Tara Jane McDonald is a British singer-songwriter. She is signed to Play Two/Warner Records.
McDonald achieved success working and co-writing with Armand van Helden and Axwell on the chart hits "My My My" and "Feel the Vibe". Both these projects debuted at number 1 in the club charts before peaking in the UK sales charts at No. 12 and No. 16, respectively. She has also collaborated with Todd Terry, co-writing the song "Get Down", and with David Guetta, co-writing "Delirious" and "You Are Not Alone" on his album Pop Life .
McDonald hosted her own one-hour dance music radio show called I Like This Beat (formerly called Shut Up & Dance). The program was syndicated on over 50 stations in 40 countries and released as a free podcast through iTunes.[ not verified in body ]
At the start of 2012, McDonald worked as an assistant vocal coach on the first series of the TV show The Voice in Belgium alongside the French pop star Quentin Mosimann. The winner of this series, and member of Mosimann's team, Roberto Bellarosa, went on to sign a recording contract with Sony Music.
McDonald signed a three-album deal with Mercury/Universal in 2012 and her debut album is set to be released in 2017. [ needs update ] In 2014, she released a single featuring Snoop Dogg called "Vay-K".
Her "I Need a Miracle" single was chosen as the Europride anthem for 2016. The single charted #18 Portugal, #47 France and #15 iTunes Global charts France, #5 iTunes Pop charts France,#6 Spotify Viral charts France,#1 iTunes Global charts Belgium, #1 iTunes Dance charts Belgium, #3 iTunes Global charts Portugal, #1 iTunes Dance charts Portugal & #20 iTunes Dance charts Italy.
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McDonald was born in Dartford, to parents of Irish descent.[ citation needed ] She won the Danny Kaye Award for the song "Make Your Own Rainbow". Hosted by Audrey Hepburn and attended by the Queen of Holland.
McDonald became a child ambassador for UNICEF for a year when she was 12, promoting and campaigning for the "rights of the child" throughout Europe and Africa. She also performed in the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Jude Law for the Edinburgh festival, and later won the juvenile lead part in a musical called St. Bernadette at the Dominion Theatre in London. McDonald was schooled at the Italia Conti stage school then later moved to the BRIT School.
McDonald worked as a backing dancer for Karen Ramirez for promotion of her single "Looking for Love" and appeared as a backing dancer for the Jungle Brothers single, "I'll House You". She also worked for the charity Combined Services Entertainment as a "forces sweetheart", providing entertainment for the UK armed forces around the world.
She continued to write songs for other artists and work as a session singer for a range of different artists, including Spike Edney SAS band, Thunder (band), Björn Again for various gigs, tours and TV shows. She co-wrote D-Side's debut UK Top-5 single "Stronger Together" with Cliff Randall and Simon Britton. In 2003 McDonald performed on the Jagz Kooner remix of "Butterfly Caught" for Massive Attack.
From 2004–07, McDonald sang lead and backing vocals on BBC1's programme Strictly Come Dancing .
In May 2005, Desmond Lynam presented the BBC1 programme We'll Meet Again, marking the 60th anniversary of VE Day. During the show Tara McDonald performed the song "We'll Meet Again" live.
In 2005, when McDonald was 18, she co-wrote and sang "Feel the Vibe ('Til the Morning Comes)" with Axwell, which became one of the biggest dance tracks of the year. It peaked at No. 1 on the UK Dance Singles Chart and No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart, and also charted in Finland, the Netherlands and France. Tara's next release was "My My My" with Armand Van Helden in 2006, My My My" which reached number 4 on the world internet charts, number 5 in the Belgian and Dutch charts, number 6 in Australia, number 12 in the UK, and top 30 in the world dance charts and entered the UK commercial charts at No. 11. Both tracks became dance anthems and McDonald performed them on Pete Tong BBC1 dance show in Ibiza.[ citation needed ] In 2007 McDonald co-wrote two tracks on David Guetta's third studio album, Pop Life , the hit single "Delirious" Peaked at #24 on Billboard's Dance/mix show airplay chart for 20 weeks in 2008. and an album track entitled "You're Not Alone". Guetta later described her as a "tigress on stage" and "the chic sexbomb of electro music."
