Dara Tucker

Dara Tucker

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandJazzR&B

Dara Tucker performs both jazz and "Urban Singer-Songwriter" music. Influences: Contemporary jazz singers such as Jane Monheit and Lizz Wright, and legends like Mel Torme. Songwriters James Taylor and India.Arie. It's 'listenable' jazz inflused with a love for progressive, soulful rhythms.

Biography

Dara Tucker was born into a musical family. So it’s no surprise that her love affair with music began at such an early age. The product of a music minister father, and a songstress mother, she began singing in her Tulsa, Oklahoma church at age 5. By age 8 she was playing simple melodies on the piano and soon began accompanying her brothers and sisters at performances. Says Tucker, “We performed as a group in churches and youth events throughout the city. It was a real proving-ground for us. We grew our own musical legs, independent of our parents. That was a very important learning time.” Throughout her college years, Tucker continued to hone her skills as a vocalist and musician. After obtaining a degree in International Business and German studies, she worked for a time in the corporate language-training field, eventually relocating to Interlaken, Switzerland to study German. It was there that Tucker began to write the first of her very personal songs. “I discovered my own creative voice during my time abroad,” Tucker says. “That’s when I began to realize that true artistic expression comes from a very personal place. You can’t fake it. My songwriting speaks of some hard-learned lessons, and long-fought battles.” Rather than allow those experiences to breed bitterness and distrust of the world, she channeled them into a unique musical discovery. “I found something within myself that I didn’t realize was there -- music’s ability to ensure my spiritual and emotional survival. No one can ever take that away from me,” says Tucker. Tucker’s original songs speak to her life philosophy. Among the first songs she wrote during her time in Switzerland is an ode to the importance of risk-taking -- I Dare Not Dream. Songs such as Golden Time and It All Works Together were soon to follow. With their R&B edge, songs Beautiful Sun and Loving You highlight her versatility while staying true to a common theme of living life to the fullest. Dara Tucker’s original songs fuse her gospel roots with jazz’ subtlety and free spirit, while paying homage to American Folk music. Her style, while difficult to pigeonhole, can best be described as Urban Singer-Songwriter. With subtly soulful undertones, she seeks to convey her pensive, searching, but always-hopeful outlook on life through her music. Since moving to Nashville, TN to pursue music fulltime, Tucker has begun to establish herself as a strong presence in Nashville’s burgeoning jazz scene. Displaying a love for standards and swing that belies her years, Tucker’s reverence for the Great American Songbook can be felt in her careful delivery of these timeless songs. In January of 2009, Dara's long-awaited debut CD release, “All Right Now,” was released independently. Dara’s music can be heard on local Nashville jazz stations, 89.5, WMOT and 88.1 WFSK. She performs regularly at Sambuca in Nashville's trendy gulch district, the legendary F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar in the Green Hills district, & the long-standing Jefferson Street Jazz and African Street Festivals. She has also performed at Snug Harbor in New Orleans, The Rutledge, Boscos and The 12th South Taproom. Visit Dara online at www.myspace.com/daratucker.

Lyrics

Walk On

Written By: Dara Tucker

Verse 1

I see you walkin’
Down the line
Memories distant
From the corner of my mind
Photographs faded
They’re gone away
Maybe you’re walkin’
To find your yesterday

Chorus

So keep on walkin’
And know that He will hold your hand
Keep on walkin’
And know in time we’ll understand
Keep on walkin’
And know you’ll never walk alone
Walk on
Til you make it home

Verse 2

A travellin’ soldier
Is what you are
And I don’t guess I told ya
But I see your battle scars
Now you’re finally shakin’
That heavy load
I see you takin’ that final journey down the road

Chorus

So keep on walkin
And know that He will hold your hand
Keep on walkin
And know in time we’ll understand
Keep on walkin
And know you’ll never walk alone
Walk on
Til you make it home

Bridge

And know that He’s there
Just to bring you peace of mind
When you’re runnin’ in place
Just to stay a step behind
But you can make it
And I know you will
You have made it

Verse 3

I know it ain’t easy
To find your way
A permanent silence
Can bring you so much pain
But you kept on walkin
You kept your pace
And now He’ll say well done
Cause you’ve finished up your race

Chorus

So keep on walkin
And know that He will hold your hand
Keep on walkin
And know in time we’ll understand
Keep on walkin
And know you’ll never walk alone
Walk on
Til you make it home
Walk on Ma’am Ma
You have made it home

A Father's Love

Written By: Dara Tucker

A father's hands will shelter you
A father's eyes will see right through
And though a father's love was never there for you
Somehow you knew
Just what a father's love was always meant to do

A father's heart will lead the way
A father knows just what to say
And though you never knew his love from day to day
You chose to stay
And give the kind of love that never fades away

Guided by His love, you give
The kind of love that seems to come so naturally
And I can see you're guided by His grace
You take the time to teach your children
All they need to learn
And you receive their love in return

Your children watch you as they grow
A broken heart they'll never know
If you will guard their hearts and shield their fragile souls
When you are old
They'll show a love that brings you shelter from the cold
If you will guard their hearts and shield their fragile souls
When you are old
They'll show a love that brings you shelter from the cold

The father's hands will shelter you
The father's eyes will see right through
When you are down
He'll comfort you
When you are lost
He'll see you through
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa...

The father's hands will shelter you
The father's eyes will see right through
When you are down
He'll comfort you
When you are lost
He'll see you through
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa...

Discography

All Right Now - 2009

Tracks played on WFSK and WMOT in Nashville, as well as WWOZ in New Orleans:
"That's All," "Avalon," "Time After Time," "Someday My Prince Will Come," and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."

Set List

Set 1 (Typically 1-hour sets)

Spring Can Really Hang You Up (A)
Autumn Leaves ( C)
Embraceable You (C#)
The Very Thought of You (D)
Avalon ( C)
It’s You I Like
Time After Time (G)

Set 2

On a Clear Day
Someday My Prince Will Come
Nature Boy (B flat)
On the Street Where You Live (E)
It Could Happen to You (E flat)
Our Love is Here to Stay
Just in Time
The Nearness of You ( C)
Route 66 (D)

Set 3

Pure Imagination
Come Rain or Come Shine
What is this Things Called Love (G)
East of the Sun (E Flat)
Tangerine
That’s All (F)
Just a Closer Walk with Thee (F)