Tara graduated from the prestigious BRIT School in the UK, alongside Adele, Amy Winehouse,
Jessie J, Leona Lewis. Aged 9, she performed in “Les Miserables” at The Palace Theatre, London.
At 12, she performed alongside Jude Law at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Also during this year she represented the UK and won the internationally televised children’s singing competition “The Danny Kaye Award” which was hosted by Audrey Hepburn : Tara became the youngest child ambassador for UNICEF.
Soon after she performed live on stage or in recording studios alongside many rock and pop legends such as Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), Roger Taylor (Queen), Roger Walters (Pink Floyd), Andy Taylor (Duran Duran), Jocelyn Brown, Eric Clapton and Ringo Star (The Beatles). Tara worked closely with Bryan Ferry on his “Dylanesque” album, both performing and arranging backing vocals.
Tara got her first number one as a songwriter for Irish boyband D-Side co-writing the single and the title track of their album “Stronger Together” produced by Cutfather and Joe, which reached #2 in Ireland and became the title track of their album which reached #1 in Japan in 2004.
Tara has collaborated with some of the biggest producers worldwide with more than 20 tracks
that reached the top 10 in the international charts. She has an abundance of hits : featuring on Armand Van Helden’s worldwide smash “My My My”, co-wrote and featured Axwell – “Feel The Vibe”, Todd Terry – “Get Down” and with David Guetta – “Delirious” that reached #2 in Belgium, #16 in Switzerland, #12 in The Netherlands, #16 in France… and “You’re Not Alone” which featured
on David Guetta’s platinum selling “Pop Life album” that reached #2 in France, #4 in Belgium, #8
in Switzerland… In addition, Tara also collaborated with Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Sidney Samson,
DJ Smash, Gregor Salto, Laidback Luke, Chuckie. At the top of the international charts with her soulful voice and infectious melodies, Tara got the attention of all the biggest producers of the dance industry.
She performed at Tomorrowland Belgium in 2010 — the biggest dance festival in Europe — on the main stage with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Dada Life singing the official Anthem for the festival “Give into The Night” that she co-wrote and co-produced which reached #16 in Belgium charts. She also scored another Beatport no.1 featuring on Lee Cabrera, Thomas Gold – “Shake It”. Tara was awarded “Best Voice of the Dance Scene of 2011” — Only For Djs magazine.
In 2012, Tara signed a 3 album recording contract as a top priority artist to Mercury/Universal music. Her first solo single “Give Me More”, much to everyone’s surprise was a pop record reaching #10 Radio Airplay in France, Belgium and Switzerland.
4 years after their first successful collaboration, David Guetta brought Tara on board again to feature on “Pandemonium” co-produced by Afrojack released on the “F*** Me I’m Famous” compilation that hit #3 in France, #20 in U.K, #24 in USA, #17 in Austria, #2 in Switzerland.
As a world renowned vocalist and described as “The White singer with the black voice” — Rolling Stone Magazine, it was no surprise Tara was invited to be an assistant vocal coach on the first television series of The Voice (Belgium).
Contrary to all expectations, in 2013, the Queen of the Dance and the platinum selling Queen of R&B French-Canadian Zaho joined together for a collaboration on a single called “Shooting Star”. The track is sung in English and in French. This unexpected collaboration was critically acclaimed for its artistic originality hit #28 in France, #16 in Belgium, reached #8 TV Airplay and #5 Radio Airplay in France.
To close the year 2013, Tara was honoured to win the prestigious prize of “Best voice of the dance scene” at the Fashion Music Awards — Shanghai.
2014-2015 was the year of the live tour, performing at some of the biggest events and festivals around the world : Ultra Music Festival — Seoul, South Korea alongside MIA and Far East Movement, Exit Festival — Budva, Montenegro alongside Example and Jamiroquai, NRJ Music Tour — Paris, France alongside Justin Bieber, One FM Star Night — Geneva (Arena), Switzerland, Olympia — Paris, France… Tara was honoured to be chosen the ambassador of the LGBTQ Pride in Paris, headlining the main stage in front of 500,000 people, and privileged to have been one of the ambassadors of the Teleton in Guayaquil, Ecuador performing and raised over $1.5 million for the childrens charity.
In September 2014 Tara released her new single “Vay-K” featuring hip hop legend Snoop Dogg. Co written by Snoop Dogg himself and Tara, produced by Nathan Duvall — 1/3 of Disciples who released “How Deep is your Love” with Calvin Harris — The single reached #16 in Belgium, #18 in Switzerland and #10 in France.
2016 Tara McDonald is back with her new solo single “I Need A Miracle” a cover originally by Coco Star which was remixed by Fragma and released as “Toca’s Miracle”. The song shot straight to #1 in Belgium, #1 in Portugal, #1 in Dominican Republic, #18 in France, #13 in The Netherlands and #10 in Italy. The single was also chosen as the Europride anthem for 2016, also featured in the movie “White Island” set in Ibiza starring Billy Zane and UK singer/rapper Example and included in the #WeHelpU album to raise money for people affected by the Earthquake in Italy.
In October 2016, Tara breaks the Latin American market with her collaboration with the platinum selling recording artist Juan Magan on the single “Love Me” — which she co-wrote and also featured on alongside the Mexican boy band Urband5 — The song already hit #1 in Guatemala, #1 in Panama, #1 in El Salvador, #1 in Costa Rica, #1 in Paraguay !