Sheldon Tarsha

Sheldon Tarsha

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Tarsha delivers powerful music with an energetic live performance.

Biography

Having spent years in Hollywood fronting various bands, Sheldon Tarsha was a renowned, although relatively unknown, artist. In 2003, he emerged from obscurity when he was named Male Vocalist of the Year in a national singing competition, and performed live on the US-syndicated 'Mark and Brian' radio show. He recorded a best-selling EP, which won him 7 International Songwriting Awards from Billboard, Independent Music Awards, International Songwriting Competition, and Song of the Year.

Tarsha capitalized on the buzz of his newfound notoriety by immediately hitting the live stage. A fiery performance of the classic rock anthem, “Welcome to the Jungle”, caught the attention of former Guns N' Roses member Steven Adler, who co-wrote the song as well as the host of others on the seminal rock masterpiece ‘Appetite For Destruction’. He offered Tarsha the gig as lead vocalist for a world tour with his own band, Adler’s Appetite. They performed for hundreds of thousands of fans. In true Rock n’ Roll spirit, controversy was never far behind during their trek. In the midst of speculation of over-indulgence of the rock star lifestyle, Adler went AWOL in Europe. The band returned home amid much scandal and publicity.

Like the phoenix, Tarsha has risen from the ashes of Adler’s Appetite, vowing to continue his Rock n’ Roll mission. Scheduled for official release in Jan. 2007, Tarsha returns to the spotlight with his first full-length, self-produced album, 'PROPHECIES'. Already being hailed as a modern rock tour de force, ‘PROPHECIES’ shows Tarsha at his best. Blending a contemporary heavy sound with the kind of old-school rock, which is now experiencing a resurgence, Tarsha is in ready position to dominate the rock world. Working with top names in the industry, he has cultivated a worldwide fan base and will tour internationally in support of the new album. To get more information and hear the music, visit Tarsha’s website at www.tarsharock.com.

Lyrics

Ten Stars Away

Written By: Sheldon Tarsha

TEN STARS AWAY

When sunlight hides and shadows fade
I think about your warm embrace
One with time where I stand still
Calling to your light

Feel your power pull me in
Wrap your rays around my skin
Feel your hands take hold of mine
Faithful to design

Ten Stars Away
I'm comin' there for you
Ten Stars Away
For a love that's true
Through space and time
I'll travel through the great divine
You're not too far
Ten Stars Away

Remember when we used to fly
When we were young
When we were high
On those imaginary wings

So tell me when did we decide
That we should run
That we should hide
From imaginary things

Ten Stars Away
I'm comin' there for you
Ten Stars Away
For a love that's true
Through space and time
I'll travel through the great divine
I'm on my way

Leave my sins and all the troubled years I lived behind
Heal my sorrow with your kiss
Show me innocence and everything I have inside to live
Help me forget
Help me forgive
Show me all there is

In the emptiness we fill
I touch the wind and feel the chill
And all my worries pass me by

I feel the darkness melt away
In the velvet glow we make
And knowing love that never dies
Is keepin me alive

Ten Stars Away
I'll find my way to you
Ten Stars Away
Where our love is true
Through space and time
I'll travel through the great divine
I'm on my way
To stand beside you love
and laugh at tales of rain
Oh it's true
Ten Stars Away
I'm always here for you
You're in my heart
Ten Stars Away

My First Hit

Written By: Sheldon Tarsha

My First Hit

Now that I know
I can't believe
I'm out of luck
I'm in too deep

I'm losin' touch
I'm caught in time
I'm holdin tight
And I've been wastin' my whole life

