Tara Slone

Tara Slone

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Tara Slone's sometimes gritty, sometimes angelic classically honed voice – an instrument of dazzling power and elasticity – and the result is nirvana. Not for nothing is Slone considered one of contemporary rock's most inimitable performers.

Biography

Tara Slone
Just Look Pretty and Sing
Official Bio – Winter 2007

Here's a gnarled but handy homespun metaphor – to best study the surface of something, you must sweep aside all the stuff on top. It holds true in life and it holds especially true when considering the deeply personal, fiercely rocking new release from singer/songwriter Tara Slone, Just Look Pretty and Sing.

Since Slone's career is already jammed with achievements and accolades (and some pretty snappy anecdotes), it's easy to be distracted from the story at hand. So to better focus on the new record, which Slone describes as "My baby… something that means the world to me," let's address a few things straight off and move on:

• Yes, the information you read on the world wide web is (mostly) true; Tara is a Montreal born, Halifax bred, classically trained, Buddhist , poutine-loving Habs fan who worked in the classical department of Sam the Record Man all through high school

• Yes, Tara Slone was the commanding voice of critically acclaimed pop/rock combo Joydrop. No they're not together anymore (record label woes, not bad blood) but the experience was defining and exalting

• Yes, Tara Slone was that dynamo, Sabbath-and-Bowie-belting chick (a finalist actually) on Rock Star: INXS. No she didn't win but she's fine with that. Really

• Yes, the album's title was inspired by a true-life comment made to Slone by someone she thought she knew. Yes it hurt like hell but it got her reflecting and songwriting. And no, she doesn't want to talk about it

Right, let's proceed. Almost three years in the making and built on a bedrock foundation of words and music by Slone and Jordon Zadorozny (Hole, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Blinker the Star), Just Look Pretty and Sing pits sheer rock ballast against knowing lyrical nuance, abiding melodic sensibilities against ferocious guitar squalls.

That alone would make for a righteous rock record. But add to the mix Slone's sometimes gritty, sometimes angelic classically honed voice – an instrument of dazzling power and elasticity – and the result is nirvana. Not for nothing is Slone considered one of contemporary rock's most inimitable performers.

"This record is just so meaningful for me. I don't want to rate it as more meaningful than Joydrop because Joydrop really informed this album," Slone allows. "But this is my baby and it means the world to me. I put my heart and soul into it and put my proverbial ass on the line," she cracks. "This is me, exposed."

Whether she's wailing, as she does (in both French and English) on the album's snarling, blustery focus track, My Little Secret, or soaring high above the action in the poignant Adore, Slone's voice is the lifeblood of each song. If further proof of her exquisite command of a song is needed, consider Slone's brash take on the David Bowie chestnut Suffragette City. She effortlessly achieves the perfect balance between homage and reinterpretation.

"It was a song I performed on Rock Star: INXS," Slone explains. "I love the song, I love Bowie and it just seemed like a good addition to the record. We kind of took it and made it our own so it's not exactly like the original."

As for the rest of the album, Slone says, "I tried very hard to write music that I love and to come from an honest place. Because this record came together over a long span of time, there was a lot of space for introspection. And this was the first time I felt very comfortable writing.

"In Joydrop we were four songwriters writing and I didn't necessarily always feel invited to participate in that way. So this record was very freeing for me. And for most of that time I was in a fairly intense relationship so…," she laughs, "that always helps."

There's little doubt that Just Look Pretty and Sing would have been a different beast were it not for the profound involvement of Jordon Zadorozny, who served as co-songwriter, producer and studio player plus muse of sorts.

Take, for example, his peripheral but lasting impact on the song, The Perfect Girl, which Slone describes as "my ode to Hall & Oates and the Honeydrippers.

"That was one of the magical things about working with Jordon. He's just got such eclectic tastes. We were listening to all kind of different stuff and revisiting stuff I might otherwise have discarded like Hall & Oates who I came to love.

"Jordon and I go way back," Slone continues. "We both lived in Montreal in the early 90s and had friends in common. We didn't know each other but we knew of each other. I discovered him when Blinker the Star came out and was awestruck by his talent.

"Then a few months after Joydrop broke up (in late 2002) and I was starting to think about co-writers, I ran into Jordon at a show. He was totally open to the idea of doing some writing with me so I headed to Pembroke, Ontario where he's based and it just clicked."

Slone's Joydrop-era fans will find several touchstones on Just Look Pretty and Sing.

Lyrics

We Were Stars

Written By: Tara Slone & Jordon Zadorozny

Looking back at what we’ve seen
I just can’t help wondering
What was and should have been
You didn’t know it
I didn’t show it
You mean everything to me

We were surrounded by the light
Moving like one inside the night
We were all shining, we were stars
Oh how I wonder where you are
It’s a lonely road without you

You were the one that got away
Know I’ll never be the same
‘Til the joy drops again
I know we had it
Goodbye was the saddest
Thing I ever had to say

We were surrounded by the light
Moving like one inside the night
We were all shining, we were stars
Oh how I wonder where you are
It’s a lonely road without you

Goodbye starlight
Goodbye sunshine

We were surrounded by the light
Moving like one inside the night
We were all shining, we were stars
Oh how I wonder where you are
It’s a lonely road without you

The Perfect Girl

Written By: Tara Slone & Jordon Zadorozny

I miss the good things while I’m looking for the bad things
So I didn’t even see you smile
My world don’t look good through suspicious-coloured glasses
And I still can’t look you in the eye

I may not be the perfect girl
But I know I can keep it together
This may not be the perfect world
But I know we can keep it together

You say sometimes I give you all that you can handle
And then I give you even more
You say you didn’t want another song about you
Honey, this is what you signed up for

