7 years ago, Tara Velarde wrote her first song.
It started out competitively enough.
When two of her brothers started to play guitar and write music, she felt the need to do the same. Despite an initial hatred for the guitar and for her own angsty ballads, Tara stuck with it. Ultimately, we may say that she was competitive with herself to keep improving.
Somewhere along the way, writing songs became less of an obligation and more of a lifeline - something that she couldn't eliminate if she tried. Her skills were honed throughout her college years, her confidence increased, and people seemed to dig the music.
A band was in order.
But once again, Tara knew nothing about bands.
The journey of the next few years was inspiring and humbling, as band members joined and left, performances triumphed and crumbled, other life obligations took over and receded.
One thing remained constant, however: a true belief in the power of this music. Tara does not believe in shirking away from the gift of a singing voice that she got landed with, nor her skill for crafting lyrical truth. Come what may, these two things are the pillars of her being.
The Tara Novellas, then, is the house built upon that pillar. Guitarist Jamos Velarde, drummer Joe Deardorff, bassist Andrew Endres, and supporting vocalist Cally Velarde possess unparalleled skill and intuition in finding the heart of a song and breathing life into it, infusing their own flavor and brilliance along the way. These five kids bring a musical integrity that will bring you to your feet and just as easily cut you to the quick.
Hold on for the ride
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Lush straightforward songs; driven by keyboards and female voice….imagine a Siren playing a Wurlitzer. The delivery is easy, tender and genuine. Once a solo project LEO is now a full band with musicians coming from Jazz, Americana and Pop backgrounds to lay down a fuller realization and keep things a little wild.