During her most recent trip to New York City, Tiara Thomas graced The Soho Ludlow House for an intimate performance, as well as an exclusive/personable Q&A for the audience.
Tiara Thomas is an artist with such a transparently sincere personality and her passion for music is undeniable. Through her Q&A – She was both honest and humorous through every response and point she raised.
When asked “What’s more important lyric or melody?” she said “The lyrics, 100%. Man, I can excuse a lot of sh*t if your lyrics are fire.” – re-emphasizing her admiration and dedication to honesty. As an artist, she expects some truth to be translated in one’s craft.
When it comes to writer’s block Tiara says: “There’s always something to say” – and the message doesn’t always have to be deep. Sometimes people have those deep thoughts that they translate to their music and lyrics – and sometimes, they just don’t.
Tiara Thomas is widely known for her collaboration with Wale on “Bad”. However, since the release of “Bad” Tiara has been carving her own lane, working on her craft and staying true to herself in an industry that is constantly subjecting ‘idealistic’ expectations.
Tiara performed three songs. The song she opened with was “I Need” from her most recent EP “FWMM”. She was comfortably sitting on a stool chair, with an acoustic guitar – one could easily hear a pin-drop as the audience was so consumed. Her voice so instantly captured the audience – no crazy runs or overt choreography but through simply being herself and singing her truth.
“Bad” was next – and Tiara stripped it down, adding a different layer to the meaning behind the song. Looking across the audience, one could see people singing along and connecting with Tiara. The song was released in 2013 yet, it remains a track that people will always sing-along-to and when-performed-live, be captivated with wonderment and the sweetest of nostalgias.
She ended her set with “Mary Jane” from her older EP “Up in Smoke” – the original track has an upbeat bounce to it but Tiara stripped it down for her performance. She brought out her true singer/songwriter ability and gave the song an interesting switch-up. Her note changes had the audience going “ooou” and “yes” mid-performance.
It was definitely a night that celebrated music, rawness and authenticity – much thanks to Tiara’s performance and undeniable presence.
Make sure to give Tiara’s new EP FWMM a listen.