Tell us about yourself.

I’m a Canadian vocalist and songwriter. I have lived in many small towns in Canada and Montreal, Cameroon and Ethiopia. Currently I’m in Vancouver Canada. I am the blonde sheep in an exclusively academic family.

Releasing music independently, I have placements on Film + TV, have performed for corporations such as BMW and De Maurier, and have received national airplay for (5) different song releases thus far.

I also ran a recording studio and label services company, and have founded a 1:1 coaching business exclusively for artists known as The Artist Revolutions Studio.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

While I can sometimes be introspective, I certainly care about the well-being of people and our planet and am an entertainer at heart. I am obsessed with the self-improvement revolution and am very hands-on in my 1:1 coaching business known as The Artist Revolution Studio. It gives me the chance to nurture and guide developing artists in the industry.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

I’m in the female vocal pop genre, with EDM and R&B influences. This particular song is 100% straight up Christmas pop.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

This song is about having all your favourite people in your cozy festively decorated home, for an annual Christmas house party… the best damn one at that! 😉

The character in the song is that person who has a million lights on their house every year and is obsessed with the holidays. So obsessed that “just like santa claus, she’s been planning tonight since last year” as the song says…

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.

I think it’s the balancing act of doing it all as an independent artist. Managing time, working with other creative and getting exposure are all challenges that an independent artist faces. Self-care and planning are super important. Trying to manage social media and run your music career in a professional manner while finding time to focus on your own well-being is something I’m trying to balance. It’s been essential for me to focus on actually living my life (you can’t write songs without life experiences) and carving out some serious creative time.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

I started writing Christmas songs in August this year (which was a little late even to get started). It wasn’t until late September that my co-writer and I stumbled on the “Christmas Party” idea. Originally it was “could we be any merrier” – his lyric idea. We set the stage lyrically for a situation where we “could not, in fact, be any merrier” then realized…duh, we’re at a Christmas party. Then that became the chorus. After that I brought it to the producer and we laid out a vocal and started building a track, got some session musicians in and really just had fun with it. We were influenced by Meghan Trainer, the new Gwen Stefani album and Kelly Clarkson.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Christmas Party appeared in the “I Like Her Style” Magazine Holiday Gift guide.

MusicDish*China is featuring the song on their YouTube channel as well as a feature blog post.

@themonsterthread has included me in their very best of indie music thread

I have been featured by wellness and business coaches and bloggers, Amber-Lee Lyons @thechakragirlco and Monica Woodhams @monica.woodhams

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goal.

I started with the goal of getting a song on the radio, which I achieved with a song on my first album called “Any Other Day”.

Since then, I created and ran a successful industry networking night, have performed countless shows and have had 3 placements on film and TV. The first one was on the CW Network show “Beauty and the Beast” and the second on Degrassi TNG (where Drake got his start). I ran an independent recording and label services studio for 2 years, where I was creative director and co-owner, and I now run The Artist Revolution Studio  and of course write and release music.

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

I’m inspired by big ideas and new ideas and I love a familiar idea with a new perspective. When I hear something that sounds like a song title I write it down immediately or record a hook on my phone. It comes up in conversations, listening to other music, and reading/watching shows or movies. I love the idea of writing my song like it is its own universe. Whatever is happening in this song must play by the rules, the universe that this song has dictated.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Everyone has their own secret, so learn from anyone who has done it. My secret is hard work, continuing to be open to new ideas, trying everyday, taking breaks, studying hit songs, learning from my peers, trying really hard, not trying too hard, eat/sleep/breathing it- taking another break….

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

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes… because you will make mistakes. It’s the only way to learn. Keep trying, be humble, be kind to others and yourself. You are the best advocate for your career.

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

I’ve achieved radio play in my native Canada, and Film and TV placements on Canada’s hit show Degrassi. I’ve worked in multiple facets of the industry mostly as an entrepreneur. I started a music networking night and a recording and label services studio. Now I run www.theartistrevolutionstudio. com where I assist independent female artists with their music careers.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

When I write lyrics, I try to paint a picture of what’s going on and try to show the story instead of telling it. I like to have a cute idea and have fun with the lyrics, if I can have an element of surprise or a twist in the song that is a bonus for me. For melody, this kind of comes naturally to me, but I try to make sure each section is unique and grows to fit the mood of the song. As a vocalist, nothing can replace raw talent, training and experience. I’m much more comfortable in the vocal booth now than when I first started out. With each producer the experience is unique, so I somewhat go along with how they want to run the session and make sure I have some water. I may do a mini-meditation to get centered. I really try to feel the emotions that are in the song by imagining who I am in that situation.

As for recording in the studio, I think it’s about getting an idea of what kind of song you want to make and paying attention to what the key element you like in your reference track and finding a unique way of emulating that. We sometimes have our own creative idea right off the bat and don’t need a reference. Or something happens accidentally and sounds cool and we let that dictate the production of the song. Then it’s tweaking, going away, resting your ears, and coming back. It’s really important to give the creative process time and to have fun…Although sometimes there is no time… so like an earlier question here, there are no rules.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

I love hit songs so I would probably say Max Martin (Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Britney, the list goes on…)

Mariah Carey was one of my first influences and made me want to learn how to improve my singing voice, and Zero 7- obsessed with how their tracks make me FEEL.

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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.

I would love to collaborate with producers and writers. Hit me up on my socials! I’m also always looking for talented artists to nurture through my artist development site. @taralett and theartistrevolutionstudio.com

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.

Twitter

@taralett

Instagram

@taralett

Youtube

Tara Lett

Spotify

Tara Lett

Facebook

www.facebook.com/taralettartist

Website

www.taralettartist.com

Coaching Biz

https://www.theartistrevolutionstudio.com/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

The happiest day of my life is today, it’s the only moment I have. The saddest day of my life is any moment or day I forget to be grateful for all I have and that I get to do what I love.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars

I hate to say it but a million dollars isn’t that much these days. What would I do with a billion dollars? Contribute to charities I believe in to help women and people in low-income areas. Buy houses for my parents, siblings and best friends. Release more music, work on epic albums, tour more, and learn how I can create environmentally sustainable practices in my career. Launch a label and the careers of other artists. I would also love to invest in renewable energy resources.

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