Chicago Artists Workshop Presents: Tarrey Torae
Chicago bred, but southern at heart, Tarrey Torae’s melodic presence springs from the crossroads of city living, southern geniality, essential womanhood, and passionate soul. No amateur to music, Tarrey is a 6x Apollo Winner and has appeared on 2 GRAMMY Award Winning Albums for her work with Kanye West on The College Drop Out and John Legend’s, Get Lifted.
This musical powerhouse has performed on stages with The Roots, Common, Talib Kweli, Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder and has shared stages with the likes of Jill Scott, Mos Def, Nas, Usher, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Dave Chappelle, Lupe Fiasco, Cee Lo Green, Little Brother, El Debarge, Lyfe Jennings, Eric Roberson, India.Arie, Amel Larrieux, Erykah Badu, Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, Roy Ayers, Snoop Dogg, the late great Gil‐Scott Heron, Will.I.Am, and many more.
Along with her audacious voice, her songwriting skills have been featured on Platinum & Gold records with Kanye West, John Legend, & Freeway. She’s also been on records with Talib Kweli, DMX, J. Ivy, Pete Rock, and The Last Poets, and has been commissioned to do work in the advertisement world for brands such as All State, General Mills, Ford, and Toyota.
Beyond singing and writing, her acting background has extended to theater, film and television, where she landed the lead role on the Off‐Broadway play “Me and My Shadow.” She also appeared on an episode of the Emmy Award Winning Drama Series “ER,” and in an independent comedy called “Not Another Black Film” (Amazon 2017). Recently she has taken on a new role in the upcoming film “Hal King” and is playing the character named Madame Quickly, which is set to release in the summer of 2018.
Some of Torae’s other endeavors include the release of her album, The Sweetest Survivor, her House Music singles, Marching On, Let It Go, and most recently, Freedom Ride. Freedom Ride was produced by Grammy Nominated House Legend, DJ Terry Hunter. Tarrey is currently preparing for the release of her upcoming R&B Soul album, as she continues to tour with the Iconic Hip-Hop Legend Slick Rick the Ruler, and International Award-winning Poet, J. Ivy.
Further, Tarrey works in the community with children and young adults giving self‐esteem and creative workshops. An example of this can be seen in her music video titled, Little Girl. With Tarrey Torae’s talent and creative fervor, she is bound to leave a timeless mark on music and art.