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Dara Starr Tucker

Dara Tucker is making her mark in the world of organic, heartfelt music by blending the melodic and lyrical richness of the central plains with the soulful strains of the African American experience as a vocalist, songwriter and band leader.

Dara co-wrote the title track to, “Oklahoma” the 2020 GRAMMY-winning “Best Americana Album” for singer- songwriter, Keb’ Mo’. Her six studio albums contain an array of unique stories and melodies that evoke a wide range of experiences and musical expressions including standards, spirituals & soul. The most recent, “Dreams of Waking: Music for A Better World,” highlights the call for change that has swept across The United States in recent years. Tucker presents reimagined classic singer-songwriter and soul compositions of the protest era through the lens of jazz. For this project, Dara’s collaborators include pianists Cyrus Chestnut and Sullivan Fortner, bassists Dezron Douglas and Vicente Archer, drummers Johnathan Blake and Joe Dyson along with saxophonist John Ellis and trumpeter Giveton Gelin.

Dara’s eclecticism is guided by the diversity of her narrative. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a family of singers and ministers, Dara Tucker and her siblings traveled across the United States as young children singing with their parents. After moving to Interlaken, Switzerland to further study the German language after graduating college, she was reunited with her passion for music and began writing the first of many original songs. That passion for songwriting and singing led her back across the Atlantic to Nashville, Tennessee as a band leader, songwriter and featured vocalist for many years, and eventually to New York, NY.

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”I can't remember the last time I heard a new vocalist who impressed me so completely as Tucker. She has a beautiful, soulful voice, and her original songs are honest and innocent personal expressions backed by languid arrangements and skilled playing.” - Marc Myers - JazzWax

“Dara Tucker is an amazing vocalist. She is brilliant.” – Cassandra Wilson

“Dara reminds me of many of the great singers in that she's able to try different material and her sound always comes through. She makes the listeners feel her soul.” — Dr

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Albums

The Sun Season

Watchman Music
2014

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Dara Tucker Live

Watchman Music
2013

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Soul Said Yes

Watchman Music
2011

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All Right Now

Watchman Music
2009

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The Nearness of You

From: The Sun Season
By Dara Starr Tucker

Time is On Our Side

From: The Sun Season
By Dara Starr Tucker

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