The attuned artist knows they have reached that pivotal moment, when (after years of hard work, self-exploration, audience building, creative honing, and plain old passion and determination) they suddenly create their masterpiece.
Tia McGraff unabashedly peeled back all the layers in "Break These Chains", her new 12 track CD release, on Bandana Records (produced by co-writer-husband Tommy Parham). The rootsy melodies and honest-to-heart lyrics have been produced with such integrity that one feels they are listening to something hauntingly familiar yet refreshingly real. Perhaps it is because Tia’s influences include lyrical wonders like Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin and Mary Gauthier, or because she has drawn from the stories of those who have touched her own heart. Somehow she has captured a unique and moving experience in each song that is perfectly married to mr Parham’s melodies. The CD flows from ballads like, “Between The Bed And The Door” to a lively “Whiskey Ship” and yet with a consistency that comes from stunningly crafted songwriting, stellar vocals, and impeccable musicianship.
Tommy Parham’s hooky guitar work is framed by Canadian musician Johnathon Edwards’ electric guitar, bass and mandolin. Select guest musicians include popular folk artist Ian Bell (accordion), and “hobo” harmonica performed by Reba’s own band member, Jim Kimball from Nashville. "Break These Chains was mixed in Austin, TX, by Rick DeLellis and mastered in Caledonia, ON, by legendary Nick Blagona.
Described as having "a voice stolen from angels", Tia McGraff first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBC TV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter. Johnny was so impressed with Tia, he invited her into June's dressing room to introduce the two. Johnny Cash wasn't the only one who recognized a shining star. Soon heavy weights like Randy Bachman, Dan Hill, Andrew Gold, Mark Slaughter and countless others were inviting Tia to write and record with them.
Every songwriter's dream is to make it in Nashville, and Tia soon found herself moving there to further her passion and craft. It was in Music City, USA, that this Canadian songstress met Colorado native, Tommy Parham.
6 CD releases, 4 CMT videos, 15 years of main stage festivals and headline concert performances, and you have a singer-songwriter who has crafted a musical career that is respected and celebrated by thousands of fans and industry notables today. Performing on main stage festivals, concert halls, song writing venues, and even house concerts, Tia captures her audience and holds them spell bound until her last haunting note has faded.