McDonald also co wrote two singles with Todd Terry on his All Stars project "Play On" and "Get Down". "Get Down" Peaked at #11 on 12 January 2007 spending 20 weeks on Billboard Dance/mix show airplay.
McDonald worked with Bryan Ferry on his Dylanesque album as a backing singer, arranging some of the vocal harmonies, and toured with him for a year.In 2009 McDonald featured on and co-wrote the song "Revolution" by Vibers, (written as the anthem for the electronic music festival Liberty Parade) which won best electronic track of the year in Romania. In 2010 McDonald collaborated on songs with several artists including: "I'm Your Goddess" with David Vendetta; "Elevated" with the Australian dance duo TV Rock; "Everything", "Funkerman", and "Beats for You" with Mischa Daniels; and "Set Me on Fire" with Sidney Samson.
McDonald performed with the "Leo Green experience" as a guest vocalist at jazz venues in the UK like Ronnie Scott's. She performed at a 2008 show for the charity Childline Rocks at O2 Indigo, London. In 2011 McDonald performed at the festival 24hrs of Burning House at Smederevo Fortress, Serbia.
McDonald won "Best Female Voice of 2010" in electronic music from OnlyForDj's magazine in a worldwide competition voted on by the public.In 2012, McDonald presented three awards at the NRJ DJ awards in Monaco.
In 2011 McDonald released "Dynamite" with Sidney Samson on Spinnin Records and the remix by Nicky Romero became one of the most-successful club tracks of that year with over 2 million views on YouTube. With David Guetta and Afrojack, McDonald released "Pandemonium" from the 2011 FMIF Ibiza mix album which reached No. 2 Switzerland, No. 3 France, and charted in Austria and Spain. She also co-wrote, sang and produced the vocals for "Tomorrow (Give in to the Night)", the anthem to Tomorrowland 2010 with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Dada Life, which was an international club hit and broke the Top 20 in Belgium. Tara released the record Generation 24/7 though Hed Kandi Records on 12 December 2011.
In 2012 McDonald started a weekly late-night radio show called Shut Up & Dance. She was the only non-GJ to have a show on FG Radio (France and Belgium). [ citation needed ]In 2013 the show was renamed to I Like This Beat and was syndicated in 45 countries, Emirates, and as a free podcast on iTunes.
In 2012 McDonald was the assistant vocal coach on The Voice in Belgium, working alongside the French pop star Quentin Mosimann.
In 2012 McDonald signed a two-album deal with Mercury/Universal,soon after releasing the single "Give Me More".
McDonald performed "Give Me More" alongside Justin Bieber, Jennifer, 1789 and Merwan Wim at the NRJ Music Tour de Paris. [ excessive citations ] She performed a show at the Grand Palais in celebration of 20 years of FG radio in Paris. McDonald performed "Give Me More" live at the 18th Salon du Chocolat at the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on 30 October 2012, wearing a dress made entirely of chocolate and arrived on stage in a chocolate space ship.
McDonald released her second solo single, the duet "Shooting Star" featuring Zaho. It also appears on the 2013 re-release of Zaho's album Contagieuse. She performed the song with Zaho and a full live band at an electronic party called So Happy in Paris held at the Paris Olympia.
McDonald was the only non-Dutch artist to be asked to perform at Strijders Voor De Liefde Warriors For Love, a special televised concert to raise awareness for equal rights for LGBT citizens.
McDonald was chosen to be the host, a.k.a. La Marraine (the sponsor), of LGBT Paris Pride. Her duties included a presentation for a press conference, delivering a speech to open the march in front of 500,000 people, performing on the main stage and delivering a speech to close the year's event. She performed an electric set at Ultra Music Festival in South Korea alongside M.I.A. and Far East Movement. McDonald's performance at the Exit Festival sister festival Sea Dance received positive reviews,[ citation needed ] performing on the main stage.
Her third single "Vay-K" was released in October 2014, and featured Snoop Dogg.
"A Place To Go," the dance track of the rising and talented DJ / producer, Investo, with vocalist dance diva Tara McDonald, is already on the playlist of Greece's largest radio stations and has climbed so far to Top50 of the Official Greek Airplay Chart.The track released by our country's top dance company, Down2Earth Records, was nailed directly to # 2 of the Greek iTunes Chart and is also on the Shazam Chart.
