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Dara Tucker

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Oklahoma Rain showcases Dara Tucker as a formidable songwriter, able to express love, loss and healing simultaneously.

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From opening for Gregory Porter, to appearing on the Tavis Smiley Show, to winning the silver medal & the Ben Tucker Jazz Award in the prestigious, “American Traditions Competition” (2017), Dara Tucker is making her mark in the world of creative, exploratory music with a blend of jazz, soul, Americana and traditional pop that is uniquely her own.

In the past few years alone, she was named a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition, and won the “Nashville Independent Music Award” for best jazz vocalist. She has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Festival of Arts and Ideas, The Takoma Park Jazz Fest and the iRock Jazz Fest.

Her 4th studio album, Oklahoma Rain (2017), showcases her as a formidable songwriter, able to express love, loss and healing in one fell swoop. Having performed on many of the major jazz stages in the US, including The Blue Note (NYC), Snug Harbor (New Orleans) and Scullers (Boston) with jazz luminaries such as Peter Bernstein, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charlie Hunter and Helen Sung, Dara Tucker is poised to establish herself as one of the fresh, contemporary voices that will help to seamlessly move one of music’s greatest traditions into the 21st century.

Tucker’s Oklahoma roots are on full display in her latest studio project, named after the state of her birth. Though her diverse upbringing allowed her to experience life in various regions of the US, she still considers Tulsa, Oklahoma her hometown.

In 2014, she experienced a life-altering shift when both of her parents, passed away with very little warning. It is from that place of reflection and remembrance that Oklahoma Rain began to take shape.

Dara has always written from a deeply personal space, but the events of recent years have given great impetus to the creation of her most personal album to date. Weaving effortlessly between the genres that influenced her evolution, she sets forth to express the convergence of ideals that for Tucker, have come to represent Oklahoma itself: Home, longing, separation, loss and ultimately, healing.

She creates a mosaic of sound that reflects the influences that have helped to shape her since childhood – from the Gospel roots from which she sprung, to the jazz albums she listened to in secret, to the contemplative singer-songwriter music of the 70’s that lulled her to sleep each night. Each of these elements played a part in the formation of her first album to be comprised completely of original music.

The title track, “Oklahoma Rain,” beckons the listener to embark on a backwards journey through time. Dara calls on her extensive travels throughout the US as a child to evoke a sense of longing for what can never really be discovered again – the home of one’s youth.

“Radio” again plays skillfully with the theme of nostalgia as Tucker reflects on the songs of “yesteryear” that contributed to her musical foundation. Calling on influences such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and The Commodores, she’s penned a brand new retro jam that taps into the current cultural zeitgeist, while seemingly daring DJ’s to ignore it.

Smooth jazz lovers are sure to appreciate, “I Fall” – an old-school, feel-good 6/8 groove that expresses an age-old sentiment – the desire to find a love worth letting go for. Dara is joined, for the first time on a studio project, by a special guest – vocalist, Kevin Whalum. Together, they weave a harmonic web that holds these two voices together with the greatest of ease.

Another standout track, “Moving On” expresses the difficulty of finding one’s footing after a considerable loss. It manages to recall the mellow, guitar-driven melodies of the singer-songwriter era, while leaving the listener with equal parts melancholy and hope.

Tucker’s lyrical prowess is on full display on the charging ¾ call to action, “Oklahoma Rainfall.” In it, she paints a vivid picture of the ground-shifting chaos that ensues after one’s foundation is irrevocably shaken. Once again, calling to mind the singer songwriters that shaped her, she dabbles in a bit of Americana to echo the recurring theme of convergence that has come to define her native state.

In the sweeping ballad, “The Road,” Tucker gives a nod to one of her first musical loves – the theater. Drawing on her love of big, bold melodies, Dara has written a song that aptly showcases her formidable vocals, as she spins a mystical, lyrical yarn that conjures dreamy encounters with those who’ve gone before.

Dara maintains her grounding in jazz by collaborating with some of Nashville’s finest players – Marcus Finnie, Josh Hunt and Derrek Phillips on drums, Matt Endahl, Joe Davidian, Mason Embry and DeMarco Johnson on piano, Rhodes and organ, Kris Karlsson on acoustic guitar, Giovanni Rodriguez on percussion and Greg Bryant on bass.

For the first time, she experiments with a broader sound by layering in strings (Alicia Enstrom, Jon Estes & Liz Estes) and a blazing horn section led by Rahsaan Barber, Emmanuel Echem, and Prince pupil, Roy Agee.

Dara Tucker appears to be on the cusp of a career-defining thrust. Her melodic, lyrical and harmonic sensibilities have given shape to a sound that sets her apart in a major way. If you listen closely, you may hear the first few drops that signal the impending tide. In time, you’ll hear the rush of a mighty river sweeping through the musical landscape – a tributary that will forge its own path to the greater ocean of heartfelt, organic and sincere music so many are craving. Keep your ears attuned to the sound of Oklahoma Rain.

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