I’ll take this moment, we’re not going to last forever
I might as well be here right now as long as we’re together
Oh, I love you so
No matter what they say we know what we’ve been doing
‘Cause they don’t know a thing ‘bout us and they don’t know ‘bout lovin’
Oh, I love you so

My Little Secret

Written By: Tara Slone & Jordon Zadorozny

My little secret You turn me upside down
I don’t know what to do When you’re not around
I think I got a Bad condition
And when I’m sick you’re My prescription

You look good You feel good
It’s so good Wish we could
Find a way to Be together
My little secret There’s nothing better

Nothing turns me on like you do
Nothing comes together like we do
I’m so high I just might lose my mind

My little secret
You’re my addiction
You’re my medicine
You’re my affliction
You’re the real thing
You’re my infection
My little secret
You’re my injection

You’re like a habit Can’t live without you
And when I’m all alone I think about you
I almost let it out Was talking in my sleep
You’re like a good dream So soft and so sweet

Just a little bit Don’t wanna waste it
So close that I can Almost taste it
Stay with me Forever
My little secret There’s nothing better

Sally Gets High

Written By: Tara Slone & Jordon Zadorozny

Who are you when you wake up
Where are your claws and make-up
What did you take home with you
What comfort does it give you

When Sally gets high, yeah she wants you to see her
She’s living out loud ‘cause it’s all for the theatre
You can join any time but she won’t let you leave her
Sally, who are you

The sunshine feels like burning
Night stays alive with curtains
All makes for strange bedfellows
Should you spit or did you swallow

When Sally gets high, yeah she wants you to see her
She’s living out loud ‘cause it’s all for the theatre
You can join any time but she won’t let you leave her
(When Sally gets high, yeah she wants you to need her)
Sally, who are you

American Dreamgirl

Written By: Joydrop

Hey Mister Music
with all your allusions
your foregone conclusions
your grand delusions

Hey Mister Music
my name’s not Honey
don’t call me Dear
my eyes are up here

I am not your American Dream

Hey Mister Music
the life of the party
where everyone’s pretty
and everyone’s easy

I am not your American Dream
I am not your American Dreamgirl

Beautiful, wasted
Surrounded by the world that made us
Plastic and wanted
Subscribing to your airbrushed magazines
Filled with American Dreamgirls

It Never Comes

Written By: Tara Slone & Jordon Zadorozny

Don’t need no fortune teller
Don’t need no looking glass
You’re always looking for those moments to hold onto
To reconstruct your past

What can I do?
Your world was always up to you
I wanted it too
Now you’re the one
Standing here staring at the sun
But it never comes

And when you’re done pretending
At the end of the night
You wish away the pain and money that you’re spending
On your temporary sight

Michael it’s true
People with less get more than you
Michael it’s true
It’s a sad situation and it’s killing you

Discography

Tara Slone "Just Look Pretty and Sing" /Released March 6, 2007
The Orange Record Label/Universal
Produced by Jordon Zadorozny

Joydrop "Viberate" /Released April 12, 2001
Tommy Boy Records/BMG
Produced by GGGarth and Joydrop

Joydrop "Metasexual" /Released April 8, 1998
Tommy Boy Records/BMG
Produced by Ron St. Germain

FACTOR

Independent Loan 2003
“Just Look Pretty and Sing”
TSLo Records
Produced by Jordon Zadorozny

VideoFACT & PromoFACT Awards

2004
“My Little Secret”
Dsquared Productions

2006
“We Were Stars”
Soft Citizen

2006
www.taraslone.com
website grant

VIDEO AIRPLAY

“Beautiful”
1999, 2000
Medium Rotation at Much Music
Heavy Rotation on MTV2 (USA)
Featured on MTV (USA)

“Sometimes Wanna Die”
(featuring Tommy Lee)
2001, 2002
Heavy Rotation at Much Music and Much More Music
Reached #1 at Much More Music December 10, 2001

RADIO AIRPLAY

“Beautiful”
1999
Reached #13 on Billboard Modern Rock Chart
Top 20 on Canadian Modern Rock Chart

“Sometimes Wanna Die”
2001
Top 10 on Canadian Modern Rock and Pop, and A/C charts
Top 5 on Quebec Pop charts

“My Little Secret”
2006
Currently charting on Canadian Modern Rock and Pop
French and English versions

AWARDS/NOMINATIONS

Nominated for “Best New Group” (Joydrop)
2002 Juno Awards

Winner of “Best New Group – Pop” (Joydrop)
2002 CRMA's

Winner of the Rock Category
International Songwriting Competition 2003
“We Were Stars”
Tara Slone/Jordon Zadorozny

TELEVISION (selected)

Co-Host – ET Canada “Road to Rockstar
Following contestants for Rock Star “Super Nova”
Fall 2006

*Top 10 Finalist on “Rockstar: INXS”
CBS/Global TV, 2005

The Mike Bullard Show
Featured on CNN
NHL Anthem Singer (Hockey Night in Canada)
Over 15 appearances on TSN's “Off the Record”
Recurring role on “La Femme Nikita”
Special Correspondent for CTV's “Etalk”
Regular Correspondent for Global's “ET Canada”
Host of Global's “Road to Rockstar”
Recorded and performed in the video, “Song for Africa”

PRESS (features)

Chart Magazine
Flare Magazine
Razor Magazine
Billboard Magazine
Spin Magazine
Tiger Beat
The National Post
The Toronto Star
The Montreal Gazette
NOW Magazine (Toronto)
Capital City (Ottawa)
The Georgia Strait (Vancouver)

Set List

My Little Secret
Sally Gets High
We Were Stars
The Perfect Girl
American Dreamgirl
It Never Comes
Suffragette City
Adore
Shades of White
For Kate
My Little Secret (French Version)
Beautiful (Joydrop)
Sometimes Wanna Die (Joydrop)