Southern at heart and Chicago bred Tarrey’s melodic presence springs from the crossroads of Mississippi geniality, essential womanhood, and passionate soul. No amateur to the music world, Tarrey is a 4time Apollo Winner, a recipient of 2 Grammys from her work on Kanye West’s College Dropout, and a co-writer/singer on one of Oprah’s favorite songs (John Legend’s “Live It Up”). Her voice soars to heights unvisited by the average singer and her full-bodied confidence reassures you this is classical music in the making. Though TARREY traces her earliest singing memories to childhood family pastimes, she had no plans of becoming a full-fledged performing artist. With a passion that far supercedes music, Tarrey had dreams of becoming Chicago’s first African-American woman mayor. Preparing for that path, Tarrey worked with housing organizing, youth programs,and voter registration initiatives. A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Tarrey is also a former (position) for the NAACP and has worked alongside Dr. Ben Chavis, Cornell West, and Dr. Frances Crest Welsin to organize The National African American Leadership Summit. A graduate of Mississippi Valley State University, she was well on her way to a Master’s Degree before discovering she was destined to sing.
Succumbing to her life calling, TARREY left her Masters Program and began showcasing her vocal talents at Chicago’s infamous Rituals. She soon became the front woman for the city’s highly acclaimed R&B band Soul Fed and from this point on her career continued to grow with great speed and intensity. Tarrey has gone on to appear at an increasing number of summer festivals and live venues throughout Chicago, Nashville, and New York City. Holding down stages solo, as part of toured extensively with the National NAACP Hip-hop Tour, the Nissan/Essence Magazine Electric Moyo Music Mix Tour,and as a background singer for Talib Kweli. Her audacious voice and songwriting skills have been featured on tracks with Kanye West, John Legend, Pete Rock, Freeway, and The Last Poets. With such accomplishments to uphold Tarrey Torae’s mind-blowing voice and creative fervor she is bound to leave a timeless mark on music. In the words of hip-hop sensation Talib Kweli, “TARREY TORAE is one of those rare talents that shines thru trends and will be talked about long after the music industry is gone.” Her current endeavors include her new forthcoming solo album “Sweetest Survivor” (January 27th, 2011). Beyond her music projects Tarrey Torae is working with on community development and partnerships to develop The Sweetest Survivor Foundation for children.