HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Dubbed the 'Tiny Chancer' by the UK media after having been discovered by Sir Elton John at aged just 13, Tallia Storm has built an incredible fan base, performed across the world and is without a doubt one of the most stylish and talked about British teenagers.
After leaving her demo CD with Sir Elton John's partner in a hotel restaurant, singer/songwriter Tallia Storm's life changed in 2012 when she was just 13 years of age.
Sir Elton John called within 24 hours and invited her to open his football stadium concert in Scotland. She belted out her strong soulful melodies, with an R&B groove that simply defied her petite teenage frame. To great critical acclaim, she was front-page news in the UK media. Since then Tallia has performed across the world with her fearless sense of style and charm.
Having grown up singing along to Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Lena Horne and later finding a love for contemporary artists such as the late Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean, Drake & Kendrick Lamar, Tallia delivers a powerful and modern urban vocal, which is gathering an array of fans. Her forte is live performance and her simple acoustic set is where her heart is, which is why her social media fan base goes from strength to strength.
Tallia's released a 4 track EP last summer that offered you a glimpse of her unique soulful sound, one hailed by Sir Elton John as 'one of the most impressive soul signatures I've heard in years' and by Nile Rodgers who said Tallia was 'one of his favourite new artists in the world'. Her music received great critical acclaim in the UK. "An infectious beat reminiscent of a Kylie Minogue dance style tracks," Vibe Magazine. "Like, Follow, Tweet, Tweet, is the ultra modern hypnotic hook that draws you into this garage infused track," Gigslutz.co.uk "It's safe to say that Tallia Storm is well on her way to becoming the next big thing and only time will tell us just how much stronger she will get," Hitthefloor.com.
Since then she decided to take her time and write and craft her debut album entitled 'Teenage Tears', which is released on the 17th November 2017. It's easy to detect her influences, which she sites as Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys to the jazz greats like Fitzgerald and Vaughan. There are 15 tracks on the album which provide a real flavour of her soulful, jazz infused R&B vocal. Tallia Storm said; "This album is a rollercoaster of emotions - real, raw and honest. It's a journey of discovery and empowerment through a collection of teenage stories from my life. The track 'Everyday' was the most emotional for me as my mum was fighting a cancer battle this year. I threw myself into song writing and 'Everyday' is the result. There are so many pressures out there, but if we navigate them slowly we can handle anything that comes our way."
Tallia is part of the growing staple of acts who are not repped by a major label. She represents that Gen Z demographic, who are entrepreneurial & independent, thinking globally, not locally, with fierce ambition and originality. The singer/songwriter has funded the music production independently, working with industry heavyweights in LA, Atlanta and London, all thanks to her 300,000 strong Instagram profile as a teenage influencer and fashion 'it girl'. Being dressed by some of the biggest high street and luxury brands in the world and earning a living, has enabled her to deliver the kind of music 'she wants'!
Tallia has also published two novels with Scholastic entitled 'POP GIRL' and 'SIGNED WITH A KISS', has spoken at TEDXTeen in New York at the request of Nile Rodgers and wrote for Huffington Post Teen.
'This is me now. Some people say I dream too big, I say they dream too small'