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"Step Into Her Wonderland: Tamara Wellons"


When a woman can rock your soul and energy acapella you know your'e in the grace of some serious talent. The voice of Tamara Wellons is full of sultry jazz, soul, and r&b, and when you hear her amazing voice radiate throughout the room, you will have no choice but to rock to her groove.

Before Tamara Wellons could utter the word "mama" church folks in Ivor, Virginia already bore witness to this little girl with big voice. “I finally realized to get the best out of each performance; I had to push myself to higher and unplanned heights. It’s a beautiful and courageous feeling to challenge myself vocally." she says. “What I do is quite simply soul music and not because of what it sounds like, but because I write and sing from my heart,” responded Tamara when asked in an interview to describe her sound. Tamara is not only a beautiful songstress, but she is also a wife and mother, and she talks with us about how she handles her roles as a woman, a mother, and as a performer:


ymib: How do you want your music to inspire your listeners?


Tamara: I want people to feel at peace with who they are- human with all our complexities. I also want people to feel like “Hey I can do this too” or “This is me.”


ymib: What parts of life inspire you and your music the most?


Tamara: Struggle. It is such a big part of life; struggle with self, relationships, finances, love. The triumph of overcoming struggle is also inspiring.


ymib: Where do you find solitude or where is your most creative place to write?


Tamara: I don’t have much free time with a 4 year old and 1 ½ , plus one on the way in July, but I find solitude in the midst of chaos because I am forced to- for my sanity! When everyone else in the house is sleep, I’m awake. But most times, I get really creative in the car on my way to my hometown in VA. It’s a long drive and puts me in a different frame of mind. I’ve written some of my favorite songs driving on those long country roads/highways- using the cell phone or anything I could find to record my ideas.


ymib: Could you give us a brief description of what the songs "Like Rain" and "Spring Giddiness" are expressing?


Tamara:

Like Rain: Being a young new mother and wife and all the mixed feelings of happiness and abundance, blessings, trials, and uncertainty of life. The change in relationships with other people in your life as a result of being a mommy. The whole experience is surreal.

Spring Giddiness: It’s a poem by Jalaluddin Rumi, written thousands of years ago and interpreted. To me, it’s about the freedom in music, loving life, and the awareness of human qualities- doubt, fear, love, etc. All This Time:
This is about me being so preoccupied with trying to understand someone else when I didn’t quite understand myself; Like trying to love someone when you don’t love yourself. It was a revelation.


ymib: What 3 things in life would you tell a woman not to take for granted?


Tamara: Your relationships with other women; your health; and a sound mind


ymib: What do you cherish the most about motherhood?


Tamara: Everything . . . that first meeting, the proud moments when they accomplish something as small as saying “Thank you.” I cherish the cuddle time the most, I suppose.


ymib: What is your favorite affirmation or inspirational quote?


Tamara: "The courage to follow your dreams is one step towards your destiny".


ymib: What/where has been your most memorable performance and why?


Tamara: In my hometown with old and new friends and my family. I felt the most love and just had one of the best performance times. Also in London while I was 5 months pregnant. I just remember feeling free, like . . . “Hey I’m pregnant! . . . And in London performing! . . . and I look cute too!” Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.


ymib: What advice would you give to an aspiring singer?


Tamara: Know what you want and what you are truly willing to sacrifice to do this. Keep pushing forward. 10. How do you feel while performing? I go through stages- anxiety, liberation, and then I’m relaxed.


ymib: Any additional comments or advice for our readers?


Tamara: I have recently become a part of the Ocha Records (house/soul/hip-hop label) started by Osunlade and Carlos Mena. Look for releases of new songs on this label. www.myspace.com/ocharecords and soon to come www.casaocha.com


Visit Tamaras website at: www.tamarawellons.com





- By ymib.com Staff | Circle Sister


"Album Review: Tamara Wellons' Life Is"

It's been a while since the D.C.-area was noted for dance music. Baltimore has stolen the District's thunder in part because of highly respected producers like Karizma. But Tamara Wellons has helped focus more attention on the local scene due to at least part of her latest release, Life Is.

Life Is isn't a dance record per se, though two of its tracks received regular play in house deejays' playlists in the latter part of 2007 and in early 2008. One of them, "Oh Well (BahSonik Remix)" is grounded in the upbeat Brazilian/Latin rhythms that've become synonymous with the song's producer, Carlos Mena. Wellons' vocals ride the instrumental like a proverbial wave. On full display are her well-honed jazz stylings which aid in striking a perfect balance between the two extremes that often haunt dance music: overpowering music and overwheming singing. As she tells her tale of coping with the lack of a significant other, the matching of music and voice lessen the dappening effect caused by the song's subject matter.

