Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Real Name: Taran Gray Peirson

Country of Birth: USA

Birthday: April 6th, 1986

Childhood Experience: I grew up in the theater community of San Diego. I spent my childhood both immersed in the sun soaked culture of skateboarding and surfing, as well as working in a dark theater as an actor and electrician.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My band name is my middle name, it was my dad’s idea that I use it. My background in music stems from both my theater and church background. I started piano lessons when I was 5 years old and then picked up guitar as well when I was 15. I went to Southwestern College to get a music degree, but was offered a job 2 years in as a sound engineer. Since then I’ve continued to work in music including being the singer/host of the Dolphin Show at Sea World San Diego, and a cruise ship singer for Celebrity Cruise Lines where I worked while living in the Caribbean.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Synth Pop / Soft Rock. I wanted it to feel like a 1 on 1 love song on the surface, but the song itself was recorded in the spirit of a love song to humanity. It’s a celebration and admiration of world cultures.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Well, I’m a multi-instrumentalist. And I’ve invested a lot of time to be good at each of those instruments. I’ve also been a music producer in Hollywood for the last 6 years (and more years prior in San Diego). I think this blend is what creates the style of music I play. It’s modern pop music on almost all real instruments, a sound most would call counter-intuitive to modern pop music in America.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Even though I’m a music producer for other artists, I always have a co-producer on all my songs. I think it’s important to have that extra voice and accountability in the cockpit. For my song “I Believe”, that co-producer is Chase Ryan (brother of Disney star Debbie Ryan). He’s worked with a whole slew of well known artists. Chase and I also are the ones playing all the percussion on the track that’s backed by Malachi Johnson on drums. The song also features Bass (Darwin Avalos), Trumpet (Greg Zilboorg), Tenor and Baritone Saxophone (Jesse Aduelo), Analog Synths (myself and Chase Ryan), and a Choir (myself, Richard Allen, Jayvon Goff, Victoria Beall, Chelsea Martin and Andrea Gonzalez).

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been in the entertainment industry my whole life due to my dad who’s profession is as a lighting designer and performer for theater. The music industry specifically, I entered officially in 2012 when I discovered and produced an artist who ended up signing to Motown. Since then I have also has the opportunity to work with producer Rick Nowels (Adele, Lana Del Rey, Anita Baker, John Legend). My experience is that the professional music industry is a tight woven community. It’s intentionally hard to get in. As an artist/producer I think labels get a bad wrap this day in age for some reason. My viewpoint is that they supply the contacts, finances, and know how into you creating the best possible brand and content. I have a deep respect for Columbia Records / Sony and their approach with artists and worldwide exposure, I hope to join their roster.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Celebration, exploration, and culture.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t have a hit yet! So I’m not sure I can fully give an answer that should be respected. From my point of view, the three most important things in a hit song are a good hook, a young producer or co-producer that has his finger on the pulse of modern pop, and a great marketing campaign that must include either radio or TV/film placement.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

It’s an important time for intentional art. There’s too much going on in the world to create art that holds no purpose. Create art that offers perspective on current events, that attacks injustices, that celebrates unity, or that gives us an escape from the constant negativity we see daily. We all have a part to play in that.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Know your branding as an artist. What do you represent? What does your “ideal” fan look like (what’s their age, job, non musical interests, etc). Then use that branding as a road map. Otherwise drive aimlessly.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

“I Believe” is my first studio single. Before now I worked as a music producer for artists in the soul and pop genres. I’ve also co-written a musical called FREEDOM RIDERS: The Civil Rights Musical that won Outstanding Music from the New York Musical Festival in the summer of 2017.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

“I Believe” has a worldwide release on all major music streaming platforms including Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. Because I’m a multi-instrumentalist and producer, I always start with a rough instrumental or beat that I’ve created. Depending on what I feel the instrumentation is emotionally, I begin to craft lyrics that accentuate that emotion. Having lived in the Caribbean, I’m extremely influenced by Soca music and tend to use those rhythms within my songs. I want to write songs that carry an intentional message and I tend to write on issues of social injustice or creating songs of escapism that are celebratory and rejuvenating as to inspire people to be the change we need socially.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. Bruno Mars, Gwen Stefani, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins and Kenny Loggins.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. Since “I Believe” is my first studio single, I haven’t collaborated with other artists yet. However, I would like to collaborate on a song with my friend Jules Galli (who I produced a few years back), as well as with my friend Puscie Jones and Bruno Mars.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. www.Facebook.com/TaranGrayMusic www.Instagram.com/TaranGrayMusic www.Twitter.com/TaranGrayMusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-believe-single/id1290910131

www.cdbaby.com/tarangraymusic

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was introducing my parents to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the first time. My saddest day was the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’ll break it up into fifths. 1/5 will go into creating the best album, marketing campaign and tour for my music as possible. 1/5 will be invested into my musicals FREEDOM RIDERS and BAYARD that I’m developing. 1/5 will be invested in stocks, bonds, and bitcoin. 1/5 will be used to begin or partner with a social justice organization that fights for racial equality, 1/10 will be tithed, and 1/10 will be used as my money to live on.


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