With the likes of the fore
mentioned Nina Sky and JoJo
heading up the new school year for R&B/Pop, the latest to
enter the class is a young singer who looks set to be on the verge
of stardom. Her name is Tarralyn Ramsey
and although you may not know her name there's a good chance that
you will in the near future.
The 22 year old Melbourne,
Floridia born, Jacksonville native is now making waves as the
recent winner of the 'Born to Diva'
contest held by VH1, she is the first artist to be signed
to the reborned Casablanca record label headed by Sony exec Tommy
Mottola (distributed by Universal).
With new self-titled album getting ready to hit store shelves,
Tarralyn reflects on her dream.
"I've always been the
kind of girl who likes to sit in her room and read and write and
listen to my CDs, and stand in front of the mirror with the hairbrush
and practice singing my songs - and actually make believe, I guess,
that I'm onstage in front of thousands of people singing."
Very much like those she
idoled and draw inspiration (Aretha Franklin,
Mahailia Jackson, Whitney
Houston, Mariah Carey)
she too has cut her chops in the church where she sang her first
solo at age three, (the song 'You Don't
Know Me Yet' at the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist
Church in neighboring Palm Bay). With encouragement from both
parents (her mother a schoolteacher and father in the construction
business) she would sing at every opportunity and teachers took
notice at her school. There are tapes of her singing 'God
Bless America' over the p.a. system during morning
announcements in elementary school.
An underage Tarralyn was
allowed to audition for a community choir, Youth United For Christ,
and gained exposure as the group's youngest soloist, as they traveled
far and wide opening for the biggest gospel acts. She would move
to Jacksonville and so the story begins of her auditioning for
the Born to Diva contest.
She's now made that dream
a reality with her debut single 'Up Against
All Odds' which incidently is the song that swept the
final VH1 competition and won her America's votes. The album called
'Tarralyn' is produced by
Cory Rooney who also served
as co-creater and executive producer for the 'Born
To Diva' talent contest.
The song I'm reveiwing from
the album is 'Heaven' a song
that is both spiritual and uplifting in every sense of its meaning.
Blessed with a solid baseline and the chords of a gospel choir,
Heaven drives on the qualities of a soothing R&B
track that is steered with the gospel spoken word. Tarralyn is
true to form in her performance and poses herself to be aorund
in this industry for quite some time. A TY-D
indeed and one
not to be missed here.
Listen to Tarralyn
Ramsey's - 'Heaven'