Tanya Marie Harris admits to being somewhat of a late bloomer as far as Country Music goes. “Growing up, we listened to a lot of Rock more than anything. My mom never listened to Country – unless it was Patsy Cline,” she recalled of her formative years in Ontario Canada. However, a trip into the Southern United States changed all of that. “A little later on, I went on a trip to South Carolina, and they had so many Country radio stations around. I fell in love with the fact that I could understand it. Country is straight-forward, taking a page out of someone’s life and putting it to song. It was always a story that was relatable and understandable.”
Still Harris, who has just released to Country radio the new single “Second Hand Dreams,” says she was influenced by a wide variety of music. “I loved Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, and Martina McBride. I am also a big fan of Chely Wright’s music, but also listened to a lot of Alanis Morissette and Amanda Marshall.”
Though performing was her muse of choice, Harris took a more realistic approach to life. I grew up with a single mom, and I saw what could happen to people if they got out of control a little. I realized that people actually do need family. As I got older, I don’t know if someone said the wrong thing to me or what, I realized that music just wasn’t a realistic goal. So, I tried to avoid it – I would do anything else that compared in passion. I ended up working in the non-profit sector – fund raising, charitable events. I went to college for social work. Once I had a daughter, I realized ‘How can I ever expect her to do what she wants in her life, if I never did?’ I pretty much woke up one day and decided that I was going to go to Nashville.”
With “Second Hand Dreams” out at radio, Tanya Marie Harris turns her attention to her upcoming project release. “It will be a seven song EP, and four singles are available at the moment,” she says I ended up sitting down with a writer named David Norris, who brings a lot of substance to lyrics – he’s a deep thinker. We sat down and hit it off from the start. I told him that I wanted to write something that showed that I appreciate where I came from – not a man hating kind of song that was going at the time. From that, we developed the idea that by living my dream, I was living my family’s dream,” she said in discussing her single.
Though she loves the process of creating magic on paper (or a laptop), Tanya admits it’s the stage and performances that holds the most appeal to her. “I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do,” she says. “Now, it’s all gravy. It’s about living it and enjoying it. I’m ready to give it my all.”
The artistic development of Tanya Marie Harris (TMH) derives from early influences such as Patsy Cline, AC/DC, and The Eagles with more recent creative direction from those such as Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Joss Stone. The demand for this emerging artist grows with each live performance that is packed with hit Country, Pop, and Rock covers mixed with TMH original material. She is real, pure, and authentic with her musical delivery and interaction with fans. In the summer of 2013, Tanya had a soft release of her new single "Second Hand Dreams" to great reviews of those in the industry and ongoing strong music video views from fans worldwide. Watch the video on Youtube and purchase the single on iTunes. Recently, TMH and Arrow Entertainment of Nashville/Seattle agreed to terms for ongoing artist management, booking, and placement services including performances, events, appearances, film/media, and sponsorship opportunities.
Tanya remains grounded with family values and a support team that includes her husband, daughter, and trusted adviser Dan Knight. TMH has history of supporting social causes including The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Child Find, cancer research and promotion of an education camp for children with cerebral palsy. Professional affiliations include the Canadian Country Music Association and the Songwriters Association of Canada.
To learn more about Tanya Marie Harries including news, music, and videos, please visit www.TanyaMarieHarris.com For management requests, booking, events, appearances or other placement opportunities please contact Arrow Entertainment, Chris Sobonya, 425.269.0785 or email@example.com