Musician Showcase: Tania Farley

I have known and loved this remarkable woman for over four decades.  She is not only my wife, but my soulmate and closest musical collaborator…adding her unique and genuine voice, keyboard, and percussion talents to my songs and our performances.  Starting with Cimarron, she has been part of The Tom Farley – Cam Head Band, The Tom Farley Band, and The High Energy Acoustics Band.  She has won “Best Female Vocalist in Hampton Roads” and has been an audience favorite her entire career.

 

The beautiful thing about making music with Tania is that, no matter what band or studio session we were a part of, our two voices and two instruments were consistent throughout each experience.  We created and polished distinctive harmonies and styles with Vernon Martin (Cimarron), Donnie Smith (Songsmyth), Cam Head and Michael Monahan (Tom Farley-Cam Head Band) and Gerry Herndon (The Tom Farley Band)…adding originality to each live performance and recording session. 

 

With continuing our music in the studio over the last 12 years, that foundation has produced a distinctive sound and presence that is our own…creating three and four part harmonies on our own…and developing great vocal collaborations likeFree Me (A Song About Addiction)”  working with some of the finest vocalists in the area (a vocal arrangement that Tania created).  And after a 20 year absence from the stage, her live performance with  “The High Energy Acoustics Band: First Take”  (also captured on the live concert album by the same name and released in 2017) was stunning.

 

This Musician Showcase highlights her contributions as a lead singer, vocalist, vocal arranger, and musician.  Unless you saw us perform in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and in 2016…or read the liner notes on the albums…you would not be aware of her multi-talented contributions.  She added her voice to almost every recording I made.  Her performances of “Baby Can I Hold You” (Tracy Chapman) and “Landslide” (Stevie Nicks) cemented her reputation and sound in the eyes and ears of her admirers and colleagues; her studio vocals on By the Fence in the Sun”  (2016) and Free Me: A Song About Addiction” (2017) show that her sound and her ear are still exceptional.  

With luck, we'll continue to make music together for many years to come...

 

Below is a listing of the songs, contributions, video links, and album links that make up this “Musician Showcase”...with a full preview playlist for you to enjoy this wonderful body of studio and live performances:

Studio Performances

 

“Baby Can I Hold You” – Lead Vocals; Keyboards

(The Calm Before the Storm)

“Slow Drivers in the Left-Hand Lane” – Keyboards; Vocals

(The Calm Before the Storm)

“Promenade Blues” – Keyboards

(The Calm Before the Storm)

 “Landslide” – Lead Vocals

(The Calm Before the Storm)

“Coming Apart at the Seams” – Keyboards; Vocals

(The Calm Before the Storm)

“I Find Myself Wanting You” – Piano; Vocals

(Songsmyth)

“Tow – Tow – Tow” – Keyboards; Vocals

(The Calm Before the Storm)

“Say Goodbye to Me” –Vocals; Vocal Arrangement

(By the Fence in the Sun)

“You Ain’t Never” – Vocal Arrangement; Vocals

(By the Fence in the Sun)

“Free Me (A Song About Addiction)” – Vocal Arrangement; Vocals

“Similar Features” (Live) – Lead Vocals

(Songsmyth and the Basement Cuts)

“Baby Can I Hold You (Live) – Lead Vocals

(The High Energy Acoustics Band: First Take)

“Fadeaway” (Live) – Vocals; Light Percussion

(The High Energy Acoustics Band: First Take)

“Slow Drivers in the Left-Hand Lane (Live) – Vocals; Light Percussion

(The High Energy Acoustics Band: First Take)

“Jody Lee Carroll” (Live) – Vocals; Light Percussion

(The High Energy Acoustics Band: First Take)

“Sixty-Nine Pimpmobile” (Live) – Vocals; Light Percussion

(The High Energy Acoustics Band: First Take)

Videos (Studio and Live)

Baby Can I Hold You

(Live with The High Energy Acoustics Band)

Sixty-Nine Pimpmobile

The High Energy Acoustics Band: Take Five (Live)

Fadeaway by The Bodeans

The High Energy Acoustics Band: Take Five (Live)

Slow Drivers in the Left-Hand Lane

The High Energy Acoustics Band: Take Five (Live)

Jody Lee Carroll

The High Energy Acoustics Band: Take Five (Live)

Say Goodbye to Me by David Edwards

(By the Fence in the Sun)

Free Me (A Song About Addiction)

As the Raven Flies by Dan Fogelberg

(Live at Reisners - 1988)

Baby Can I Hold You by Tracy Chapman

(The Calm Before the Storm)

Landslide by Stevie Nicks

(The Calm Before the Storm)

Talkin' About a Revolution by Tracy Chapman

(Live at Reisners)

Similar Features by Melissa Ethridge

(Live at Reisners)

Baby Can I Hold You by Tracy Chapman

(Live at Reisners)

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