|Tara Jane McDonald|
9 September 1987 |
Tara Jane McDonald is an English-Irish songwriter and vocalist signed to Play Two/Warner Records.
McDonald achieved success working and co-writing with Armand Van Helden and Axwell on the chart hits "My My My" and "Feel the Vibe". Both these projects debuted at No. 1 in the club charts before peaking in the UK sales charts at No. 12 and No. 16, respectively. She has also collaborated with Todd Terry, co-writing the song "Get Down", and with David Guetta, co-writing "Delirious" and "You Are Not Alone" on his album Pop Life.
McDonald hosted her own one-hour dance music radio show on Dash Radio called I Like This Beat (formerly called Shut Up & Dance). The program is syndicated on over 50 stations in 40 countries and released as a free podcast through iTunes.[not verified in body]
At the start of 2012, McDonald worked as an assistant vocal coach on the first series of the TV show The Voice in Belgium alongside the French pop star Quentin Mosimann. The winner of this series, and member of Mosimann's team, Roberto Bellarosa, went on to sign a recording contract with Sony Music.
McDonald signed a three-album deal with Mercury/Universal in 2012 and her debut album is set to be released in 2017.[needs update] In 2014, she released a single featuring Snoop Dogg called "Vay-K".
Her "I Need a Miracle" single was chosen as the Europride anthem for 2016. The single charted #18 Portugal, #47 France and #15 iTunes Global charts France, #5 iTunes Pop charts France,#6 Spotify Viral charts France,#1 iTunes Global charts Belgium, #1 iTunes Dance charts Belgium, #3 iTunes Global charts Portugal, #1 iTunes Dance charts Portugal & #20 iTunes Dance charts Italy. 
McDonald was born in Dartford, United Kingdom, to Irish-English parents. She was named after the Queen of Ireland and the Hill of Tara. At the age of 9, Tara performed in Les Miserables as Eponine at The Palace Theatre in the West End of London. Representing Great Britain, she won the Danny Kaye Award, presented by Audrey Hepburn, at the UNICEF International Song Contest for the song "Make Your Own Rainbow". McDonald became a child ambassador for UNICEF for a year, promoting and campaigning for the "rights of the child" throughout Europe and Africa. She also performed in the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Jude Law for the Edinburgh festival, and later won the juvenile lead part in a musical called St. Bernadette at the Dominion Theatre in London. McDonald was schooled at the Italia Conti stage school then later moved to the BRIT School.
McDonald worked as a backing dancer for Karen Ramirez for promotion of her single "Looking for Love" and appeared as a backing dancer for the Jungle Brothers single, "I'll House You". She also worked for the charity Combined Services Entertainment as a "forces sweetheart", providing entertainment for the UK armed forces around the world.
In 2001 Planet Funk asked McDonald to perform with them their big dance anthem "Chase the Sun" at the MTV Ibiza dance festival alongside Basement Jaxx and Faithless, which proved to be a big success.[according to whom?] She continued to write songs for other artists and work as a session singer for a range of different artists, tours and TV shows. She co-wrote D-Side's debut UK Top-5 single "Stronger Together" with Cliff Randall and Simon Britton. In 2003 McDonald performed on the Jagz Kooner remix of "Butterfly Caught" for Massive Attack.
In 2005, when McDonald was 18, she co-wrote and sang "Feel the Vibe ('Til the Morning Comes)" with Axwell, which became one of the biggest dance tracks of the year. It peaked at No. 1 on the UK Dance Singles Chart and No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart, and also charted in Finland, the Netherlands and France. Tara's next release was "My My My" with Armand Van Helden in 2006, which entered the UK commercial charts at No. 11. Both tracks became dance anthems and McDonald performed them on Pete Tong BBC1 dance show in Ibiza.
In 2007 McDonald co-wrote two tracks on David Guetta's third studio album, Pop Life, the hit single "Delirious" and an album track entitled "You're Not Alone". Guetta later described her as a "tigress on stage" and "the chic sexbomb of electro music."
McDonald worked with Bryan Ferry on his Dylanesque album as a backing singer, arranging some of the vocal harmonies, and toured with him for a year. In 2009 McDonald featured on and co-wrote the song "Revolution" by Vibers, (written as the anthem for the electronic music festival Liberty Parade). In 2010 McDonald collaborated on songs with several artists including: "I'm Your Goddess" with David Vendetta; "Elevated" with the Australian dance duo TV Rock; "Everything", "Funkerman", and "Beats for You" with Mischa Daniels; and "Set Me on Fire" with Sidney Samson.
McDonald performed with the "Leo Green experience" as a guest vocalist at jazz venues in the UK like Ronnie Scott's. She performed at a 2008 show for the charity Childline Rocks at O2 Indigo, London. In 2011 McDonald performed at the festival 24hrs of Burning House at Smederevo Fortress, Serbia.
