Like Icarus, actress and singer-songwriter Tara Macri is soaring toward the sun. Unlike Icarus, flying too close to the sun isn’t chancy because Macri has a supernatural gift — oodles of talent.
She began playing piano at the age of two. By the time she was 14, she was acting professionally, followed by appearing in Hairspray, Jersey Boys, and The First Wives Club on Broadway. Alongside Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman, she voiced Young Tigress in Hollywood’s Secrets of the Scroll.
When she isn’t acting or doing voice over work, Macri is writing and recording songs, turning out hits like “Prettiest Girl in the Room,” which charted in Billboard’s Top 80, or her pop anthem “Meet Me on Mars.” Her latest music video, “Baby You Got Me,” a smoldering love song, collected immediate media attention.
Medium sat down with Tara Macri to find out more about her influences, how she writes songs, and what it’s like flying so close to the sun.
How would you describe yourself?
Fun, feisty, approachable.
What’s your favorite song to belt out in the car or the shower?
Currently that would be Katy Perry’s new song “Never Really Over.” Love it…such a great song!
Who is your favorite music artist?
I have so many the list is very long. I am a huge fan of PINK! I love how all her songs are filled with so much honesty.
How did you get started in music? What’s the backstory there?
I’ve always been writing and performing, probably to the dismay of my family. I am super lucky though to have very supportive parents. They saw that I loved singing, dancing and playing piano when I was younger, so they put me in lessons. From there it turned into more and more!
What musicians influenced you the most?
The Beatles. I am also really inspired by Coldplay and would love to work with them!
How, if at all, do your musical influences shape and impact your music?
My music is influenced by the honesty of Pink’s songs. The big production from Cold Play and Adele influences me to stretch my vocal range when writing.
Where do you find inspiration for your music?
We live in a complicated and high-energy world where we are affected by many things all the time, and I do my best to remain open to influence all around me. If something strikes me and resonates with me, it might find its way into a song. One thing is for sure, all of my songs come from an honest and authentic place inside me, and each and every one means a lot to me.
What was the inspiration for “Baby You Got Me?”
I think we all have been in a relationship and something indescribable hits you and you realize that it is meant to be. That you are all in with this person for whatever the future may bring. The feeling is hard to describe but you know when it happens to you.
What is your song-writing process? Lyrics first, or music first?
It’s different every time, really. You never know when a song or a beat is going to hit you. It sometimes happens when I am driving, or rather … sitting, in LA traffic. Sometimes, I have the opportunity to work with really great producers and we will build a track together, and then write to the track. Other times, I will come up with the melody on the piano and then the lyrics come to me after the melody is set. And then there are the times that a title will start the whole process. The length of time it takes for me to write a song varies … it can just pour out and other times it might even take a few weeks.
You’re also an accomplished actress. Which do you prefer, music or acting?
I love the variety that each of them affords me. Sometimes everyday can be like Christmas!
What’s next for you musically?
Lot’s! Right now, I am busy promoting “Baby You Got Me” and doing shows as well. You can check out my website for show dates.
Any plans to tour?
Yes! Check the website for the upcoming shows. Thank you so much for the interview!