Thompson is as tough and gritty as the Great Smoky Mountains she came from. Raised in the foothills of East Tennessee, Tara started singing when she was just a baby. She was raised on Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, and you can still hear those influences in her music to this date. Surrounded by the familiar sights and sounds of small-town life, bars, mobile homes, horses and the mountains, Thompson music inspired by real life first hand stories.
Thompson the cousin of country legend Loretta Lynn, left home as a teenager and moved to Nashville, shortly thereafter, she became a regular performer at many popular honky-tonks throughout Nashville. Most notably the historical Tootsies on Broadway. “I wrote my first song when I was 16, but I didn’t take songwriting seriously until the age of 21. I was spending most of my time on Lower Broadway Nashville, singing other people’s songs in the bars for tips.” It was there that she was discovered. Her hard work and dedication landed her a record deal with Big Machine Label Group’s Valory Music Imprint. Thompson was able to have her first radio tour, open for major country artists and record a lot of music, but similar to many talented artists, she was let go from her record deal unexpectedly and without cause.
“I have been through it. I’ve learned so much through the process and I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I’ve had a taste of what it feels like to live in "that moment" and be surrounded by people I listened to as a little girl going up. I’ve also had the feeling of having my whole world (everything I’ve worked so hard for) be taken away from me and for a reason that was beyond my control.”
Never one to back down or give up, she knew she would just do it on her own then! “I had something to prove, that I belong in country music and no one can take that away from me.” Her forthcoming debut album, Circus, is a reflection of her years navigating the music industry in Nashville. All of the ups and downs, heartache, and in true Thompson fashion a bit of humor. She is currently in the studio with longtime friend and colleague, James Cook, putting the final touches on her debut full length album to be released later this year. The first single “My Dogs Are Home” is a homage to a girl’s best friend: her dogs, and of course a lot of wine. The autobiographical and humorous collection of songs showcase a singer and storyteller, who's ready to carry on her family's country legacy with one foot rooted in traditional Country music and the other pointing in a new, bold direction. “I want to change the world, so I might as well do that with the lyrics God gave me and the talent to tell stories and hopefully also make people laugh a little.” Part destiny, part bloodline. Thompson did not choose this music career. It chose her.