Tara McDonald

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Tara McDonald
Birth nameTara Jane McDonald
Born (1987-09-09) 9 September 1987 (age 31)
Dartford, England
Years active1998–present
Associated acts

Tara Jane McDonald is an English-Irish songwriter and vocalist signed to Play Two/Warner Records.

McDonald achieved success working and co-writing with Armand van Helden and Axwell on the chart hits "My My My" and "Feel the Vibe". Both these projects debuted at number 1 in the club charts before peaking in the UK sales charts at No. 12 and No. 16, respectively. She has also collaborated with Todd Terry, co-writing the song "Get Down", and with David Guetta, co-writing "Delirious" and "You Are Not Alone" on his album Pop Life.

McDonald hosted her own one-hour dance music radio show called I Like This Beat (formerly called Shut Up & Dance). The program was syndicated on over 50 stations in 40 countries and released as a free podcast through iTunes.[not verified in body]

At the start of 2012, McDonald worked as an assistant vocal coach on the first series of the TV show The Voice in Belgium alongside the French pop star Quentin Mosimann. The winner of this series, and member of Mosimann's team, Roberto Bellarosa, went on to sign a recording contract with Sony Music.

McDonald signed a three-album deal with Mercury/Universal in 2012 and her debut album is set to be released in 2017.[1][needs update] In 2014, she released a single featuring Snoop Dogg called "Vay-K".[2][3]

Her "I Need a Miracle" single was chosen as the Europride anthem for 2016. The single charted #18 Portugal, #47 France and #15 iTunes Global charts France, #5 iTunes Pop charts France,#6 Spotify Viral charts France,#1 iTunes Global charts Belgium, #1 iTunes Dance charts Belgium, #3 iTunes Global charts Portugal, #1 iTunes Dance charts Portugal & #20 iTunes Dance charts Italy.[4]


Tara McDonald, Audrey Hepburn and Paul Van Vliet at the 1st Danny Kaye Award, after winning the competition for England. (Maastricht, Holland)

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

McDonald was born in Dartford, to parents of Irish descent. At the age of 9, Tara performed in Les Miserables as Eponine at The Palace Theatre in the West End of London. Representing Great Britain, she won the Danny Kaye Award, presented by Audrey Hepburn, at the UNICEF International Song Contest for the song "Make Your Own Rainbow".[5]

McDonald became a child ambassador for UNICEF for a year, promoting and campaigning for the "rights of the child" throughout Europe and Africa. She also performed in the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Jude Law for the Edinburgh festival, and later won the juvenile lead part in a musical called St. Bernadette at the Dominion Theatre in London. McDonald was schooled at the Italia Conti stage school then later moved to the BRIT School.

McDonald worked as a backing dancer for Karen Ramirez for promotion of her single "Looking for Love" and appeared as a backing dancer for the Jungle Brothers single, "I'll House You". She also worked for the charity Combined Services Entertainment as a "forces sweetheart", providing entertainment for the UK armed forces around the world.

David Guetta and Tara McDonald performing "Delirious" live at Tour and Taxi in 2008 (Brussels, Belgium) Photo: Ludovic Thysebaert, 2008

She continued to write songs for other artists and work as a session singer for a range of different artists, tours and TV shows. She co-wrote D-Side's debut UK Top-5 single "Stronger Together" with Cliff Randall and Simon Britton. In 2003 McDonald performed on the Jagz Kooner remix of "Butterfly Caught" for Massive Attack.[6][7]

Strictly Come Dancing and collaborations (2005–2012)[edit]

From 2004-07, McDonald sang lead and backing vocals on BBC1's programme Strictly Come Dancing.[8]

