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A Canadian songwriting presence in British country music

Born and raised in a small lakeside city in Ontario, Canada, Tara absorbed her father’s love for the iconic sounds of Nashville, with the likes of Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard blasting from the stereo as they drove around in his Chevy half-ton.

Creating and performing her own music soon became a crucial part of Tara’s identity.  Honing her budding talent through piano and vocal lessons, she saved her pocket money to buy instruments, and wrote songs in her bedroom.  

She then cut her musical teeth by performing in cover bands and arts festivals, also achieving a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University. 

Tara’s eclectic song-writing style and captivating voice soon drew attention.  Not only was she featured in a televised talent search show in her beloved Nashville, but she was also a finalist in the Kingston Country Singing Showdown (where the winner happened to be one Avril Lavigne.) 

Following her move to the UK, Tara has immersed herself in writing and performing, teaching and collaborating with music-makers across the country. She has become well-known and adored by audiences for her charismatic stage presence and up-beat banter, combined with her authentic, honest and emotive performance. 

To date, Tara has released three singles, all of which charted in the top 5 on the UK Country iTunes chart and gained local, national and international radio play.   Tara's debut single, "Now That You’re Gone" was also named as a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest in 2021.

As well as working on solo writing projects, Tara enjoys cowriting music with other songwriters and artists.  Her first success as a cowriter came with the song "Mayday Call", which was cowritten and released by fellow Essex musician and songwriter Ben Selleck in April 2022.  The single reached number 1 in the UK Country iTunes chart.

Tara Henton - Recording Artist & Music Teacher
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