he secret to the success of Tarrus Riley, believe it or not, is quite simple – "when preparation meets opportunity", stated a self-assured Riley. "I've been surrounded by music all my life. My father is a singer and my mother is a bathroom singer", he explains with a chuckle. "Because I can't change the world, I sing for the people - this is the contribution I can make and after I make a song; it isn't even mine anymore; it belongs to the people."

Virtually born and steeped in music, Tarrus Riley has learnt a lot by merely being in the environment of the music business. He caught on very quickly and so "voiced my first song at the age of 13". "I've always loved music; I used to deejay but everyone used to encourage me to sing. They used to call me "Singy Singy" 'cause I'm always singing," he said with a introspective smile. In 2004, Tarrus released his debut album, Challenges - "I was fortunate to have recorded my debut album with an independent label out of Miami".

Tarrus successfully released his sophomore album in 2006 to widespread acclaim and spawned hit singles - "Stay With You", "Beware", "She's Royal", "Lion Paw", among others. "I worked on Parables with Dean Fraser and I wasn't surprised at the success it has had, but how fast it all happened", commented a reflective Riley. "I've known Dean a long time and to work with him on something as great and historic as Parables, is an honour", he also said. "Parables was a confidence builder and has set the foundation for everything else that I will be bringing to my audience".

"I define myself so I make thought-provoking music about Black consciousness and experiences. I want to open people's minds and let them think. My music isn't prejudiced towards colour, class, creed or nationality," he explained passionately. "I target women and children with my music because slavery tampered with the woman's mind and that's why I wrote She's Royal. She's the head of the household so she has the power to influence the young men and women of tomorrow," he further explained.

As with everything in life, a firm foundation is always the safest way to go. Tarrus works with a group of friends on a movement proudly titled BLAKSOIL – Bredren Living According King Selassie-I Overstanding & Iritical Livity. Through this movement, Riley hopes to further target the consciousness of our women and children..

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Thursday, February 13 · Doors 8:00 PM at 1015 Folsom