FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
IN THE 64th ANNUAL GRAMMY® AWARDS
Songwriter on the Grammy ® winning album, "Oklahoma" by Keb' Mo'
BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
Best Traditional R&B Performance
DARA TUCKER - "Do We Sleep"
Best American Roots Performance
DARA TUCKER - "Wade In The Water"
Dara Tucker - Dreams of Waking:
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"On her latest album, Dreams of Waking: Music For a Better World, which arrived May 28,
Tucker embraces the urgent, topical works of songwriters both Black and white—from Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder to Paul Simon and James Taylor—as vessels for instruction and healing."
"Joining the ranks of artists speaking out is vocalist and songwriter, Dara Tucker. Rising to prominence as a co-writer on Keb’ Mo’s “Oklahoma,” Tucker has become adept at channeling her experiences into song, commenting on complex social structures along the way. On April 29, she released “Do We Sleep?” the sole original composition off her new album Dreams of Waking: Music for a Better World."
GIVETON GELLIN | SULLIVAN FORTNER | VICENTE ARCHER | DARA TUCKER | JOHN ELLIS | JOE DYSON | GREG BRYANT
DARA TUCKER BIO
Consummate vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Dara Tucker presents fresh and inspired arrangements of classic singer-songwriter and soul compositions of the protest era on her latest chart-topping jazz album Dreams of Waking: Music For a Better World.
Tucker’s powerful release gives voice to the cry for social justice and change that has swept across the United States in the new decade. Songs from such legendary songwriters as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Paul Simon are presented through a jazz lens with a compelling performance from the vocalist and her illustrious band of musicians. Dreams of Waking: Music for a Better World features Tucker alongside pianists Cyrus Chestnut and Sullivan Fortner, bassists Dezron Douglas and Vicente Archer, drummers Johnathan Blake and Joe Dyson along with saxophonist John Ellis and trumpeter Giveton Gelin.
This summer, Tucker’s powerful album peaked at #7 and spent thirteen weeks on the JazzWeek national radio charts. Her stirring version of Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free” topped the Amazon Music Fresh Jazz Playlist. The album debuted at #6 on the ITUNES Jazz Charts.
“Dreams of Waking refers to the hope that our society will develop an awareness of the inequities that still exist,” Tucker said. “It’s the dream that we will become fully conscious and attuned to the hopes, dreams and needs of every human being.”
As a songwriter, Tucker is no stranger to composition as commentary as she teamed up in a similar spirit with blues & Americana artist Keb Mo’ to co-write the title track to his 2020 Grammy-winning album Oklahoma. Tucker’s sole original composition for her new album, “Do We Sleep?” issues a passionate call for cultural awakening that echoes the title of the album. As she seeks to educate, entertain and inspire, Tucker’s activism has also spilled over to the TikTok platform where she has amassed 352,000 followers. “Many of my original songs are internal statements that help to chronicle my growth, experiences and evolution that I hope will inspire others,” Tucker said. “This time, I decided to focus on the external. Are we really awake? What are we doing to give attention to the cries of injustice and inequality, or are we complicit by silence, ignorance or lack of interest and awareness?”
JOHNATHAN BLAKE | CYRUS CHESTNUT | DARA TUCKER | DEZRON DOUGLAS
"Tucker’s vocals prove that songs from the soul and rock era remain an untapped source for straight ahead jazz. "
"Tucker’s lovely voice goes from quietly empathetic, urging patience as the arc of justice slowly bends, to a steelier instrument that more forcefully argues for pride and determination in the face of hardship."
NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
"Industry-decorated singer Dara Tucker exalts exquisite timbre, stirring melodies and warm harmonies on Dreams of Waking: Music for a Better World..."
"The brilliance and subtlety of the arrangements, together with Tucker's remarkable storytelling gift, combine to make each one sound bracingly fresh."
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