The song has reached #2 on the Greek iTunes Chart and also has been in the Top50 on the Official Greek Airplay Chart.
McDonald released "Happy Hour" on the compilation album TPMZ together with hit French TV show TPMP . The song was co-written by McDonald, producer Tefa, Trackstorm and Ben Adams from UK boy-band A1. The track was picked to be the album's lead single and released ahead of McDonald's solo single "Girls Just Wanna Funk".
On 15 January 2016 McDonald released the single "I Need a Miracle" (a cover of the 1996 Coco Star song) through Mercury Universal Records in France and Bip Records in Belgium. 1 hit in 14 countries in 2000. McDonald believed the lyrics were significant at a time of war and religious friction and could help bring people together. It was used as the official anthem of EuroPride 2016. McDonald opened Europride at Dam Square in Amsterdam and performed the song at the Human Rights concert with a full orchestra."I Need a Miracle" charted #18 Portugal, #47 France and #15 iTunes Global charts France, #5 iTunes Pop charts France,#6 Spotify Viral charts France,#1 iTunes Global charts Belgium, #1 iTunes Dance charts Belgium, #3 iTunes Global charts Portugal, #1 iTunes Dance charts Portugal & #20 iTunes Dance charts Italy. This track is better known worldwide from the mashup "Toca's Miracle" by Fragma, which was a No.
"I Need a Miracle" was also featured in the British film White Island starring Billy Zane and UK singer/rapper Example.
McDonald collaborated with Spanish singer-songwriter Juan Magan on the single "Love Me", which she co-wrote with Mexican boy-band Urband 5.
In 2017, McDonald signed a new recording contract with Play Two/Warner Music France for an album deal. She released the first solo single, "Taxxxi" on 10 November 2017.McDonald first performed Taxxxi live headlining Winter pride in Gran Canaria 2017 Taxxxi charted in the UK & French club charts #7 UK upfront club charts #8 commercial pop charts #18 Cool cut charts UK and #5 buzz chart #13 club charts in France.
On 3 May 2019, McDonald released Money Maker featuring Latin Grammy winners Zion & Lennox through Play Two/Warner Music France,the song was licensed through Ditto Music for Latin America, 9122 Records for India, Magic Records in Poland and surrounding territories, Roton for Romania, Universal Music Mena for Middle East & North Africa The official music video was released on 2 May 2019 directed by Felicity Ben through Hi Five Production. McDonald 1st performed the single on TV on TucasaTv MVS in Mexico, and at Amsterdam Pride 2019.
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On 11 June 2005 & 20 May 2006 McDonald joined the Band Du Lac (an all-star supergroup brought together to play occasional charity concerts in aid of HASTE (Heart And Stroke Trust Endeavour). With Gary Brooker of Procol Harum directing from the piano, a backing band that includes Andy Fairweather Low and Mike Rutherford on guitars, Paul Carrack on keyboards and Henry Spinetti on drums gives virtuoso support to a host of stars including Eric Clapton, Katie Melua, Tara McDonald, Roger Taylor (Queen drummer), Ringo Starr and The Drifters
13 March 2008. McDonald was asked to performed at The Childline Rocks charity show was held at Indigo2 in London, UK raising money for the UK children's charity Childline. Hosted by radio legend Bob Harris, the bill included Roger Daltrey, Lulu (singer), Ian Paice, Glenn Hughes, Thunder (band), The Zombies, FISH, Marillion, Russ Ballard, Brian Bennett
On 9 June 2011, McDonald performed as the only international artist at Girls First concert with the New Amsterdam Orchestra, in The Netherlands, an event organised by children's charity Plan to promote the rights of girls which was broadcast by Avro TV Nationwide. Other artists Waylon (singer), Glennis Grace, Anita Meyer, Xander de Buisonjé, Ben Saunders (singer), Alain Clark, Birgit Schuurman, Clarence Bekker, Dazzled Kid, Giovanca, Jacqueline Govaert, Jelka van Houten, Lois Lane, Martin Buitenhuis, Miss Nina, Paul de Munnik, Postman, Racoon, Tara McDonald, New Gospel Sensation, Daphne Bunskoek, Gerard Ekdom
On 6 October 2012, McDonald performed at the Night For Life at PrideMetz arena concert in France to raise money for Cancer Night For Life A televised charity event supporting children with terminal diseases. Performing alongside Tal, Big Ali, Jean Roch, Cascada, Craig David.
