If one word could describe La Tanya Hall's talent, it would be ‘diverse’. Her versatility has enabled her to travel the world and work with some of the most celebrated artists including; Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Harry Belafonte and Bobby McFerrin. She is also an in-demand session singer and accomplished actress, having lent her skills to numerous recording projects, Broadway shows and television and movie appearances.
Raised in Texas and Colorado, La Tanya began singing professionally at age 13 with her father, a jazz pianist who performed all over the world. "Mastering the standards was invaluable training for me," she says. “From my father, I learned to create my own style and not be afraid to take chances vocally."
"Working with Harry Belafonte and Bobby McFerrin opened my ears to the beauty and complexity of world music," says La Tanya. Her exposure to music from South and West Africa, Brazil, Haiti and Cuba cemented her desire to test these influences in her performances.
La Tanya's voice has been described as "powerfully sensuous" and "beautifully musical" in reviews around the world. Her stage presence has been touted as "brilliant" and "extremely engaging." She was voted "Best Solo Artist – Unsigned Professional" by the Contemporary Acapella Recording Awards (CARAS) for her earlier work. The panel, in detailing their decision, wrote, "It's easy to get caught up in vocal extravagances when you've got a voice like La Tanya's, but she tastefully refrains. She lets fly when the time comes, but isn't afraid to hold a note."
Her outer beauty doesn’t escape notice as La Tanya was formerly Miss Colorado and 3rd-runner-up in the Miss America Pageant. She has traveled the country as a spokesperson and performer for the organization.
La Tanya's decision to focus on her solo career and showcase her unique style is a golden opportunity to bring this hidden gem of a talent to the forefront.
La Tanya is featured on The Embers, "The Show Must Go On" in the beautiful duet, "Not So Long Ago". She also appears on the Darryl Tookes EP, joining Darryl in delivering the stirring message "Live & let Live".