paradise" (directed by Beier) is about a mentally unstable Norma Desmond-like life-worn woman's struggle to find truth between romantic fantasy and austere reality.
Rocker "Diana" is about a runaway Beier met when she was living in the Valley, and "Hollywood Angel" written in Topanga, features a '70s Wurlitzer vibe.
Beier considers herself more of a writer than a singer, meaning she writes "from the tune or the instrument."
"The instrument is really important for me," she says. "I think that is what got me into producing, too. Then of course my voice, words, and lyrics come on top just like the icing on the top of an ice cream cake..."" - THE RECORD, Singing to Inspire Peace