McDonald was invited to perform at Teleton por La Vida on 5 December 2015 in (Guayaquil, Ecuador). Tara performed her single "I Need A Miracle' and a melody of greatest hits to raise money for the Teleton foundation which made $1.5 Million for the children in Guayaquil.
In 2016 McDonald gave her single "I Need A Miracle" to be included in the #WEHELPU music compilation where all proceeds are given to help raise money for those affected in the earthquake in Italy which was released on 16 September 2016
Also in 2016 Europride chose Tara McDonald to be one of the official ambassadors and her single "I Need A Miracle" to be the official anthem with a special remix by Dutch DJ/producer Gregor Salto which was used to promote equality and LGBTQIA+ rights.
In 2020 McDonald released a new version of "I Need A Miracle" for Unicef to raise money for children around the world affected by covid-19.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Give Me More"||2012||—||—||72||—||—||—||—||—||107||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"Shooting Star" |
(Tara McDonald featuring Zaho)
(Tara McDonald featuring Snoop Dogg)
|"I Need a Miracle"||2016||—||—||17||—||—||—||—||98||47||—||—||4||—||—||—||—|
|"MoneyMaker featuring Zion & Lennox"||2019||—||—||85||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Feel the Vibe"|
(Axwell featuring Tara McDonald)
|"My My My" |
(Armand Van Helden featuring Tara McDonald)
|2006||—||—||12||—||—||—||25||—||—||—||—||—||—||14||—||— | 12||—||—||—|
(David Guetta featuring Tara McDonald)
|"I'm Your Goddess" |
(David Vendetta vs. Tara McDonald featuring Alim)
|"Tomorrow (Give in to the Night)" |
(Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dada Life and Tara McDonald)
|"Beats for You" |
(Mischa Daniels and Tara McDonald)
(Jay Style featuring Cozi and Tara McDonald)
(TV Rock featuring Tara McDonald)
(Juan Magan featuring Urband5, Tara McDonald)
(David Guetta, Afrojack featuring Tara McDonald)
McDonald is an active supporter of gay rights. She was an ambassador for Europride 2016 and her single "I Need A Miracle was chosen as the official anthem. McDonald said "Equal rights for me is such an important issue, I believe anything less than equality is an insult! It's unjust to give a selected few preferential treatment, we are all human after all! Everybody deserves to be treated fairly, equally. This is an issue I will spend my life campaigning for, until the laws are changed to protect and implement this and for all the countries around the world to unite and have the same global vision for equality."In an interview with Maxazine magazine for the Netherlands, McDonald said "Forget about the label, it's about the person". McDonald, godmother of Paris Pride 2014 said in an interview for the weekly news magazine Le Point (France) she was "shocked by the people anti-gay marriages in France". This shows that there is still work to be done (...) We need to change attitudes and educate people." "I will always fight for equality!"
McDonald identifies as vegan and is passionate about animal rights. Tara became vegan in 2017 after meeting a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka who was vegan. Tara calls plant based food a "good karma diet". She is an ambassador for the worldwide vegan/vegetarian restaurant guide website HappyCow.In an interview with London Vegans, McDonald said: "I thought being vegetarian was good enough. But when you know better, you do better. There's no way I would ever go back to eating animal products". "The vegan lifestyle has made me feel so good that it's only natural that I want to share it with people."
Tara McDonald identifies as a feminist.
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"I Need a Miracle" is a single released by British singer-songwriter Tara McDonald in 2016. It was chosen as the Europride anthem for 2016 remixed by Gregor Salto. The single charted at No. 83 in Portugal and No. 47 in France. It is a cover of the song originally recorded by Coco Star released on Green Light Recordings, which was re-released as a mashup/remix by Fragma called "Toca's Miracle". It was co-written by Rob Davis and Victor Imbres. McDonald's version of the song is produced in a tropical dance style and the BPM for this cover version is slower than the original. One line repeated often in this version is "I won't take nothing less than a deeper love", which McDonald felt was the message of the song she wanted to share.
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