Tara Tinsley

Tara Tinsley

BandFolkAcoustic

Tara Tinsley's music has the acoustic feel of Jack Johnson and Jewel, mixed with the female edge of Avril Lavigne, fueled with the concept of Tom Petty.

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Biography

If she doesn’t initially win you over with her looks, you’ll definitely fall victim to Tara Tinsley’s infectious voice and sound. The female acoustic artist, based in Tracy, California is currently accomplishing more than many people do in a lifetime.
In November, this “Tomboy” musician, surprised many when she exchanged her dirtbiking boots for a pair of high heels when she was accepted into the Miss California USA competition representing San Joaquin County. In 2006 and 2008, the young musician packed a suitcase and her guitar to tour Japan in a string of Navy Base shows, baseball games, and other venues. As if performing multiple shows and events wasn’t enough to take on, Tinsley also managed to make special appearances on radio stations, TV shows, and to record a new album and music video while overseas, proving that there’s no slowing her down, especially when she’s out of eye’s view. She’s been making the rounds at California clubs, festivals, fairs, and other venues gaining fans and support in every corner. Many have described her as our very own (local) version of Jewel, and the talented singer/songwriter regularly sings the National Anthem at motocross races including the U.S Open at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, a feat many should hope to achieve.
Tara Tinsley’s hit songs, "No Escaping You", "Sail Away", "Highway Run", "Where To" & "Physically Impossible" are being played on radio stations in Northern California, Florida, New Jersey, Los Angeles, the United Kingdom and in Japan. She has also appeared on the television show Movement on TV Japan as well as Sacramento & Company on ABC and The Tahoe Tonight Show on RSN TV. Tara's debut album, "Come and Go" and her more recently released album, "Sail Away" are currently being sold on iTunes and in stores in the United States and Japan. She has opened for bands such as David Benoit, Smashmouth, Sister Hazel, Augustana, Shiny Toy Guns, and Boston and has performed at major venues such as, the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA , the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, CA as well as Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN.
            Tara Tinsley won the 2006 Modesto Area Music Award for Best Acoustic Artist and now resides in their Hall of Fame. Also, Tara and her band won the Best Band Award at the 2006 Annual Bands 4 Bands Awards ceremony and has had numerous nominations over the years from Best Album to Best Singer. In 2009, she brought out her passion for the environment when she started her club “Musicians for a Better Planet” where musicians and music fans get together to do beach clean ups and other activities to bring awareness of our impact on the environment. Tara Tinsley plans to continue her world travels as she frequently tours United States and in 2010 heads across the Atlantic to tour Europe and to make a return to Japan. If that isn't enough, she is already has plans in the works for her 4th album which is planned for release in 2010. Self managed, she is continuously accomplishing her list of goals and more. Her next goal is to take it to the next level with the right representation and to sign with a major record label. Her sights for the future always stay high along with her ambitions and her discipline for hard work.
Self taught on guitar since the age of 14, Tara Tinsley wrote her first song the day she learned her first chord. At age 18, she moved from Michigan to California to pursue her dreams to be to become a successful, professional musician and to use her influence to make the world a better place. Armed with a repertoire of over 300 songs and her determination, she has come a long way in these past years. As she continues to set her goals higher and with her diverse background and outgoing personality, the world will only see more and more of Tara Tinsley.

Lyrics

Highway Run

Written By: Tara Tinsley

On a long empty highway I am all alone
I'm so scared but I'm never going home
You sing to me sweetly in my memory
But goodbye to that cause the world ain't free

Thought I saw happiness but it was just a ghost
You left me hanging when I needed you the most

Chorus:
Oh baby baby baby
I don't see you anymore
Oh baby baby baby
Quiet the music, love it, and then you cry
Quiet the music, love it, and then you die

The world is falling down all around me
You say you don't see it which shows me how naive you can be
When I was little I thought I could change the world
It's amazing what you think you know when you're just a little girl

Thought I saw happiness but it was just a ghost
You left me hanging when I needed you the most

Chorus:
Oh baby baby baby
I don't see you anymore
Oh baby baby baby
Quiet the music, love it, and then you cry
Quiet the music, love it, and then you die

Bridge:
Everything around me just keeps changing
From the morning to your eyes
And all the while I just keep aging
With you always on my mind

Chorus:
Oh baby baby baby
I don't see you anymore
Oh baby baby baby
Quiet the music, love it, and then you cry
Quiet the music, love it, and then you die

On a long empty highway I am all alone
I'm so scared but I'm never going home
You sing to me sweetly in my memory
But goodbye to that cause the world ain't free

No Escaping You

Written By: Tara Tinsley

You don't know what's wrong or right
Between these days and nights but I do oh I do
You seem to think I'm crazy it's true
cause I can't get enough of you and what you do.

I feel like there's no escaping you
I feel like there's nothing I can do
I feel like there's no escaping you
oh yeah

Feeling just like this and imagining the way you'd kiss
The things I wish you'd do, I wish you'd do
I'm starting to think I'm crazy it's true
cause I can't get enough of you and what you do

I feel like there's no escaping you
I feel like there's nothing I can do
I feel like there's no escaping you
oh yeah

I don't know why I've been so lonely
I'm seeing that you never call
Still I've been thinking about you only
When I shouldn't think of you at all
When I shouldn't think of you at all of baby
when I shouldn't think of you at all

I feel like there's no escaping you
I feel like there's nothing I can do
I feel like there's no escaping you

Sail Away

Written By: Tara Tinsley

You can drown out a bird's song
Level a mountain and build all year long
Cut down every tree you see
and extinct the birds and the bees

And I'll sail away
I'll sail away

The ocean is the only thing left that's free
Cause no one can govern the sea
I'm floating away on the next wave
while you live your life by the roads that you pave

And I'll sail away
I'll sail away

You start a war, smother what's right
Well how do you sleep at night
All you look at turns to dollar bills
cause you think the land is at your will

So I sail away
I'll sail away
I'll sail away
I'll sail away

Where To

Written By: Tara Tinsley

Emptiness is gone but distraction is in your face
Can't find the time or the pencil to erase
The words that you wrote into my heart's mold
I need to find the place where I can grow old

Don't you love me
Don't you need me
Don't you love me
Yeah yeah

Tired of dependency even when happiness stays
I need you to hear my I love you's in all the thousand ways
So tonight I'll drink alone and do a toast to myself
Cause I am no longer me I am somebody else

Don't you love me
Don't you need me
Don't you love me
Yeah yeah

I don't know where to go from here
Cause everything I want is in my rear view mirror
Where to
Where to
Where to you
you

Don't you love me
Don't you need me
Don't you love me
Yeah yeah
Don't you love me
Don't you need me
Don't you love me
Yeah yeah

Discography

"Sail Away" 2007
"Come and Go" 2005
"Intoxication of the Heart" 2002

Set List

Available as an acoustic duo or full band.

TYPICAL SETLIST ORINGINALS:
No Escaping You
More Than I Should
Like This
Sail Away
Highway Run
Don't Tell Me
Another Time
Where To
Just Because
Controlling Me
When You Leave Me
Roommate

SETS:
Typically anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours but we can play for longer if needed.

COVERS:
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Hotel California by The Eagles
Call me by Blondie
& more!