TVD Premiere: Tara Williamson, “Messenger”

Tara Williamson is set to release her debut EP, “Evolution One,” later this month and we’re pleased to reveal “Messenger,” its first single.

Williamson has been working towards this debut for quite some time. She pursued a career in music early on but could not find her footing as an artist until moving to Austin in 2012. Williamson has been a player in Austin’s music scene ever since, having honed her sound while performing throughout the country as a backing vocalist for its famous soul/pop group The Nightowls.

She stayed with The Nightowls for over three years as they rose from local to national notoriety, performing at Austin City Limits, SXSW, and completing two US tours. “Evolution One” will pay homage to the music community in Williamson’s adopted home of Austin, drawing inspiration both in writing and performance style from many local musicians.

“Messenger” is a sample of this Austin inspiration—a delightful mixture of old west and indie-pop. The wailing, spaghetti-western style guitar is balanced by Williamson’s smooth, jazzy vocals. Like any good pop track, “Messenger” grows on you the more you hear it, and the final echoes of “please don’t shoot me,” in reference to the titular messenger, seem to linger long after the song’s end. If this track is any indication, “Evolution One” is bound to be a substantial debut for the burgeoning artist.

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