By the age of 21, Tara Mathew had achieved more than most could ever dream of in a lifetime’s music career. As a teenager she had won numerous respected awards and aged only 15 she was selected to sing the opening song at Canada’s most prestigious national event, The Canada Games, following which her songs were constantly broadcast on national TV and radio.
Tara also became a ‘Musical Ambassador’ for the Canadian Government, which led to her performing at VIP events across the US, Mexico and Canada. She sang at Canada’s parliamentary building for the Governor General of Canada and she even shared the same stage as Celine Dion at the Pan-American games performing to an audience of 80,000 people.
To top all of this, Tara graduated from one of Canada’s leading music universities with the highest mark awarded in 40 years for operatic vocals, which led to her being offered 1 of only 10 places available worldwide each year at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
But it was at this point she decided to take a sabbatical before committing herself to a career in classical music and she volunteered to do charity work in India. To Tara’s surprise she fell in love with this work and new country and for the next 5 years, she lived in India working across a range of projects from caring for people in the slums with AIDS and leprosy to running a coffee bar youth project in Bangalore.
Whilst in India, Tara kept her musical interests alive by touring with her own band, but the pinnacle of this was her solo performance at Asia’s biggest televised Christmas event, Gloria Deo where she was seen by a UK label boss, who immediately offered her a recording contract, which led to her moving to England to record an album.
Since her arrival in the UK a little over 12 months ago, Tara has sung to thousands at a packed Exeter City FC stadium, performed live to millions on BBC Radio by appearing on shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool, Cornwall and Devon. She has also appeared a number of times on Sky TV, performed at prestigious venues such as celeb’s favourite, Chinawhite nightclub in the West End, at The BBC Club W1, Mayfair's Embassy club and has recently enjoyed the success of her first single, ‘He Said She Said’, which was remixed by dance wizards, Almighty and proved to be a big hit in the clubs throughout the UK.
The press has also caught the buzz and she has been featured in and also appeared on the cover of a number of national magazines including Music Week, The Star, Pick Me Up, Full House, The Weekly News, Liberti and Outstanding Women, along with many regional newspapers and Web features. To see how much of an impact Tara has made, just Google: Tara Mathew!
To take things to the next level, Tara now has a full band with some of the best musicians around, which also includes the unique addition of an orchestral percussion section played by one of the county’s leading (and Royal College of Music award winning) percussionist’s, Ed Scull. The band is an impressive setup of timpanis, marimba and xylophone along with the more familiar congas, bongos and timbales, guitar, bass, keyboards and drums.