2012 TIARA  Female Vocal Finalist and 2012 and 2013 MusicOz Finalist



Born and raised in Cessnock, situated in the NSW Hunter Valley region, a 12-year-old Tara was thrilled to enrol in singing lessons. A couple of years later, Tara begged her parents to allow her to join her first band. At first mum and dad had to be convinced but they were very supportive and ended up driving her to all the gigs as 14-year-old Tara was a few years off from getting her licence.


Her debut EP “Strong Hands” was released in 2004 just prior to reaching the finals of the Star Maker competition (Travis Collins took out the title that year). The low-key release featured mainly self-penned tracks, was produced locally and received solid airplay in the Newcastle/Hunter region.


In 2009 the singer-songwriter teamed up with fellow country music artist Rob Wilson to produce her debut album, “Now’s The Time”. The 13 track release generated four radio hits including the duet ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ written by the album’s producer – the single peaked at No.18 on the Country Tracks Top 30 and No. 38 on the Country Music Channel, a definite career highlight for the 2004 Star Maker finalist. 


Tara Naysmith's rich and soulful vocal, shines throughout her debut full-length release, “Now’s The Time”. Well worth a listen and as the title suggests, now may just be Tara Naysmith's time”, Matt Lawrence, Country Music Capital News


Following the release of her debut album, Tara spent her time performing far and wide including many of Australia’s celebrated country music festivals including the annual events in Tamworth, Central Coast, Cessnock and Mildura.


Additional career highlights came in 1997 and 2001 where she performed at civic receptions and shared the stage with NRL Premiership winners The Newcastle Knights and in 2000 when she was selected to sing at the Olympic Torch party in Cessnock before a crowd of over 15,000. In recent years she has performed at a number of events in her hometown and Sydney for audiences that included Mark Latham, Kevin Rudd and the current PM Julia Gillard.


At the 2011 Cessnock City’s Australia Day celebrations, Tara was honoured with an award for commitment to the local community (in the field of entertainment)  – this was in recognition of performing at a number of charity events/community groups over the years. The day was capped off by performing ‘I Am Australian’ with the legendary Kamahl.


Early March 2013 saw the release of Tara’s second full-length collection “What It Takes” with Rob Wilson once again, sitting in the producer’s chair. Tara spent most of 2012 preparing this release and has written or co-written six of the 14 tracks. One of the tracks comes from the producer’s pen and the remainder from Nashville songwriters including Rick Tiger, a prolific writer with cuts by Montgomery Gentry and Joe Nichols. First radio single, ‘Loveable’ penned by Australian expat Tamika Kellehear is a fun, catchy track that puts a smile on your face.


Rob and Tara assembled a who’s who of Australian country musicians to bring the songs to life including Mik McCartin (drums), Jeff McCormack (bass), Mick Albeck (fiddle) and Karen O’Shea (backing vocals).


The 2012 MusicOZ finalist cites the self-penned ‘Take The Memories’ as one of her album favourites. This personal and emotional track was born 18 months ago when her mother decided to sell the family home. The place where Tara and her three brothers were raised, had a memory in every corner and whilst her mother knew it was the best decision, not until she saw the ‘sold’ sign did it become very real and even sad. Tara told her mum she would ‘take the memories with her’...


Another personal track is ‘Little Things’ as a mum of two beautiful boys Tara knows all too well that’s it’s very easy to get caught up in our busy lives and planning of the next big thing. Taking time out to enjoy a hug from our children or a perfect blue sky; remembering the little things are the key elements of this tune.


“What It Takes” is out now & available from iTunes and Tara’s official site



For further information, please contact: Tara on phone 0418 654022 or email taranaysmith@bigpond.com

Tara Naysmith has her parents to thank for making country music part of her life. Growing up Tara was exposed to such country greats as Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and our very own Slim Dusty. These days her music collection now features that impressive list plus contemporary artists Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley plus Aussies – Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey.





New album What It Takes out now. For more information visit the Products page on my website.