Tiara & Andrew are an alternative Folk-pop duo based out of the country side of Virginia. Their haunting yet ethereal sound creates a cinematic atmosphere . Creating a sound that is modern but also very experimental as they lean in to other worldly theories to protray the message of the power of music and how we aren't alone in the universe. Tiara is the songwriter while Andrew is the soul instrumentalist. However, the both alternate between , guitar ,bass, keyboard, and ukulele. Some accomplishments: - Opening for Iniko - Opening for Leaah Marlene -Sofar -Sofar Tour -Crowfest -Channel 6 news performance -On the mic with Mike radio interview -Richmind independent film festival -Hourglass session -Rythm on the River festival at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
As musicians, Tiara & Andrew's soul purpose is to inspire while creating a safe, relatable place for their fans to unwind. Music, lyrics specifically, have the power to move people, create emotion, or even cause an event to take place. having that knowledge, Tiara & Andrew have always aimed for creating a good vibe with a message.
Tiara & Andrew's dream is to become mainstream but not famous. the ability to still be able to control their schedules and connections with fans without the pressures of Hollywood knocking on their door. Tiara said it best when told how local musicians are not "real" musicians. she stated, "the amount of work that local musicians put in goes unoticed. we are our own managers, sound guy, social media team; we load and unload our own equipment. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. there is a certain sense of love and peace when you play intimate setting like your local coffee shop or Sofar. you actually meet the people who came to see you . Sometimes you make life long friends. Sure concerts are great, but that moment after your show when someone walks up to you and says, 'I needed tonight, thank you.' you know its all worth it."
The old teachings or male and female roles in society. That alone carries a lot of the weight of what is wrong with the world. Sexism. homophobia, xenophobia, to name a few, all derive from the idea that there was a mold created long ago and we have to fit it. Tiara's lyrics rebel against the very core of that logic.
For Tiara it would have to be " I Could Only Imagine" by MercyMe. Tiara grew up in the Nation of Islam so christian rock music was not aloud in their home. However, the melody made her cry the first time it touched her ears so she would often wait until her parents would leave, type it up on YouTube and blast it on repeat throughout the house for hours! It really gave her a sense of how much music holds the weight of our emotions. How melodies and instrumentals; lyrics and tone could merge together to create an exper8nce. She wanted to do that. For Andrew it was the song " Express Yourself" by Charles Wright. It was one of his favorite songs as a kid and also the first song he learned on bass guitar.
So many! Hozier, Owl City, Lord Huron, Gary Clark jr., Billie Ellish, Angus & Julia Stone , Allen Stone, Sia , Whitney Houston, Twenty one Pilots Mumford & Sons, Jimmie Hendrix, Greta Van Fleet, Foster the People , Alicia Keys...etc..
All walks of life really. We can get inspired by a tv show one minuet and from someone's or our own life experience the next.
to put it into single words, love, peace, and positive energy. okay that was two words. But Tiara & Andrew aim to inspire just like the greats before them .
right before we hop on stage I can basically feel myself passing out but as soon as we start its the greatest feeling in the entire world! -Tiara
The way music is today is a blessing and a curse. Now, if you want to follow your dreams you can, without a doubt, be successful. However, music has become a popularity contest leaving singer-songwriter's or music with depth in last place. If you have an 808 beat and auto-tune , no disrespect we all listen to it, but chances are you are going to make it. Bringing something new to that table slims your chances . More diversity is how it can improve.
We are still trying to figure it out.
Self doubt. It's crazy, you can be AMAZING at what you do but there will always be that little voice saying you're not special.
Definitely! We try to go out to shows when we are free. Buy their music and share their stuff.
I would like to say originality and authenticity but that's not very popular these days. If you REALLY want to be heard makes something catchy. There are a small percentage of us out there who crave originality though.
Locally Taesean Blanding ,Tasha Thomas, Rock Kelly ,Jonothan Facka, Mitchel Evans, Emma Garrell, Kailen Kreech, to name a few.