I've been running in rewind
Fallin' far behind
In a world that's numb

Throw me away
Throw me away

My First Hit
Cleanest high
Hardest trip
Takes me over

My First Hit
Meanest ride
Strongest grip
Devil's clover

My First Hit
Makes me nod
Makes me itch
Kills me slower

My First Hit
I admit
I don't feel like I'm ever comin down

I close my eyes
I take it in
Hide from my pain
Escape my skin

I'm wired up
I'm hollowed out
I feel diseased
And it's too late to put it down

I've been running in rewind
Fallin' far behind
In a world that's numb

Throw me away
Throw me away

My First Hit
Cleanest high
Hardest trip
Takes me over

My First Hit
Meanest ride
Strongest grip
Devil's clover

My First Hit
Makes me nod
Makes me itch
Kills me slower

My First Hit
I admit
I don't feel like I'm ever comin down

Tell me it's too late to turn around
Who am I to think that I won't drown?
Will any of this will matter in the end?
It's gettin' close again

How many times
Can I sieze the light?

My First Hit
Cleanest high
Hardest trip
Takes me over

My First Hit
Meanest ride
Strongest grip
Devil's clover

My First Hit
Makes me nod
Makes me itch
Kills me slower

My First Hit
I admit
I don't feel like I'm ever comin down

Never comin' down
Never comin' down
Never comin' down

Dirty

Written By: Sheldon Tarsha

DIRTY

Turned on by nasty habits
Strung out on fierce desire
Hooked hard on the rolls we play
Want you to come with me
And be my four-letter slave

Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good

I take and throw it all away
To get this feeling that I crave
Cause when you give yourself to me
It's everything I need

Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good

Baptized with melted candles
Purified to violate
Love how you can't deny me
When the ropes are tied and you're on your knees

Give me the pleasure with your pain
Bless me with pornographic slang
Submit your innocence to me
It's everything I need

Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good

I take and throw it all away
To get this feeling that I crave
Cause when you give yourself to me
It's everything I need

Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good
Dirty and it feels so Good, Good

Discography

Sheldon Tarsha has undergone superhuman metamorphosis with his new album, Prophecies. He is now simply TARSHA, and at the risk of stroking his humble ego way out of proportion, I'd like to now refer to him as the ‘Apocalyptic Messiah of Rock’. I just bought and heard the new CD through and through, and I have to say, I'm amazed! Album Art isn't dead but actually back! It's not only a great rocking album, but an album like in the days of the LP, that's more than surface deep, with conceptual unity and still plenty of room for interpretation. ‘Prophecies’ is rapturous, virtuous, completely original, and sounds like Tarsha, the artist.

Prophecies is cathartic, going from "Dirty" to "Generation-H", from original sin to exodus to a place of unity and harmony. This is what's been missing all year--something epic, something about the human race from birth to death and all that's in-between, a story of biblical proportion from a unique and sincere perspective, speaking to individual hearts as well as addressing humanity at large. This album is so huge, so cult, it's classic. I already had total respect for Tarsha as a top notch songwriter and musician with his 2005 self-titled EP, but he's grown to be so much more; he has a real vision and things to say with his first full-length album. He's got it all--pitch, control, power, tone, and phrasing. He's a precise and lyrical player. I can say that his metamorphosis is complete and he's well on his way with a killer package to tour with this coming year.

I was particularly blown away with "My First Hit" and "Buried On the Inside" (his voice sounds great! Interesting chord changes in this song, too), though I also love "Ten Stars Away", "Skeletons", "Cynical Christ", "Let You Go" and I'm quite moved by "Generation-H" with that sweet guitar opening through which unfolds a third eye-opening, transcendental coming home anthem. "Why Fight" and "Modern Day Exodus" are important pieces on the CD and give greater meaning to the whole.

Overall, Prophecies is driven by contradicting desires for sex and purity, fantasy and truth, and a courageous call for peace, all delivered with a modern edge and unparalleled command by the most outstanding male rock voice of our time! Job well done! If you want something refreshing, skip the superficial, carbon copy, thoroughly played out scene, and buy Tarsha's new CD, Prophecies, and count your lucky stars for the long-awaited Second Coming.

-Review By Sali Oguri