Tia’s constantly being compared to legendary female singers Tina Turner, Koko Taylor and Aretha. Sure her power and sassy style of story telling may be similar, but TIA CARROLL has her own unique star power that’s evident in her new self-titled album. Don’t pass on America’s hot new sweet heart Tia Carroll. Name drops not required when the sound is this hot. Tia has toured with legendary blues icons Jimmy McCracklin & Sugar Pie DeSanto to Canada, France and Italy where she left a great impression on the audiences there. Tia Carroll was featured during the Jazzkarr featival in Tallinn Estonia. Awarded West Coast Female Blues vocalist of the year 2007 and recipient of the Jus Blues Music Foundation’s Traditional Blues Woman Of The Year 2008 and Band Leader of the Year in 2009.
Her 2009 Italian tours earned great reviews and her performance in Switzerland at the Lucerne Blues Festival is highly anticipated. Tia Carroll is carving a name for herself on the blues wall of fame.
Tia Carroll was born and raised in Richmond, California and her singer’s career started before she even knew it was a career. According to her parents Tia sang instead of crying when she entered this world. Although this might be hard to prove, it can be said that Tia grew up listening to musicians like Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Ike & Tina Turner, the Beatles and The Monkeys (!?). Tia listened to and sang along with everything and everybody, thus her musical influence runs the gamut which also helps to explain the various styles on her albums.
Tia’s first paying gig was with an old time rock n roll band called Yakety Yak at a backyard BBQ. Luckily there have been many memorable performances, including Eddie Money, The Coasters with Leon Hughes and Tia opened shows for Gladys Knight, Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle and Tower of Power. In addition Tia’s voice can be heard in the background of a few Bay Area recording artists, i.e.Sugar Pie DeSanto, E.C. Scott and Jimmy McCracklin.
Tia also tours with the legendary blues singer Jimmy McCracklin at select appearances and not so long ago she went on a 12day tour with the Bay Area Blues Society and Zakiya Hooker to Thailand on the island of Koh Samui. There they spent Christmas and New Years doing shows to help raise money for the Tsunami survivors.