In 2005, when McDonald was 18, she co-wrote and sang "Feel the Vibe ('Til the Morning Comes)" with Axwell, which became one of the biggest dance tracks of the year. It peaked at No. 1 on the UK Dance Singles Chart and No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart, and also charted in Finland, the Netherlands and France. Tara's next release was "My My My" with Armand Van Helden in 2006, which entered the UK commercial charts at No. 11. Both tracks became dance anthems and McDonald performed them on Pete Tong BBC1 dance show in Ibiza.[citation needed] In 2007 McDonald co-wrote two tracks on David Guetta's third studio album, Pop Life, the hit single "Delirious" and an album track entitled "You're Not Alone". Guetta later described her as a "tigress on stage"[9] and "the chic sexbomb of electro music."[10]

McDonald worked with Bryan Ferry on his Dylanesque album as a backing singer, arranging some of the vocal harmonies, and toured with him for a year.[11] In 2009 McDonald featured on and co-wrote the song "Revolution" by Vibers, (written as the anthem for the electronic music festival Liberty Parade). In 2010 McDonald collaborated on songs with several artists including: "I'm Your Goddess" with David Vendetta; "Elevated" with the Australian dance duo TV Rock; "Everything", "Funkerman", and "Beats for You" with Mischa Daniels; and "Set Me on Fire" with Sidney Samson.

McDonald performed with the "Leo Green experience" as a guest vocalist at jazz venues in the UK like Ronnie Scott's. She performed at a 2008 show for the charity Childline Rocks at O2 Indigo, London. In 2011 McDonald performed at the festival 24hrs of Burning House at Smederevo Fortress, Serbia.

McDonald won "Best Female Voice of 2010" in electronic music from OnlyForDj's magazine in a worldwide competition voted on by the public.[12][13][14][15] In 2012, McDonald presented three awards at the NRJ DJ awards in Monaco.[16][17]

In 2011 McDonald released "Dynamite" with Sidney Samson on Spinnin Records and the remix by Nicky Romero became one of the most-successful club tracks of that year with over 2 million views on YouTube. With David Guetta and Afrojack, McDonald released "Pandemonium" from the 2011 FMIF Ibiza mix album which reached No. 2 Switzerland, No. 3 France, and charted in Austria and Spain. She also co-wrote, sang and produced the vocals for "Tomorrow (Give in to the Night)", the anthem to Tomorrowland 2010 with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Dada Life, which was an international club hit and broke the Top 20 in Belgium.[18] Tara released the record Generation 24/7 though Hed Kandi Records on 12 December 2011.

Radio show and The Voice (2012–2013)[edit]

In 2012 McDonald started a weekly late-night radio show called Shut Up & Dance. She was the only non-GJ to have a show on FG Radio (France and Belgium).[19] In 2013 the show was renamed to I Like This Beat and was syndicated in 45 countries, Emirates Airlines, and as a free podcast on iTunes.[citation needed]

In 2012 McDonald was the assistant vocal coach on The Voice in Belgium, working alongside the French pop star Quentin Mosimann.[20]

In 2012 McDonald signed a two-album deal with Mercury/Universal,[21] soon after releasing the single "Give Me More".

McDonald performed "Give Me More" alongside Justin Bieber, Jennifer, 1789 and Merwan Wim at the NRJ Music Tour de Paris.[22][23][24][25][26][excessive citations] She performed a show at the Grand Palais in celebration of 20 years of FG radio in Paris.[27][28][29] McDonald performed "Give Me More" live at the 18th Salon du Chocolat at the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on 30 October 2012, wearing a dress made entirely of chocolate and arrived on stage in a chocolate space ship.[30][31] [32]

"Shooting Star", Zaho and Paris Olympia (2013)[edit]

McDonald released her second solo single, the duet "Shooting Star" featuring Zaho. It also appears on the 2013 re-release of Zaho's album Contagieuse. She performed the song with Zaho and a full live band at an electronic party called So Happy in Paris held at the Paris Olympia.

McDonald was the only non-Dutch artist to be asked to perform at Strijders Voor De Liefde Warriors For Love, a special televised concert to raise awareness for equal rights for LGBT citizens.

