There are singers and then there are soul singers. Mere female artists, and then divas. If a single phrase could describe vocalist, songwriter and performer Tara Hendricks (formerly known as “taragirl”), it would be “the truth!” Her powerhouse voice, contagious energy and charismatic songs have earned the Philadelphia-based artist a reputation as an indie star. With two releases, multiple sold out shows, openers for Grammy-winning acts, and outlets like The Daily News calling her “Philly’s next signature voice,” and popular blogs begging “Someone sign this girl, promote her and get her on her way!” (PhillyChitChat.com), she is certainly poised to break out onto the larger music scene.
Drawing inspiration from compelling artists like Aretha Franklin and EnVogue, to Nikka Costa and Emeli Sande, this artist’s blend of soul, pop, funk and r&b has wide appeal, with her vocal acrobatics and fiery stage presence gaining new fans at every turn since releasing her self-written debut The 26th Power in 2006, followed by 2010’s The City: Soul Suite. Those acclaimed solo projects garnered the songstress numerous accolades including Philadelphia City Paper’s “10 Artists To Watch,” Billboard/Discmakers’s “Top 15 Artists: North East” in the Independent Music World Series, as well as performances alongside the likes of Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Amy Winehouse, Chrisette Michele and ZZ Ward.
Prior to performing sold out gigs all around her adopted Philly home, Tara gained experience in musical theater and talent shows growing up in her native New Jersey. While studying vocal performance at NYU by day, she honed her skills at open mics by night. After graduating, the singer made a move that would change the trajectory of her career by relocating to neo-soul capital Philadelphia. The move came in the latter half of a successful decade where the city’s music scene spawned acts like Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Floetry, Bilal, The Roots, and the legendary Black Lily series, a showcase she read about in magazines and became one of her first feature performances. Soon after, Tara’s independent drive earned her opening slots for The Brand New Heavies and Avant. She paid her dues and built her fanbase one email at a time, establishing a sizeable following.
Now, Tara Hendricks is ready to unveil her third project, infusing her brand with a fresh look and sound. If her contagious, retro-infused single “Can’t Let Go”(2014) is any indication, Tara Hendricks is just starting to spread her wings.