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Dara Tucker

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: November 8    

Dara Tucker

”The music of any era contains within it the 'spirit' of that era. No one will ever 'out-Ella' Ella Fitzgerald, 'out- soul' Aretha Franklin or ‘out-write' James Taylor. We can pay homage; and then we can do the work that is set before us — to make our own creative statement in our own time in our own way.” —Dara Tucker

Jazz vocalist Dara Tucker's third studio project, ‘The Sun Season’ is a celebration of life, energy and the human experience though the eyes of a unique singer and composer.

The current project differs from her previous releases, ‘Soul Said Yes’ (2011) and ‘All Right Now’ (2009), in that ten of the twelve tracks that comprise ‘The Sun Season’ are original tunes with memorable melodies, rich harmonies and strong rhythms. These sensibilities are immediately felt on such tunes as “Sometimes Love,” “Beautiful Sun,” “The Sun Suite” and “See It Always.” Her gift of balladry, as evidenced on “Naïve”, and “The Nearness of You,” one of the albums two covers, reveal a mature singer with the wisdom to communicate the tender essence of love with a flair that is distinct and enveloping. ...
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Awards

Wfsk Artist of the Week - 1/08/2009 All About Jazz Video of the Day
During her brief career, Nashville jazz singer Dara Tucker has managed to catch the ear of some of the most significant figures in jazz.

“Dara Tucker is an amazing vocalist. She is brilliant.” – Cassandra Wilson

“Dara reminds me of many of the great singers in that she's able to try different material and her sound always comes through. She makes the listeners feel her soul.” —Dr. Lonnie Smith

“Dara Tucker is a vocalist who blends the soulful creaminess of Nancy Wilson with the sass ’n’ grit of Dinah Washington.” – Christopher Loudon (JazzTimes)

“Dara's voice is totally fresh. Her original songs are among my favorites, as they reveal more to me about who she is as an artist, and a person. Simply beautiful!” —Bennie Maupin

“Dara pulls from a diverse set of influences, but she knows that soul is the common denominator. Dara has a very distinctive voice —-she values melody and is always committed to the rhythm.” – Charlie Hunter

“Dara Tucker is both a stunning vocalist and consummate musician. She authentically weaves her personal story and experiences into her work to create music that is distinctive, soulful, and groovin' - her voice soars. World — say hello to Dara Tucker!” – Helen Sung

“I've known Johnny for years, but this is the first time I've heard Dara. I listened to the clip with great interest. Dara has the ability to attract not only the ear but the deepest grotto of hearts. That will take her a long way, perhaps the entire journey as she gives the future, with it's indistinguishable face, a face of her own creative making. As time unashamedly disrobes revealing all — I'll be listening.” – Benny Golson

“Vocalist Dara Tucker has a rich, emphatic voice that is instantly recognizable and memorable. She is also a technical marvel, gifted with great range, fabulous delivery and the ability to tell stories in such a manner that she can make the most venerable numbers sound fresh and invigorating.” – Ron Wynn (All Music Guide/Nashville Arts Magazine)

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The Sun Season

Watchman Music (2014)
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