Tara’s determination and drive to succeed also began early. She moved to New York City on her 18th birthday, her sights set firmly on Broadway. When the audition dates for Fame were announced, the creative community in the Big Apple was set on fire with excitement. Despite an initial nervousness, Tara knew the time was right to climb up another rung on the ladder of show business. After waiting for ten hours, she sang from the heart, and won the role of Serena Katz.
Fame toured Europe, and Tara found herself journeying through several countries which were very different than the one in which she had been born.
One night, as Tara made her way toward the tram which would take her back to her hotel, she heard the sound of hurried footsteps behind her. Turning, she saw a young girl, breathless with exertion, running to catch up with her. The girl’s parents followed, similarly exhausted. The child looked at Tara, her eyes shining, and held out a notepad and pen. Suddenly, Tara realized what she was being asked to do. With a feeling almost too enormous to describe, she signed her first autograph, standing right there in the snow.
It was a moment of realization. Tara knew then, that her responsibility was much bigger than the stages she stood on. Young people looked at her as an influence, which was a fact she would never be tempted to take lightly.
After the Fame tour, Tara found herself participating in a number of different ventures, including a co-writing project at Brentwood Benson Music Publishing. She collaborated with Dove Award winning writers like Sue Smith, gaining validation and experience in the process. Music licensing companies now use her songs in various types of media, including independent films, advertisements and on television. At this time, Tara’s catalog contains over 500 original songs.
Over the course of her professional singing career, Tara has appeared at a wide array of venues, including the Kravis Center, the Cruzan Amphitheater, the NBA Bobcats Stadium, the Time Warner Cable Arena and the Oracle Coliseum. She has had the pleasure of performing for A-list celebrities like Simon Cowell, Sugarland, Brittney Spears, Tiger Woods, L.A. Reid, Scooter Braun and Reba McEntire, her captivating voice transporting her to prestige.
While at Palm Beach Atlantic University - where she gained her Bachelor of Arts in Music - Tara was given the opportunity to expand her knowledge of theater and dance, as well as explore an eclectic selection of choral genres. She now uses that training, along with her life experience, in her work at Tara Simon Studios, where she teaches performing arts to individuals of all ages as a specialty coach. Tara considers enabling the success of others an integral part of success, and a vital component in the energy cycle of any community.
Music can mark a decade, an era, or an amazing moment in time. It speaks in a universal language which is understood by all, regardless of race, belief system, political affiliation or nationality. Music can bring a society together; music is life itself. Tara intends to continue finding new ways to use her musical talent to merge energy and humanity. She believes that music is a fundamental bridge-building tool, capable of creating a unity that will change the world for the better.
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