Taryn Cross

Taryn Cross

 Vacaville, California, USA
SoloPopRock

After years of pounding the pavement in modern country, Taryn broke out of her shell and wrote a new collection of songs in the pop/rock genre. You can still hear her roots shine through in her sultry vocal delivery, but she has shown that she's not just a one-trick pony. With her latest release, "Break Some Rules", Taryn becomes the "new girl in town". Taryn is the perfect candidate to be the good girls' "bad girl". She is a unique mix of wholesome and edgy that everyone can relate to.

Biography

​I don't want you to read some scripted biography of "who Taryn is". I would rather you get to know me- the real me. I am just a normal girl from Washington. The thing that sets me apart- the thing that makes me who I am- is my passion for music. As the youngest of four children, I was always copying my brothers and sister. After watching my sister perform, I got the bug.  I was seven the first time I walked out on a stage in front of an audience. That little taste was all it took. Thankfully, I was blessed with the most supportive parents imaginable. I begged them to sign me up for anything that involved music: voice lessons, recording studio sessions, theater musicals, guitar lessons, piano lessons, and even fronted my first band at eight years old. I just couldn't get enough- and still can't! 


I was fortunate enough to tour with a successful Honky Tonk band starting at the age of 15. It taught me a lot about what it takes to be on the road and to pursue a career in this crazy industry. I released my debut CD shortly after, in the summer of 2007. At 17, I  started my own band and started focusing on what I stood for as an artist. In 2010, I released an EP recorded in Nashville with a Grammy Award winning producer. It was then that I was able to start taking on bigger shows and getting opportunities to "hang with the big boys". I have had the honor of sharing the stage with many artists that I look up to, including Randy Travis, Eric Church, Love & Theft, Jason Michael Carroll, Neal McCoy, and Joe Nichols.


​Currently, I am living in California, performing, and continuing to work on building my fan base. On October 1, 2016, I released my newest EP, "Break Some Rules". It was my first pop project and I'm very proud of my new sound. It was heavily influenced by the rock genre as well, but you can still hear my country roots in my lyrics and songwriting style. 


Although "Break Some Rules" is my third release, it feels like my break-out. I finally feel like my voice is being heard not just in the literal sense, but through my lyrics. I am ready to show the world my true self, to stop trying to please everyone (because I will always fall short), and start worrying about creating an experience for my fans that I am proud of. 


I am humbled by the fact that I have been able to accomplish things I would've once only dreamed of doing. I have had the honor and pleasure of sharing the stage with so many Greats of the music industry. I have brushed elbows with legends as I struggle to work my way up to the top, just as they did. Our paths in life are never for sure, but I will keep pursuing this passion as long as life will let me. 

Lyrics

Vanity

Written By: Taryn Cross and Chip Westerfield

Painted nails and painted faces
undermine social graces.
We walk through life with superficial cares
too involved in material affairs.

Fancy clothes and colored hair.
We're all guilty of stopping to stare.
Can't define reality and fiction
when appearance is our only mission.

Chorus:
Look at the mess of the world we have made. We're still impressed when it's all fake. Now a mirror is all we see. All wrapped up in vanity.

Pick the petals, he loves her....not.
Intelligence ain't what he wants.
Same sad story replayed again,
we feel obligated to pretend.

Chorus

Don't worry you can prove 'em wrong. You'll find your place where you belong. Someday we'll see that it's not up to us. Our best defense is not to judge.

Chorus

We're not perfect but we pretend.
It's a plastic world we're living in...
All wrapped up in vanity.

Discriminate

Written By: Taryn Cross

God never he won't let you in
just because you're different.
And he never said it was wrong to be the fallen branch in a forest of trees. He'll pick you up, he'll help you through, but you have to be willing too.

God never said you'd be condemned, as long as you can accept his gift. He already knows we all make mistakes, he's strong enough to forgive and forsake.

Chorus:
Let's all take a lesson from the guy in the sky, accept the truths we can't deny. He wants us all to get along, let's forget our own rules of right and wrong. You can't justify your hate. It's always wrong to discriminate.

Whether you like boys or you like girls, it doesn't apply to the whole world. If you're black or white, or in between, it doesn't change the way you're seen. Cause in God's eyes, we're all the same. We are responsible to represent his name. Love is the message he wants us to hear, so segregation will disappear.

Chorus

Let's come together and act as one. If God is here, it's what we should have done. Let's stop the fighting, let's start uniting. God has love for each and every one.

Chorus

Here's To Us

Written By: Taryn Cross

Here's to you, here's to me. Here's to us and our shattered dream. Here's to the promises and the I love yous. Here's to the lies that I wish were true. Here's to the times you spent the night, and making up after a fight.

Chorus:
Here's to my strength you took away, cause too many times times you convinced me to stay. Here's to what I thought was love. Good-bye, Baby, here's to us.