Ambassador of Paris Pride and "Vay-K" (2014)[edit]

McDonald was chosen to be the host, a.k.a. La Marraine (the sponsor), of LGBT Paris Pride. Her duties included a presentation for a press conference, delivering a speech to open the march in front of 500,000 people, performing on the main stage and delivering a speech to close the year's event. She performed an electric set at Ultra Music Festival in South Korea alongside M.I.A. and Far East Movement. McDonald's performance at the Exit Festival sister festival Sea Dance received positive reviews,[citation needed] performing on the main stage.

Her third single "Vay-K" was released in October 2014, and featured Snoop Dogg.

"A Place To Go" with Investo (2014)[edit]

"A Place To Go," the dance track of the rising and talented DJ / producer, Investo, with vocalist dance diva Tara McDonald, is already on the playlist of Greece's largest radio stations and has climbed so far to Top50 of the Official Greek Airplay Chart.[33] The track released by our country's top dance company, Down2Earth Records, was nailed directly to # 2 of the Greek iTunes Chart and is also on the Shazam Chart.[34]

The song has reached #2 on the Greek iTunes Chart and also has been in the Top50 on the Official Greek Airplay Chart.

"Happy Hour" (2015)[edit]

McDonald released "Happy Hour" on the compilation album TPMZ together with hit French TV show TPMP. The song was co-written by McDonald, producer Tefa, Trackstorm and Ben Adams from UK boy-band A1. The track was picked to be the album's lead single and released ahead of McDonald's solo single "Girls Just Wanna Funk".[35]

"I Need a Miracle", Europride anthem / Europride ambassador and "Love Me" (2016)[edit]

On 15 January 2016 McDonald released the single "I Need a Miracle" (a cover of the 1996 Coco Star song) through Mercury Universal Records in France and Bip Records in Belgium.[36] "I Need a Miracle" charted #18 Portugal, #47 France and #15 iTunes Global charts France, #5 iTunes Pop charts France,#6 Spotify Viral charts France,#1 iTunes Global charts Belgium, #1 iTunes Dance charts Belgium, #3 iTunes Global charts Portugal, #1 iTunes Dance charts Portugal & #20 iTunes Dance charts Italy.[37] This track is better known worldwide from the mashup "Toca's Miracle" by Fragma, which was a No. 1 hit in 14 countries in 2000.[36] McDonald believed the lyrics were significant at a time of war and religious friction and could help bring people together.[38][39][40][41] It was used as the official anthem of EuroPride 2016.[42][43] McDonald opened Europride at Dam Square in Amsterdam and performed the song at the Human Rights concert with a full orchestra.[44]

"I Need a Miracle" was also featured in the British film White Island starring Billy Zane and UK singer/rapper Example.[45][46]

McDonald collaborated with Spanish singer-songwriter Juan Magan on the single "Love Me", which she co-wrote with Mexican boy-band Urband 5.[47][48]

"Taxxxi" and new recording contract[edit]

In 2017, McDonald signed a new recording contract with Play Two/Warner Music France for an album deal. She released the first solo single, "Taxxxi" on 10 November 2017.[49][50] McDonald first performed Taxxxi live headlining Winter pride in Gran Canaria 2017 [51] Taxxxi charted in the UK & French club charts #7 UK upfront club charts #8 commercial pop charts #18 Cool cut charts UK and #5 buzz chart #13 club charts in France.[52][53]


