Tara Oram

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Tara Oram
Performing at the 2010 Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Background information
Birth name Tara Oram
Born (1984-04-28) April 28, 1984 (age 32)
Origin Hare Bay, NL
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Open Road

Tara Oram (born April 28, 1984) is a Canadian country music recording artist and a top six finalist on the fifth season of Canadian Idol in 2007. In March 2009 Oram received an ECMA for Country Recording of the Year Award.

Early life[edit]

Oram was born in Hare Bay, Newfoundland but moved frequently during her early years. Oram first moved to the Malton area of Mississauga, Ontario when she was 10 years old, and later to Brampton, where she attended Bramalea Secondary School.

Mid Life[edit]

Oram was married October 18th 2014 to Stephen Simms, a local hockey legend from Deer Lake, Newfoundland, at the age of 30. The couple were the focal point of a magical wedding that was shared with a select few family and friends. Oram and Simms enjoyed married life for a brief time, whereby Simms retired from Sr hockey. Before long, the couple ultimately split up after 9 months due to unforeseen circumstances. Oram and Simms sold their family home and permanently separated once the sale was final. Since this time, Simms came out of Sr. hockey retirement and now owns his own personal Distribution company. Oram now resides back in Ontario continuing her singing career and enjoying the single life.


Aged 16 Oram was signed to indie label Wellcraft Music Group and released her first country music single called, "More Than I Dreamed" which was her first top 50 hit. She later toured with a local agency called Performerz, which allowed her to sing in theatres, malls and festivals throughout Ontario. When 19 Oram joined her first real band, Big Catch. The band played the bar/club circuit and corporate events around Ontario for the better part of four years, performing a mix of country, top 40, rock, R'n B and retro. In 2007, Oram auditioned for the hit show Canadian Idol, earning a 6th-place finish on the hit reality show.[1] The next year, Oram signed her first major record deal with Open Road/Universal Music Canada and also appeared on reality TV series called, "The Tara Diaries" on CMT.[2] CMT filmed a Christmas special she hosted, "The Night Before Christmas".[3] In October 2008, Oram's first show as a signed artist was opening for her Idol, Marty Stuart in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In 2009, CMT and YTV Oram appeared a celebrity judge on the TV series, "Karaoke Star Junior".[4]

On July 10, 2010, Oram was the opening act for Taylor Swift and performed at the second annual Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, singing to a crowd of more than 35,000 people.[5]

Oram became a judge on YTV's Canadian reality TV show, The Next Star since Season 5, which premiered July 18, 2012.


Oram received nominations for the 2009 East Coast Music Awards in the categories Female Solo Recording of the Year and Video of the Year, and won in the Country Recording of the Year award.[6] She also received a CRMA (Canadian Radio Music Award) nomination as Best New Group/Solo Artist. On February 2, 2009 Oram was nominated for a Juno Award in the Country Recording of the Year category. Oram won the 2009 CCMA Rising Star award. She was also nominated for Rising Star, Female Artist of the Year and Video of the Year.[7]



Title Details
Chasing the Sun
  • Release date: July 19, 2011
  • Label: Open Road Recordings


Year Single Peak positions Album
2008 "Fly Girl" 77 Chasing the Sun
"538 Stars" 98
2009 "Go to Bed Angry"
"Living the Dream"
2011 "1929" Revival
"Kiss Me When I Fall"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Fly Girl" Stephen Scott
"538 Stars"
2009 "Go to Bed Angry" Warren P. Sonoda
2011 "1929" Margaret Malandruccolo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2009 Juno Awards of 2009 Country Recording of the YearChasing the Sun Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Nominated
Rising Star Won
CMT Video of the Year – "Go to Bed Angry" Nominated
2011 Female Artist of the Year Nominated
2012 Female Artist of the Year Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lindsey Ward (August 14, 2007). "Oram booted from 'Canadian Idol'". Canoe. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Shows : The Tara Diaries". CMT. 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Newfoundland Native Tara Oram Holds Benefit For Communities Affected by Hurricane Igor". Open Road Recordings. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tara Oram Loves Canada's Karaoke Kids". cmt.ca. January 31, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Living/Commuting/2010-07-07/article-1522252/Fans-line-up-for-world-class-talent-in-Cavendish/1
  6. ^ "Hey Rosetta! triumphant at East Coast Music Awards". CBC. March 1, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ "CMT Congratulates The 2009 Canadian Country Music Awards Nomenees". channelcanada.com. July 29, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 

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