"A Celt in the Cotton Club"
"Imposing." - Wall Street Journal
"Trailblazing." - Irish Times
"The cream of the the crop. Irish-American Jazz Powerhouse!"
"Resplendent, fun and a force of nature." - Donald Helme, Jazz Ireland
"Powerful American Female. Imagine Billie Holiday reincarnated as the Rose of Tralee and you have Tara O`Grady!""
- JJ O'Shea, RTE & Radio Kerry
Awarded Irish Voice’s Most Influential Woman 2010 presented by Ireland's Prime Minister, the singer-songwriter has five CD releases, Black Irish (2010), Good Things Come to Those Who Wait (2011), A Celt in the Cotton Club (2013), Irish Bayou (2015), and Folk Songs: Songs About Real Folks (2017). She has performed at the Cork Jazz Fest in Ireland, the St Brigid's Day festival in London, the An Ri Ra Irish Fest in Butte, Montana, and Texas' famous South By Southwest-SXSW in Austin.
"This torchy chanteuse leads one of the most badass old-time swing bands you'll ever hear. One thing that distinguishes her from the legions of come-hither, moldy fig front women is that O'Grady writes her own songs - when she's at the top of her game, which she generally seems to be, they sound like classics from the 1930s. She brings Bessie Smith into this century with lickety-split swing."
- New York Music Daily
"Combining Billie Holiday's gift for meticulous but effortlessly poetic phrasing with Anita O'Day's swingin' sassiness, June Christy's cocktail coolness, Patsy Cline's rural romanticism, and Sarah Vaughn's sophisticated sultriness, she is indeed a musical force of nature to reckon with. Tara's music is as eclectic, authentic, timeless and nostalgic as the American landscape itself." - Will "the Thrill" Viharo, Author, Los Angeles.
Her soulful voice has been compared to songbirds such as Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse. This New York native with Irish roots combines celtic, folk, funk, blues, swing and especially jazz in her unique style.
Her collaboration with choreographer Darrah Carr in the music/dance show CELTIC JAZZ TRYST was nominated by Irish Central and TG4 for best stage performance at the 2018 Creativity & Arts Awards.
Her recording of the Irish classic song 'Nora' debuted on Ireland's tv show Dancing with the Stars in January 2018.
Raised on Irish traditional music, as well as the sounds of Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller, Hank Williams, Louis Prima, Patsy Cline, Nat King Cole, Nina Simone, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra, Tara spent every summer on her grandparents’ farm in Donegal, Ireland where she listened to her granny Nora singing in her kitchen.
Tara's recording of the famous song 'Danny Boy' was ranked
#6 in the Best Selling Blues songs in the UK due to her appearance in an award winning BBC documentary film, Danny Boy - The Ballad that Bewitched the World, along with actor Gabriel Byrne, filmmaker Jim Sheridan, musicians Judy Collins, Joe Jackson and Johnny Cash's daughter Rosanne Cash. The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2014 Irish Film & Television Awards - Ireland's version of the Oscars/Emmys.
Belfast's Brian Kennedy (singer/songwriter/novelist/tv presenter and judge of Ireland's 'The Voice') and Tara discuss how they sing Danny Boy.