Tia is on her way here to sing to us at 8 p.m. on Friday – on Saturday she’s playing the o2 in Glasgow!
See her on YouTube
There are many talented country performers from Canada and Tia McGraff is certainly one of them.
Raised in Port Dover, Ontario, Tia’s love of music started at an early age when she performed in the ’12 and Under’ category in the Canadian Open Country Singing Contest. Her enjoyment of singing continued throughout her teens, being influenced by performers like Anne Murray and Linda Ronstadt.
At the age of 19 Tia won the Female Open category in the contest which she had entered many years earlier. The prize money enabled Tia to buy a guitar, which she taught herself to play and her first song ‘Mister’ received major airplay throughout Canada.
Tia’s first album, released in 1994, ‘Small Town Life’ was well received in Canada and Europe. Following the critical acclaim of her 1997 sophomore album ‘Jewel’s Cafe’, Tia decided to move to Nashville in 1999. The move enabled Tia to not only hone her songwriting skills but also opened the door for her singing when she was asked to perform on a charity album ‘One Tear Less’ alongside performers like Olivia Newton-John, Kevin Sharpand Ricochet.
Tia has justifiably had positive comments about her songwriting and performing such as
“Tia McGraff is a fantastic singer with her own vocal personality which reminds me of an early Linda Ronstadt. She is a very intuitive songwriter who knows what a song needs to make it tick. A joy to work with. It’s just a matter of time till that magic moment when everyone agrees it’s Tia’s time” – Randy Bachman
“I have seldom run into someone with a gift that needs to be heard as much as Tia. She colors outside the lines, and stands outside of the circle of tuned perfection. Tia McGraff is real and is really needed in today’s marketplace of music” – Devon O’Day
Tia and Tommy Parnham will be here in Cilcain tonight (June 6th) – make sure you are in the audience as you will be in for a treat!