Taura Stinson

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Taura Stinson
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Stinson interviewed in 2018
Occupation(s)Songwriter, musician, author, producer

Taura Stinson is an American songwriter, producer, musician,[1] composer and author.[2] Stinson has co-written songs for artists including Deborah Cox, Cynthia Erivo, Kelly Rowland, Destiny's Child, Kelis and Jennifer Hudson. She has also written songs for films such as Step, Mudbound and Black Nativity and for TV programs including Underground, Twin Peaks and Insecure.

Together with Laura Karpman and Raphael Saadiq she has won Critics' Choice Movie Awards and Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Stinson has written and self-published two books, 100 Things Every Black Girl Should Know and 100 Ways to Love Yourself Inside and Out.

Life and career[edit]

Taura Stinson was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Oakland, California.[1]

In the early 1990s, she co-founded an R&B trio called Emage with Kimbrely Evans and Mykah Montgomery. The trio signed a deal with One Love/Mercury Records and released one album, Soul Deep.[3][1][4]


Stinson has written various songs with long time co-writer, Rapheal Saadiq,[5] including the Grammy Award nominated songs "Good Man" (2012)[6] by Saadiq,[7] and "Show me the Way" (2005)[6]) by Earth, Wind & Fire.[8]

She has also written for artists including:[1]


Taura has written songs for various films including:


Stinson has also written songs for television, such as

Vocalist and arranger[edit]

Stinson has worked (recorded, arranged songs) for artists, including

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Co-Recipients Result Ref
90th Academy Awards Best Original Song Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq Nominated [30]
18th Black Reel Awards Best Original or Adapted Song Won [31]
75th Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song Nominated [32]
2017 Georgia Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Song Nominated [33]
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Best Song/Recording Created for a Film Nominated [34]
2017 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Original Song — Documentary Raphael Saadiq & Laura Karpman Won [35][17]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2017 Best Song in a Documentary Raphael Saadiq & Laura Karpman Won [36]
Soul Train Music Award for The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award Record of the Year, 2011 Raphael Saadiq Nominated [37]


  • 100 Things Every Black Girl Should Know (2016)[2][38]
  • 100 Ways to Love Yourself Inside and Out (2020)[39]

Other names[edit]

Stinson has worked under a variety of names, including Taura "Aura" Jackson, Stinson, Stinson-Jackson, T. Stinson, T. Stinson-Jackson, T. S. Jackson, Tara Stinson, Taura Latrice Stinson, Taura Stinson Jackson and Taura Stinson-Jackson.[40]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Songwriter Profile: Taura Stinson (Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland)". Music Connection Magazine. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  2. ^ a b "100 Things Every Black Girl Should Know". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  3. ^ "Emage – Soul Deep". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  4. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1994-06-25). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. {{cite book}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ "Shazam". Shazam. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  6. ^ a b "Raphael Saadiq, Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  7. ^ "Good Man". Genius.com. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  8. ^ "Show Me the Way Lyrics". Jiosaavn.com. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  9. ^ "Cynthia Erivo". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  10. ^ "Gangsta Lean Lyrics". www.lyrics.com. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  11. ^ Jennifer Hudson – Test of faith, retrieved 2020-06-17
  12. ^ "Beyond the Lights (2014) Soundtracks". IMDB. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  13. ^ "Killing Time, Destiny's Child". Genius.com. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  14. ^ "Hollywood Is Suddenly Serious. That's Exactly What America Needs Right Now". Time. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  15. ^ "Taura Stinson Filmography". IMDB. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  16. ^ "Only Knew-歌詞-The Sitter (Motion Picture Soundtrack)". MyMusic 懂你想聽的. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  17. ^ a b "Original Song — Documentary - Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  18. ^ a b "Music by Taura Stinson". Tunefind. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  19. ^ "The official Marvel's Cloak & Dagger Season 1 music guide". 25 September 2018. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  20. ^ ""Come Sail Away" with me tonight on Cloak & Dagger!". Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  21. ^ "Taura Stinson | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  22. ^ "What Is The "We Are Beautiful Creatures" Song From The Closing Ceremony? It Was Cheerful". Romper. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  23. ^ Lutz, Tom (22 August 2016). "Rio 2016 Olympics closing ceremony: Super Mario and samba – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  24. ^ "You May Now Kill the Bride (2016 TV Movie)Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  25. ^ Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj: Bang Bang (Video 2014) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-06-17
  26. ^ "Various - Sing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  27. ^ Tori Kelly (Ft. Daye Jack) – Expensive, retrieved 2020-06-17
  28. ^ Beaugez, Jim (2019-02-12). "How Ryan Bingham's Album 'American Love Song' Addresses Border Politics". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  29. ^ "En Vogue on New Album 'Electric Cafe': 'We Finally Got the Right Deal'". Billboard. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  30. ^ "Oscar nominations 2018: The complete list of nominees for the 90th Academy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  31. ^ "Get Out Dominates the Black Reel Awards". Black Reel Awards. 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  32. ^ "Mudbound". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  33. ^ "2017 Awards". Georgia Film Critics Association. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  34. ^ "Sufjan Stevens, 'Greatest Showman,' 'Girls' Among Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Nominees". Variety. January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  35. ^ "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  36. ^ "2017 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards – Winners | Critics' Choice Awards". Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  37. ^ "Joseph, Justin (2011-11-27). "Soul Train Award 2011 Winners"". Centric. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  38. ^ "Taura Stinson Released An Incredible Book For All Black Queens Around The World". Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  39. ^ "100 Ways to Love Yourself". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  40. ^ "Taura Stinson". Discogs. Retrieved 2020-06-16.

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