McDonald won "Best Female Voice of 2010" in electronic music from OnlyForDj's magazine in a worldwide competition voted on by the public. In 2012, McDonald presented three awards at the NRJ DJ awards in Monaco.
In 2011 McDonald released "Dynamite" with Sidney Samson on Spinnin Records and the remix by Nicky Romero became one of the most-successful club tracks of that year with over 2 million views on YouTube. With David Guetta and Afrojack, McDonald released "Pandemonium" from the 2011 FMIF Ibiza mix album which reached No. 2 Switzerland, No. 3 France, and charted in Austria and Spain. She also co-wrote, sang and produced the vocals for "Tomorrow (Give in to the Night)", the anthem to Tomorrowland 2010 with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Dada Life, which was an international club hit and broke the Top 20 in Belgium. Tara released the record Generation 24/7 though Hed Kandi Records on 12 December 2011.
In 2012 McDonald started a weekly late-night radio show called Shut Up & Dance. She was the only non-GJ to have a show on FG Radio (France and Belgium). In 2013 the show was renamed to I Like This Beat and was syndicated in 45 countries, Emirates Airlines, and as a free podcast on iTunes.
In 2012 McDonald signed a two-album deal with Mercury/Universal, soon after releasing the single "Give Me More".
McDonald performed "Give Me More" alongside Justin Bieber, Jennifer, 1789 and Merwan Wim at the NRJ Music Tour de Paris.[excessive citations] She performed a show at the Grand Palais in celebration of 20 years of FG radio in Paris. McDonald performed "Give Me More" live at the 18th Salon du Chocolat at the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on 30 October 2012, wearing a dress made entirely of chocolate and arrived on stage in a chocolate space ship.
McDonald released her second solo single, the duet "Shooting Star" featuring Zaho. It also appears on the 2013 re-release of Zaho's album Contagieuse. She performed the song with Zaho and a full live band at an electronic party called So Happy in Paris held at the Paris Olympia.
McDonald was the only non-Dutch artist to be asked to perform at Strijders Voor De Liefde Warriors For Love, a special televised concert to raise awareness for equal rights for LGBT citizens.
McDonald was chosen to be the host, a.k.a. La Marraine (the sponsor), of LGBT Paris Pride. Her duties included a presentation for a press conference, delivering a speech to open the march in front of 500,000 people, performing on the main stage and delivering a speech to close the year's event. She performed an electric set at Ultra Music Festival in South Korea alongside M.I.A. and Far East Movement. McDonald's performance at the Exit Festival sister festival Sea Dance received positive reviews, performing on the main stage.
McDonald released "Happy Hour" on the compilation album TPMZ together with hit French TV show TPMP. The song was co-written by McDonald, producer Tefa, Trackstorm and Ben Adams from UK boy-band A1. The track was picked to be the album's lead single and released ahead of McDonald's solo single "Girls Just Wanna Funk".
On 15 January 2016 McDonald released the single "I Need a Miracle" (a cover of the 1996 Coco Star song) through Mercury Universal Records in France and Bip Records in Belgium. "I Need a Miracle" charted #18 Portugal, #47 France and #15 iTunes Global charts France, #5 iTunes Pop charts France,#6 Spotify Viral charts France,#1 iTunes Global charts Belgium, #1 iTunes Dance charts Belgium, #3 iTunes Global charts Portugal, #1 iTunes Dance charts Portugal & #20 iTunes Dance charts Italy. This track is better known worldwide from the mashup "Toca's Miracle" by Fragma, which was a No. 1 hit in 14 countries in 2000. McDonald believed the lyrics were significant at a time of war and religious friction and could help bring people together. It was used as the official anthem of EuroPride 2016. McDonald opened Europride at Dam Square in Amsterdam and performed the song at the Human Rights concert with a full orchestra.
In 2017, McDonald signed a new recording contract with Play Two/Warner Music France for an album deal. She released the first solo single, "Taxxxi" on 10 November 2017. McDonald first performed Taxxxi live headlining Winter pride in Gran Canaria 2017  Taxxxi charted in the UK & French club charts #7 UK upfront club charts #8 commercial pop charts #18 Cool cut charts UK and #5 buzz chart #13 club charts in France. 
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"My My My"
(Armand Van Helden featuring Tara McDonald)
(David Guetta featuring Tara McDonald)
|"I'm Your Goddess"
(David Vendetta vs. Tara McDonald featuring Alim)
|"Tomorrow (Give in to the Night)"
(Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dada Life and Tara McDonald)
|"Beats for You"
(Mischa Daniels and Tara McDonald)
|"Give Me More"||2012||--||122||107||--||--||--||--|
(Tara McDonald featuring Zaho)
(Tara McDonald featuring Snoop Dogg)
|"I Need a Miracle"||2016||--||--||47
|"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|