“Canadian singer /songwriter Tia McGraff’s new body of work is maybe her finest to date. Sometimes by album number 5 an artist becomes complacent, satisfied with rehashing and redoing their past work. Same old wine in a different bottle. Fortunately Tia has not fallen into that trap. She continues to grow and expand her talents as a songwriter and as a fine singer. McGraff has that quality, naturally, that singers strive for; believability. She sounds like she means every word she sings without being over the top. In other words the emotion in the song is genuine. That’s because Tia has learned in her songwriting to sing of what she knows and can feel,which produces the honesty in her delivery. The opening cut, "Nighthawk" sets the mood for the 12 song collection and is a perfect lead in to the masterful “Reckonin’” and acoustic masterpiece, very southern backwoods feel, warning of the reckoning that’s coming to us all. Partner Tommy Param, who produced the album in conjunc”
““What a tastefully produced collection of exceptional songs and Tia’s soulful vocals ooze with compassion and honesty. To say it is impressive would be an under-statement.””
“Tia McGraff - Break These Chains Tia McGraff's latest album Break These Chains is her finest recording (in a list of strong releases) to date. It is an exquisite collection of songs with the most tasteful of arrangements. Engineering by Jonathan Edwards and production by Tommy Parham (who also sings harmonies with understated elegance) help to give this cd a sound quality that is outstanding. Make no mistake about it, this lady is a first rate, breathtaking vocalist with an ardent delivery that makes you believe every word. She (and Tommy ) are also impassioned songwriters who are quickly becoming two of the most respected performers in roots and Americana circles. This cd deserves a prominent place on your "2013 best albums" shelf !!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Make sure you check Tia and Tommy out in a "live performance"! They blew the house away at the FreewheelinConcerts show in Dundas last season !”
“The attuned artist knows they have reached that pivotal moment, when (after years of hard work; self-exploration; audience building; creative honing; and plain old passion and determination), they suddenly create their masterpiece! Tia McGraff unabashedly peeled back all the layers in Break These Chains, her new 12 track CD release, on Bandana Records (produced by co-writer/husband Tommy Parham). The rootsy melodies and honest- to -heart lyrics have been produced with such integrity that one feels they are listening to something hauntingly familiar yet refreshingly real! Perhaps it is because Tia’s influences include lyrical wonders like Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, and Mary Gauthier, or because she has drawn from the stories of those who have touched her own heart. Somehow she has captured a unique and moving experience in each song that is perfectly married to Mr. Parham’s melodies! The CD flows from ballads like, “Between The Bed And The Door” to a lively “Whiskey Ship””
“From the moment you hear the first song on this incredible CD you’ll be hooked! ‘Angry Eagle’, written by McGraff, is an emotional, timely song that speaks of the uncertainty and hard times the world is currently experiencing. Because it’s such a strong song, musically, lyrically and performance wise, it makes you want to hear what else this talented singer/songwriter has to say. And she doesn’t disappoint! The harder edged ‘Radical Road’ shows another side of her personality and how well she works with talented husband/producer and sometimes co-writer Tommy Parham. ‘Tumbleweed’ is another excellent track but having said that, there isn’t a weak track on this CD. Tia McGraff is a songwriter’s songwriter and with a voice like liquid honey, a singers singer. Pick up a copy of this CD and prepare to make a new friend in Tia McGraff. You’ll be glad you did! ”
"Tia McGraff, without a doubt is one of the most authentic singers and composers of our time. She does it again, but this time her voice is captured as the beauty of an Angel [and a bit of Carole King] singing “Like I'm Forgiven.” Reminding us that we need not carry our burdens and start livi
"angry eagle" captures the times that we're living in, perfectly! so wrenchingly topical that it's impossible not to relate to every word"
"Tia's voice has a special beauty. She has the rare ability to touch people with her music and somehow make them better..." Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
"When alternative country music star Tia McGraff comes to the Sanderson Centre later this month, it will be a homecoming of sorts.."
“TIA McGRAFF: She was born in Simcoe and spent six years paying her dues in Nashville. Now, Tia McGraff has settled down in Port Dover, a place that perfectly suits her style of alternative country music. McGraff is working on a new album and will probably play some of her new material when she performs Saturday, 8 p.m., at The Pearl Company (16 Steven St. at King William). She'll be joined by Six Nations musicians Sakoieta Wildrick and Tewentahawiht Dawn Antone. Admission is $20 at the door. 905-524-0606”
“Quite simply, you feel a whole lot better coming out of a night listening to Canadian Tia McGraff than you did going in. She so obviously enjoys singing her songs to an audience, it's impossible not to get get caught up in it all.”
“ Jeffrey Steele, country music's hottest songwriter with more than 40 Top 5 singles ot his credit, recently said: "Tommy takes the long road, the good road, the music road. I think that's the cool road." ”
"Tia McGraff is truly one of God's angels. She is a wonderful singer and songwriter- and an even better person and Christian."…
““ I have seldom run into someone with a gift that needs to be heard as much as Tia. She colors outside the lines, and stands outside of the circle of tuned perfection. Tia McGraff is real, and is really needed in today’s marketplace of music.”….”
““Tia McGraff is a fantastic singer with her own vocal personality which reminds me of an early Linda Ronstadt. It’s just a matter of time till that magic moment when everyone agrees it’s Tia’s time”…….. Randy Bachman (BTO and Guess Who) ”