Besides the more dance-oriented selections, Wellons puts emphasis on highlighting her soul-based jazz vocals. While featuring several original compositions and an interpretation of the Brazilian standard, "Corcovado," she really shines on her cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." For the first time ever, Kurt Cobain's rage-charged indecipherability has been made comprehensible with a sense of calm. The radical musical departure from the original is difficult to compute at first listen but after a few more spins, it starts to seem right. Again, Wellons is a jazz vocalist. That term connotes a smoothness that was completely absent in the original version of "Teen." Yet, she's talented enough to pull it off with startlingly positive results.

Over Life Is's 12 tracks, Wellons demonstrates a stylist steadfastness that translates regardless of the song's substance. Despite this, the album is never boring. Backed by capable musicians and producers, Wellons has birthed an album that deserves recognition due to her ability to take music and shape it into the creation she desires, and that's the true mark of an artist.


Tamara Wellons' Life Is and other music can be found on iTunes or her web site.
- DCist: J. Jacarl Melton


"Sample Tamara Wellons Life Is"

A few weeks ago we featured Bounce-Worthy songstress Tamara Wellons whose debut album, Life Is, will be released this week on Ocha Records. We got our hands on a sampler of the album, and it's been a non-stop party here at SBHQ ever since. Tamara houses us up, then chills us out on this seven-minute slice of Global Soul from Life Is. Executive produced by Carlos Mena and Osunlade, this is another album to add to your weekly shopping list.

If you're in the DC area, then check out Tamara's album release party this Wednesday night at Bohemian Caverns. A copy of the CD will be included with the price of admission, which is a deal you can't beat with a bat. More information can be found on the Bohemian Caverns website and tickets can be purchased here. After you listen to the sampler below, check out the album's tracklist after the bounce and see the flyer for Wednesday night's party. - SoulBounce: likebuttababy


"Introducing . . . A Star"

Special to washingtonpost.com/MP3
Monday, November 29, 2004



Has the daily grind got you down? Are you looking for a remedy? R&B vocalist Tamara Wellons has the answer.

Wellons's EP, "Introducing…Tamara Wellons," is full of rich, soothing melodies and warm, romantic lyrics. Take one listen and feel the stress begin to melt away.

"Now we're here -- it's been years and I'm still in love with you," Wellons croons on "Finally," a tender track she co-wrote. This singer added the title of "songwriter" to her name only a few years ago.

"I just wanted to take my music to another level," she says.

Wellons can trace her roots to Ivor, Va., a town of just 320 people. According to the singer, this small town upbringing adds to her music.

"Growing up, I felt like our family wasn't rich monetarily, but we were rich in love," she recalls. "All of that has made me a person who appreciates the little things in life."

Now Wellons has a family of her own, complete with the new addition of her second child. Help from her husband, combined with a good support system allow this vocalist to juggle performing, teaching fifth graders and motherhood.

"Oh my gosh it's not easy, but we're happy and not stressed" she says with a laugh.

Do parental duties detract from her music? Wellons claims her role as a mother only enhances her songwriting.

"In the weeks since my daughter's birth I've been inspired to write so much material. Both children have changed my outlook on life," she notes.

"A lot of women that aspire to do things sometimes might feel that being a wife and mother hold them back," she continues. "I hope that in my life and music they can still dream and do things they dream of."

Wellons's music has taken her many places in the Washington area - and even across the Atlantic.

This past spring the singer performed with Charlene Hector at Ocean, a popular jazz club in London. Hector is best known for singing in recent Coca-Cola commercials.

Back on this side of the ocean, Wellons can be found onstage at Twins Jazz Club and Bohemian Taverns among other places. She chuckles and says, "Of course I want to get to Constitution Hall eventually."

With her standout vocals and memorable music, Wellons's path to Constitution Hall may be shorter than she thinks.

Music by Tamara Wellons can be found at her MP3 page.




- By Korin Miller


"SOUTHERN BELLE MAKES UK DEBUT"



Tamara Wellons featured at Acoustic Feeling 3


WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2004)- LiL SoSo Productions (LSP) announced today that Tamara Wellons will be performing at “Acoustic Feeling 3” at the OCEAN MUSIC VENUE, Marc Street, Hackney, LONDON, on Friday, April 16th.

After hearing her debut EP “introducing…Tamara Wellons,” the promoters of Acoustic Feeling, wanted to know more about this singer/songwriter. Just who is TAMARA WELLONS? To those not familiar with her music, she is one of Washington, DC’s premier female vocalists, who southern sensibilities and urban approach to music make her a likely ambassador for the DC music scene.

“What I do is quite simply soul music and not because of what it sounds like, but because I write and sing from my heart,” responded Tamara when asked in an interview to describe her sound. Her recently released debut EP has received rave reviews and has generated quite a buzz in the house community, with a few remixes soon to be released later this year.

Tamara will be performing as part of a line up that includes Sharlene Hector and Jennifer Phillips beginning 8 pm on Friday, April 16th at the OCEAN MUSIC VENUE, Marc Street, Hackney, LONDON.

