Dara Starr Tucker
Dara Starr Tucker engages her audiences as a singer, songwriter, social commentator and satirist. Her original music blends the melodic and lyrical richness of the central plains with the soulful strains of the Black American musical experience.
Dara co-wrote the title track to "Oklahoma,” the 2020 GRAMMY-winning "Best Americana Album" for singer-songwriter, Keb’ Mo’. Dara's six studio albums contain an array of unique stories and melodies that evoke a wide range of experiences and musical expressions including standards, spirituals & soul. Her most recent album, Dreams of Waking: Music for A Better World, highlights the call for change that has swept across The United States in recent years while The Seven Colors (2019) captures a personal journey to healing through songwriting. Her upcoming self-titled album will contain a mix of original songs and carefully chosen covers.
Since 2020, Dara has expanded her outreach via TikTok and Instagram with her captivating commentaries on human rights, music and the arts, education and political action. She organized and spoke at the first on-line DE-CONN convention for the religious deconstruction community, and her work has been featured in campaigns for HBO, FX, and Ebony/Jet Magazine.
Dara has toured with her own bands and as a featured vocalist with hybrid guitarist Charlie Hunter's group. She's opened for Grammy-winning vocalist Gregory Porter, appeared on NPR's Jazz Night in America and made her national television debut on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS. Dara's 2021 album, "Dreams of Waking: Music For A Better World" remained on the charts for 26 weeks and peaked at #7 on the JazzWeek charts in the U.S. Dara will release her new album on Green Hill Music in June 2023.