Today’s song is “Dark Side” by Tanya Gallagher. Hailing from Pensacola, Florida this singer/songwriter is a fierce songstress who should be on your radar.
This first single off her upcoming EP entitled One Hand On My Heart out August 6th. The six track album tells the tale of heartbreak and how Gallagher got her groove back.
The main instruments featured on this album are acoustic guitars with an emphasis on heavy folk and pop sensibilities. The music also boasts of some quaint guitar chords and delicate keeys
You can hear the pain she is going through in her deep emotional lyrics. She has been likened to artists Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow, and Alanis Morissette.
If her music doesn’t get you you will be blown away by her smooth, smoky vocals that keep you wanting more.
Gallagher is not only a musical talent but also posses deep intellect in the sciences. By day, this once intern for NASA, practices cartography, turning geographic information into maps for Santa Rosa County, where she resides. By night she is making soulful music that elicits heartache and passion.
It was her academia work that led her to create music. While working on her Ph.D. in Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC she had been become heartbroken after a split with her longtime boyfriend.
Feeling the stress of academia too much to take music was her only outlet for relief. “Had it not been for music, I don’t think I would have made it through my Ph.D.,” says Gallagher. “There were so many times I wanted to quit.”
Instead, she found a healthy outlet in songwriting. Within a year, she had over 200 songs. “When it comes to songwriting, she’s just a machine,” says Cooper He ey (Maren Morris), who pla ys drums on the EP.
Tanya will be playing the Mile of Music Festival in Appleton Wisconsin running this weekend until Sunday, August 4th.