- LiL SoSo Productions kat@lilsoso.com


"Soul Watch: Tamara Wellons"

The voice in it's pure form, without musical accompaniment or technical production, is a beautiful thing. The first thing I usually do when I visit an artist's site is go straight to the music. That's exactly what I did on Tamara Wellon's site. There was an acapella track so that's the one I decided to listen to first. What a beautiful voice!

Tamara's CD, "Introducing, Tamara Wellons" is available through her site. Another project entitled "Tamara in Wonderland" is available for free download.

Currently Tamara is working with poet Naima Jamal on an EP that will be released this winter and working on a full length album. Her jazzed-up version of Nirvana's hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" will be released soon. Tamara Wellons is definitely one to watch. Make sure you check her out. Thank you to DJ Stylus for bringing Tamara to my attention.

- Honey Soul on August 31, 2005 11:08 AM


Discography

Album Release: "Life Is" 2008
"Out of this World" Seasons Limited 2009
"Higher Power" Jellybean Music 2009
"Broken Wings" Tea Party Music 2009
Single Release of "Oh Well" Ocha Records March 27, 2007
. . . introducing, Tamara Wellons EP 2003
Tamara in Wonderland Mix CD 2005
Ocha Records 2006 Sampler CD
"Seasons" Priest da Nomand featuring Tamara Wellons

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It has been said that your voice can take you places. For Metropolitan based singer/songwriter Tamara Wellons, her powerful and graceful vocals have taken her everywhere from her hometown church in Ivor, Virginia to smoke filled stages in London.

Tamara's eclectic and addictive blend of soul, jazz and house is a fresh, flavorful and classic contribution to the global soul community. Her upcoming debut record "Life Is is set to be released this September on Ocha Records, a joint venture between House DJ/Producer Osunlade and Carlos Mena.

The buzz surrounding the project has been building since Tamara's first single release "Oh Well" (voted Traxsource's Best of 2007 Top 100 Singles) which garnered Tamara with a following of soulful house music aficionados from Baltimore to Greece. It's been almost three years since Osunlade discovered Tamara after she handed her cds to the berproducer at the 2005 Winter Music Conference. One fan described the club hit "Oh Well" as having the "sickest hook ever heard!.

In 2007, Tamara enjoyed some success after the "Oh Well" release with performances throughout Washington DC (Mirrors, LIV), New Jersey, Detroit (DEMF), and New York. The single was featured on the Grammy Award winning DJ Roger Sanchez Release Yourself: Volume 6 Dance Compilation CD and is a playlist favorite among numerous djs, podcasts and mix cds. The Bahsonik remix has proven itself to be a dance floor mainstay among club goers throughout the East Coast region.

Tamara's follow-up, "Like Rain", was released April 2008 with mixes by Jihad Muhammad and Nomumbah. The Runoff Groove describes the single as truly on that other level, in terms of groove and being motivational.think Soul II Soul meets Jazzanova while hanging out in Brazil. Wellons collaborated again with Muhammad on this summer's hit "Right Now released on the infamous 161 Downtown.

Wellons also took time to collaborate with Italian Producer Anton Vitale on the original track "Broken Wings" which will be released on DJ/Producer Ian Friday's Tea Party Music Label. World renowned DJ and producer John Beltran will have a special Latin mix on this project.

Tamara's music reflects that of a passionate artist. While growing up in Virginia, Tamara was known as the "little girl with the big voice." Singing was only natural for the granddaughter of the legendary gospel group The Pritchett Sisters. While studying at Bowie State University, Tamara immersed herself into the sounds of eclectic jazz and soul music as well as, her school's jazz ensemble. And even today, she's known to add a little Nancy Wilson or Ella Fitzgerald to her set. Tamara can flow flawlessly from an acapella to an acoustic accompaniment to a full band.

Though Wellons musical foundation lies in gospel and jazz, she's an artist who appreciates all genres and is known for bending them her way.

This is showcased on her version of the Sinatra's hit Fly Me to the Moon" released on "Introducing .....Tamara Wellons released in 2003.

Wellons approach to the standard was refreshing, soulful and cruised well over the hip hop track produced by Grammy Nominated KOKAYI. Her innovativeness was also showcased on her courageous rendition of Nirvana's anthem, "Smells Like Teen Spirit". The song is quickly becoming a favorite among soul music fans.

Wellons says she is pleased with where her new project has taken her spiritually. I was able to let a lot of past issues go during this process, she says. "Life Is..." features production by Osunlade, Carlos Mena, and KOKAYI.

Wellons hopes the twelve songs on "Life Is..." will take listeners on a journey through her own life as she balances motherhood, past relationships and commitment. It is the fearlessness and humility that has allowed Tamara to let go and flourish as an artist.

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