Here's to the plans you didn't keep, and kisses left on my cheek. Here's to the calls that never came, and the times only you were to blame. Here's to the feelings I wish I never knew, and here's to what I'm about to do.

Chorus:
Here's to my strength you took away, and too many times you convinced me to stay. Here's to what I thought was love. Good-bye, Baby, yeah, here's to us.

Bridge:
I knew it'd be hard to see you, so I left a note instead. And in place of me tonight, it's waiting on your bed. You want me to hold on, but I can't anymore. I'll never be the reason your heart is beating for.

Chorus:
Here's to my strength you took away, and too many times you convinced me to stay. Here's to what I thought was love. Good-bye, Baby, yeah here's to us.

Yeah, here's to us.

Here's to me, packing up my life. Here's to us, Baby good-bye.

Send The Devil Home

Written By: Taryn Cross

My mama, she was a pretty one
As innocent as she was young
Her only flaw was loving him
Now she’ll never love again

My daddy, he is a rough one
His mouth is like a loaded gun
The world shakes with his fists
When the rage grabs a hold of him

But he left behind his biggest mistake
‘Cause when he looks at me he can still see her face

I’m the daughter of the devil himself
I watched him put an angel in the ground
When I find him, Lord have mercy on my soul
‘Cause it’s time to send the devil home

He came as a snake in disguise
And tempted her to take a bite
He caught her by the wings
And killed more than just her dreams

But he left behind his biggest mistake
‘Cause when he looks at me, he can still see her face

I’m the daughter of the devil himself
I watched him put an angel in the ground
When I find him, Lord have mercy on my soul
‘Cause it’s time to send the devil home

I hate that I share his name
And can feel his blood run through my veins
She made me half a saint
But I’m only as good as my weakest link

I’m the daughter of the devil himself
I watched him put an angel in the ground
When I find him, Lord have mercy on my soul ‘
Cause it’s time to send the devil home

Death of a Dream

Written By: Taryn Cross

Sometimes the last day of winter
Is better than the first day of spring
Sometimes we’re dealt a good hand
Then bet it all on the wrong thing

Somehow the grass always looks greener
On the other side
But that’s just cause life looks prettier
Through someone else’s eyes

We never know what’s in store
We’re riding a roller coaster
I know it’s hard letting things go
Our hearts have high hopes for
They say life’s what happens
When we’re making plans
Somehow the under tow gets stronger
The more we plant our feet in the sand
They say we can be
Anything we wanna be
But sometimes growing up means
The death of a dream

You’re gonna fall flat on your face
Trying to climb your way to the top
But I’ve learned it’s those mistake
That make us who we are

We never know what’s in store
We’re riding a roller coaster
I know it’s hard letting things go
Our hearts had high hopes for

They say life’s what happens
When we’re making plans
Somehow the under tow gets stronger
The more we plant our feet in the sand
They say we can be
Anything we wanna be
But sometimes growing up means
The death of a dream

Sometimes when something dies
It brings new life
I’m a firm believer in
Things happen for a reason

They say life’s what happens
When we’re making plans
Somehow the under tow gets stronger
The more we plant our feet in the sand
They say we can be
Anything we wanna be
But sometimes growing up means
The death of a dream

Break Some Rules

Written By: Taryn Cross

I’ve always been Miss Goodie Two Shoes
It’s always been my style
Always followed every rule
Trouble didn’t seem worthwhile
Always said “no” to all the temptations
That kept going around
So tonight everyone's gonna be surprised
By the new girl in town

Gonna start some trouble, gonna cause a fight
There any no limit on tonight
Gonna smoke a cigarette for the buzz
Drive too fast just because
Gonna lead someone on, do things I shouldn’t do
I’m gonna break some rules

I was never one to disobey, no I’ve never been bad
But now I see that I’ve missed all the fun them rebels have
It’s my turn to get out of line
Make jaws drop and have a hell of a time, yeah

Gonna start some trouble, gonna cause a fight
There ain’t no limit on tonight
Gonna smoke a cigarette for the buzz
Drive too fast just because
I'm gonna lead someone on, do things I shouldn’t do
I’m gonna break some rules

I tried so hard to be a good girl, but I’ve been good for far too long I
I tried so hard to be a good girl, but I’ve been good for far too long
So tonight, tonight, tonight...
I’m gonna do some wrong....

