Tara Dente has been playing in and around the Asbury Park community since 2012. She got her start in the area, and has been supported there ever since. On Thursday, April 12th at 7:30PM, she will perform original songs alongside Chris Dubrow (upright bass) and Chris Colon (lapsteel). Tara has been nominated for Top Female Acoustic Act (Also in 2014 and 2016), Top Female Vocalist , Song of the Year (Could I Be Wrong), and Top Local Album Release (The Gleaner).
Tickets for the AMA's can be purchased HERE.
Review: Haunting lyrics and powerful vocals with just the right amount of musical accompaniment highlight this album. After the first note of the first song, it is obvious that the listener is in for a treat. Tara Dente’s voice is unique and soars like a bird, reminiscent of the great Enya, while the music simply surrounds everything in a beautiful shell that captures the listener’s best memories of life. We could easily just put this album on repeat and listen to it all day, over and over – it’s that good. Our favorite tracks include “Blind Pilot,” “Sleep Well,” “Who Will Save my Soul,” “Could I be Wrong,” and “Never Going Home.” We also love the acoustic versions she has included of “Sleep Well” and “Never Going Home.”
Continue reading the full album review in the link provided, and don't forget to check out the other artists reviewed! (I'm personally really enjoying "Dirt on Your Hands" by Jared Tyler.
WILLIS, VA - April 5, 2017 Travianna Records is pleased to announce the signing of Tara Dente. Tara is a talented folk/alternative guitarist, singer and songwriter from Asbury Park, New Jersey and is an integral part of the area's historic and creative re-awakening. Tara's second album, The Gleaner, will be released on Travianna Records on June 2, 2017.
Tara's musical background began with piano composition and later evolved to songwriting for guitar and vocals. Her musical influences, among others, are Nick Drake, The Shins, Enya, Johnny Cash, and Brooke Fraser - all of whom helped to create Tara's own unique style. Because of her talents, Tara was nominated for the Asbury Music Award in 2014 and 2016 for Top Female Acoustic Act. To listen to a sample of Tara's music click here.
Mark Hodges, president of Travianna Records appreciates Tara's approach to her craft and is happy to welcome her to the talented Travianna Records family. Hodges says, "Our motto is 'Music...No Boundaries'. We give our artists free-reign to be who they are, and their listeners love it! Tara is a mega talent and a delight in every way. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Travianna team."
Please join Tara for a special FREE pre-release party on May13th at Langosta Lounge, located at New Jersey’s Asbury Park boardwalk at 9:30pm. She will be joined by special guests, Rachel Ana Dobken, Pamela Flores, and Cranston Dean.
Keep an eye on iTunes to pre-order The Gleaner soon. For more on Tara Dente visit www.taradente.com and follow her on social media for updates.
Photo by Dan Matlack
So excited to have been asked to be a part of the 90.5 The Night's celebratory, best-local-station playlist! Thanks so much to the folks over there and to the amazing Megan O'Shea for supporting local music and for keeping it real. "The Moon" is now the first publicly released song of mine from my upcoming album, The Gleaner, my second full length and my first studio album, recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park, NJ this past summer. Can't wait to unleash the other 8 songs!
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"Whether the theme is intentional or an after effect of this Long Branch-based songstress’ head space, time is certainly of the essence on Leave Your Ghosts Behind.
Tara Dente emerged as one of the Jersey Shore’s premier songwriters in 2014 with her latest full-length release, and it’s album worthy of the greatest compliment I know how to pay to an artist, in that her music not only made me think, but contemplate my position in this existence. Is it healthy to regret? No. Is it useful to wither away? Absolutely not. Then why do it, when life marches on?
It’s a question posed on the album’s opening salvo “The One Thing”, and though the song – as are all of Dente’s works – is acoustic and humble in demeanor on the surface, it’s the message which leaves an impact crater at the listener’s core. In a way Leave Your Ghosts Behind is an emotional farewell letter to the community Dente is leaving – she really is moving to Vermont – as much as it is a warning to cherish the time you have and not allow yourself to stagnate.
It’s a message well received, and bit of advice that is appreciated."
- Chris Rotolo