Main article: Tara McDonald Discography


  • "Taxxxi" – Tara McDonald – Play Two – 2017
  • "Love Me" – Juan Magan featuring Urband5 and Tara McDonald – Universal Music Mexico – 2016
  • "I Need a Miracle" – Tara McDonald – Universal Music France – 2016
  • "Happy Hour" – Tara McDonald featuring Tefa and Trackstorm – Universal Music France – 2015
  • "Till The End" - Matt Nash featuring Tara McDonald Code Red Records - 2015
  • "A Place To Go" - DJ Investo featuring Tara McDonald - Down2Earth Music Group - 2014
  • "Vay-K" – Tara McDonald featuring Snoop Dogg – Universal Music France – 2014
  • "Shooting Star" – Tara McDonald featuring Zaho – Universal Music France – 2013
  • "Fix of You" – Tara McDonald – Universal Music France – 2013
  • "Give Me More" – Tara McDonald – Universal Music France – 2012
  • "Pandemonium" – David Guetta and Afrojack featuring Tara McDonald – EMI Records – 2011
  • "Generation 24/7" – Tara McDonald – Hed Kandi – 2011
  • "All Alone" – Quentin Mosimann and Tara McDonald – Universal Records – 2011
  • "Dynamite" – Sidney Samson vs Tara McDonald – Spinnin Records – 2011 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Set Me on Fire" – Sidney Samson vs Tara McDonald – Spinnin Records – 2011 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Tomorrow (Give into The Night)" – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dada Life and Tara McDonald – Smash The House – 2010
  • "Can't Stop Singing" – Mowgli and Tara McDonald – Data Records – 2010 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Beats For You" – Mischa Daniels and Tara McDonald – Armada Music – 2010 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Everything" – Funkerman and Tara McDonald – Flamingo Records – 2010 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "I'm Your Goddess" – David Vendetta vs Tara McDonald featuring Alim Gasimov – DJ Centre – 2010 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Elevated" – TV Rock and Tara McDonald – Neon Records – 2010 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "La La Land" – Joey Negro and Tara McDonald – Blanco Negro Records – 2010 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Shake It" – Lee Cabrera vs Thomas Gold and Tara McDonald – CR2 Records – 2009
  • "Revolution" – The Vibers and Tara McDonald – Roton – 2009 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Love Crazy" – Warren Clarke and Tara McDonald – Hed Kandi – 2008 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Delirious" (from the album Pop Life) – David Guetta featuring Tara McDonald – EMI – 2008 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "You're Not Alone" (from the album Pop Life) – David Guetta featuring Tara McDonald – EMI – 2008 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Play On" – Todd Terry Allstars featuring Tara McDonald – Strictly Rhythm Records – 2007 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Get Down" – Todd Terry Allstars featuring Tara McDonald – Strictly Rhythm Records – 2007 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "Take Me I'm Yours & Let Me In" (from the album Music Takes Me) – Stonebridge – Stoneboy Records – 2007 (co-written by Tara McDonald)
  • "My My My (Funktuary)" – Armand Van Helden featuring Tara McDonald – Southern Fried Records – 2006
  • "Feel The Vibe (Till The Morning Comes)" – Axwell featuring Tara McDonald – Data Records/Ministry of Sound – 2005 (co-written by Tara McDonald)


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album




"Give Me More" 2012 72 107 Non-album singles
"Shooting Star"
(Tara McDonald featuring Zaho)
2013 16 28
(Tara McDonald featuring Snoop Dogg)
2014 17
"I Need a Miracle" 2016 17 98 47 4
"Taxxxi" 2017 85
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As a featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album





"Feel the Vibe"
(Axwell featuring Tara McDonald)
2005 53 38 4 62 16 Non-album singles
"My My My"
(Armand Van Helden featuring Tara McDonald)
2006 12 14 12
(David Guetta featuring Tara McDonald)
2008 36 27 17 2 7 36 22 16 59 12 45 29 51 16 Pop Life
"I'm Your Goddess"
(David Vendetta vs. Tara McDonald featuring Alim)
2010 12 Non-album singles
"Tomorrow (Give in to the Night)"
(Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dada Life and Tara McDonald)
2010 31 16 48
"Beats for You"
(Mischa Daniels and Tara McDonald)
2010 35
(Jay Style featuring Cozi and Tara McDonald)
2016 122 107 40
(TV Rock featuring Tara McDonald)
2010 37 68 18
"Love Me"
(Juan Magan featuring Urband5, Tara McDonald)
2016 20 55
(David Guetta, Afrojack featuring Tara McDonald)
2011 17 3 39 2


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