Gonna start some trouble, gonna cause a fight
There ain’t no limit on tonight
I'll have another shot and dance on the bar
Use a fake name, forget who we are
Lead someone on, do things I shouldn’t do... Oh
Start some trouble, gonna cause a fight
There any no limit on tonight
Gonna smoke a cigarette for the buzz
Drive too fast just because
Gonna lead someone on, do things I shouldn’t do
I’m gonna break some rules

I Bet

Written By: Taryn Cross

I remember you saying I was overreacting
I remember her laughing, hanging on your arm
You swore it was nothing, you said I was just crazy
Over and over you said I was wrong
Well, I found out she stayed at your house
I bet you wouldn’t say that now (uh uh)

I bet you’re wishing you had better friends
Who weren’t so quick to turn you in
I bet you’re missing all you lost
Well, that’s what happens when you get lost
Oh, oh, oh, uh huh (uh uh, uh uh)
Oh, oh, oh, uh huh, yeah

I remember it perfectly just last week
All the sweet things you said to me
When you were still thinking you could get off clean (uh uh)
Oh, it ain’t that easy, no (busted)

I bet you’re wishing you had better friends
Who weren’t so quick to turn you in
I bet you’re missing all you lost
Well, that’s what happens when you get lost
Oh, oh, oh, uh huh (uh uh)
Oh, oh, oh, uh huh, yeah

I bet you’re rethinking everything
But it’s too late for you and me
I bet you’re feeling pretty low

I bet you’re wishing you had better friends
Who weren’t so quick to turn you in
I bet you’re missing all you lost
Well, that’s what happens when you get lost
Oh, oh, oh, uh huh
Oh, oh, oh, uh huh, yeah
I bet you’re wishing you had better friends
Who weren’t so quick to turn you in
I bet you’re missing all you lost
Well, that’s what happens when you get lost
Oh, oh, oh, uh huh
Oh, oh, oh, uh huh, yeah

bet, I bet, I bet, I bet, I bet, I bet
I bet, I bet, I bet, yeah

Pretty

Written By: Taryn Cross

I used to think that I should hide my face
With lots of make up ‘cause I look better fake
I’m always trying to lose that last five pounds (or 10)
But I feel tiny whenever you’re around
You’re the drug that I can’t quit
A dose of confidence

You make me feel pretty
You make me forget I used to care what other people said
You make me feel strong and now I believe
I’m worth everything you have to keep
You make me feel pretty

All of the things that make me insecure
Are the same things that make you want me more
I’ve felt less than good enough
But you make me feel like a million bucks

You make me feel pretty
You make me forget I used to care what other people said
You make me feel strong and now I believe
I’m worth everything you have to keep
You make me feel pretty

I’ve been ditched and been put down
You’re the best man I have found
I’ve given my all to get nothing back
But you know I’m worth more than that

‘Cause you think I’m pretty
Won’t let me forget you’ve never cared what anybody said
You know I’m strong and you believe
I’m worth everything you have to keep

You make me feel pretty
You make me forget I used to care what other people said
You make me feel strong and now I believe
I’m worth everything you have to keep
You make me feel pretty, yeah
You make me feel pretty, mmm

Sorry

Written By: Taryn Cross

You came, I was in a dark place
And I didn’t know how to put you first
I know you expected me to
Give you everything you deserved
Apologies can’t change anything
But I’d hate myself for never saying

I’m sorry for wimping out I’m sorry for breaking down
I should’ve believed
That we could make it through
I’m sorry for giving up
For not being strong enough
To just trust in us
There’s no excuse

I cut you out of my life
Now there’s not a day I wouldn’t go back
I thought I was doing what was best for you
But it was selfish on my behalf
Apologies can’t change anything
But I’d hate myself for never saying

I’m sorry for wimping out
I’m sorry for breaking down
I should’ve believed
That we could make it through
I’m sorry for giving up
For not being strong enough
To just trust in us
There’s no excuse
I just wasn’t ready
Ooh, I’m sorry

I held my head high while my heart broke inside
I let my tears dry when no one was there to see me cry
I hope you can forgive me
Though I’ll never forgive myself completely
No, no, no, no....

I’m sorry for wimping out
I’m sorry for breaking down
I should’ve believed
That we could make it through
I’m sorry for giving up
For not being strong enough
To trust in us
There’s no excuse
I’m sorry for wimping out
I’m sorry for breaking down
I should’ve believed
That we could make it through
I’m sorry for giving up
For not being strong enough
To trust in us
There’s no excuse
I just wasn’t ready
I just wasn’t ready
No, I just wasn’t ready
Ooh, I’m sorry

Discography

"Break Some Rules" -EP released October 1, 2016

"Might As Well Be Me"-EP released August 2011
"I Can Break My Own Heart"-Music Video released November 2008
"I Can Break My Own Heart"-Single released summer of 2008
"Taryn Cross"-Debut CD released August 2007

Set List

Taryn Cross' set lists include her own original music as well as various covers from numerous genres. She gives everything her own unique sound. For example, she covers songs from artists like: Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Adele, Sara Bareilles, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars, Patsy Cline, Hall & Oates, Grace Potter, Michael Jackson, and many more! She has the ability to bring the crowd to their feet for dance numbers or to their knees for an emotional ballad.