Baronessa, aka Amy Baron Tarr, is a versatile vocalist with music in her DNA. Her mother is a classically trained pianist, violinist and choral director. She grew up singing and playing the flute, her oldest brother played the violin, her other brother played oboe, guitar and bass, and her father played WQXR. At the age of 6, Amy experienced the thrill of performing onstage when she played the role of Gretel in The Sound of Music in a regional musical theater group in New Jersey, and she has been singing and performing ever since.
Although Amy majored in Latin at college, her mother jokes that she majored in Gilbert & Sullivan. In fact, Amy was part of a college theater group dedicated to performing G&S operas every semester. While working on her master’s degree in teaching, Amy was part of a choir that celebrates African and black music throughout the world.
As a busy mother of three young children, Amy set aside her passion for music and performing until recently. It was her seven-year-old daughter, Penelope, with a powerful and uninhibited voice, who made Amy realize that it was time to get back to her own singing. Amy has developed a unique sound with clarity and definition. Indeed, Amy’s mezzo-soprano voice is easy to listen to and full of emotion, whether her tone is haunting and full of heartache, or comic with a sassy edge. Her voice has a retro feel, reminiscent of blues and jazz masters like Bessie Smith, Peggy Lee and Barbra Streisand.
A wide variety of genres and artists have influenced Amy: jazz icons Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald; Motown artists like Smokey Robinson and the Supremes; classic rock bands like The Doors, The Rolling Stones and Queen; alternative rock groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, and INXS, as well as a healthy dose of ‘80s and ‘90s pop, plus Broadway and classical music.
Amy’s original material is rock at its core, but it reflects influences from other genres. In her music she hopes to explore the intersection of disparate genres and to collaborate with different kinds of artists to produce the most interesting and compelling music today.
No shows booked at the moment.
|03/11/15||New York, NY||The Bitter End||United States|
|Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 147 Bleecker Street. Venue phone: (212) 673-7030.|
|03/07/14||New York, NY||Trinity School||United States|
|Time: 6:30pm. Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 101 W. 91st Street. Singing from the Modern American Songbook|
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