Tira is a performer rapidly on the rise. In recent months, Tira earned unanimous praise from fans and the international music press on her debut tour of the United Kingdom. Each audience responded ecstatically to Tira's vocal interpretations as any well discerning listener might; her smokey, sensual voice, refined pitch and smoothly swinging delivery of the lyric are some of the abidingly impressive aspects of this young woman's artistry. Tira's infectious rhythm creates a groove that is, in the works of Etta James' drummer, Yusef Ali, “unforgiving!”
Reared in New York City , Tira discovered the world of Jazz and popular song. As a teenager, Tira would retire with her headphones still pulsating with the sounds of Lena Horne, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey.
Tira attended the celebrated school for the Performing Arts (the FAME school), with her twin sister Dhira. Together, they performed anywhere and everywhere possible, from New York to Chicago to Nashville . The girls engaged in knockabout improvisational comedy and appealing song and dance routines.
In 2001, Tira caught the eye (and ear) of jazz pianist John Colianni (Mel Torme, and Lionel Hampton), during her two year run at Merchants NYC, an eastside nightclub. “I knew I had encountered a really terrific and dynamic performer, someone I was inspired to work with,” recounts Colianni. Following a collaboration period devoted to arrangements and orchestrations, the pair assembled a 9 piece Big Band to properly showcase their vocal and piano driven interpretations.
Johnnie & Tira, as they are co-billed, have racked up numerous triumphant engagements in venues throughout the US and the UK including The Carolina Jazz Festival, The Watchung Arts Center in NJ, Jilly's (the former NYC Sinatra watering hole), The Palm Beach Jazz Society, The Van Dyke Jazz Club in Miami, The Arch Social Club in Baltimore and in London at the Boisdale, The Bulls Head, Pizza on the Park and more. They were spotlighted on BBC Radio in a much heralded broadcast in June 2002.
Tira has also appeared in motion pictures (The Godfather III, It Could Happen To You, Die Hard III), television (Sex and the City, Law and Order, Search for Tomorrow) and in the Broadway musical Dreamtime at the Ed Sullivan Theater, which included a song that she wrote, Find Yourself a Dream Come True.
Tira is an exciting, versatile and joyously entertaining vocalist. Audiences are drawn to her soulful musicality, and there is a buss in the jazz scene as new friends and fans anticipate the release of her next CD.
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