I deliver strong, sweet vocals and accompaniment that is tasteful but exciting. I can perform either solo or as a duo/trio/4-piece band - whatever suits the energy and volume level of your event.
I have original material as well as up to 2 hours of covers by greats such as Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones, and more, and I can also perform up to 3 hours of Holiday music ((link hidden)). I do take special requests.
It's the perfect choice for a reception or gathering where the music adds flavor and interest, without overwhelming!
Beautiful voice and adjusted performance based on the type of event. A beautiful addition to our event. Thank you
Tara played a great set of music and our residents loved her. We will be asking her to come back in the future for special events. Strong voice, and very nice person.
Tara did an amazing job helping me achieve a successful proposal. Tara sang amazingly, and my fiancé and her family loved her! Thanks, Tara, for being a part of such an amazing moment!
I had never used GigSalad before and was a little nervous. Tara was so prompt to respond and answered all my questions for me. On the day of the event, she was on time and really asked questions to learn what would be most appropriate for our event. Her voice is absolutely stunning. She is incredibly talented. It was such a pleasure to have her be apart of our event. Thank you Tara!
Tara is very professional. She made sure that she was able to accommodate exactly what I was looking for for my event. Her voice is beautiful and I could see her fitting the ambiance in a variety of settings. My event was at a country club and, although it was a small audience, members complemented her beautiful singing voice and choice of songs. I would definitely recommend and rehire Tara.
Tara and her two bandmates (drum and stand-up bass) were a fantastic addition and helped make our intimate wedding dinner party as perfect as we could imagine. Everyone raved about their sound and Tara's absolutely gorgeous voice. Thank you so much!
Tara is probably one of the most outstandinging singers I have ever heard. Very professional, musically flexible, extremely talented. She literally wowed the crowed young and old. I highly recommend her for any event.
Thank you Tara for your great paino playing/ singing, and your lovely personality. I think you just became a holiday tradition for our family!
Price Range: $150 and Up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
I am a versatile performer and I can adapt to suit the needs and energy of many different types of events. My repertoire includes Jazz Standards (Sinatra era), Soul/Folk originals, contemporary covers (Sam Smith, Ray LaMontagne), and Holiday Music.
Reception or cocktail event? I can bring my keyboard and/or guitar and provide a sweet and relaxing backdrop for your guests.
Party or informal gathering? Fun, upbeat music keeps it light and entertaining without overwhelming the focus of your get-together.
Ceremony or other music-specific event? I can easily learn 5-7 song requests to suit the needs of your day and deliver the perfect cover you've been hoping for (additional songs can be arranged for a fee).
I often perform solo, but can also perform as a duo/trio/4-piece band.
Diva Folk artist Tara Velarde combines commanding vocals and thought-provoking lyrics into a genre distinctly her own. Part soul, part singer-songwriter, part blues-rock, and with a splash of the theater, Velarde takes the stage with charm, sass, and a quest to find the far reaches of her vocal abilities.
Listeners liken her performance to Adele, Brandi Carlile, and Carole King - great female powerhouses with a lot to say. Glide Magazine states that Velarde “embodies that elusive combination of swagger and sensitivity. She writes songs with a sharp sense of poetics and vulnerability, and then steps up to the mic to her deliver words and vocal melodies with powerhouse pipes”.
With the recent release of her album "Rise" (2019) following her freshman “Get Out and Walk” (2016), Velarde stays active in the studio and on the road touring the US. She has shared bills with Michael Franti, Gaelynn Lea (NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner), and Haley Heynderickx, and recently made her European debut with a 3 week headlining tour.
Additional Booking Notes
At least a 5'x10' area for a solo performance, and at least 10'x15' for a group.
Flat ground, with overhead cover or a second area to perform in case of inclement weather.
Performer can provide a small sound system at no additional fee.
Past Booked Events
|June 22, 2019 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
|February 14, 2019 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Dinner Party|
|December 31, 2018 • 12:00am - 1:00am||Surprise|
|December 06, 2018 • 3:30pm - 6:30pm||Christmas Party|
|August 11, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Dinner Party|
|August 03, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
|March 03, 2018 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 24, 2017 • 5:30pm - 9:00pm||Christmas Party|
Originals can be found on all streaming services
Examples of Classic Covers:
"Dream a Little Dream of Me"
"The Way You Look Tonight"
Examples of Contemporary Covers:
"Valerie", Amy Winehouse
"You are the Best Thing", Ray Lamontagne
Influences & Inspiration
2 or more DI Boxes
Cords and Cables for PA and Instruments
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