Tarsha Rodgers, a native Angelino has always had a love and appreciation for music which began at an early age. Her first solo was Lift Every Voice and Sing at Mary Clay Nursery school at the age of 4. Her Grandmother, an accomplished musician taught her to play the piano and organ. Although Tarsha had a gift of listening to music and playing it, she never had much interest in instruments. Her great grandfather was the founder and Pastor of Lovely Hope Baptist Church, where she would often sing as a little girl. Tarsha was also a member of The Quincy Fielding Choral Ensemble and a local Baptist church in Los Angeles, where at the age of 12, she was the youngest member of the choir. In church, she led many solo’s and directed choirs learning from the best, her Godmother, the late gospel pioneer, Cora Martin of the Sally Martin singers. Tarsha currently sings with the gospel group, The Los Angeles Gospel Messengers which was founded by the Late King of Gospel, James Cleveland.
Outside of church, in school, Tarsha was in many plays and productions such as Grease, Westside Story and Tom Sawyer. At the age of 19 she was the lead singer of an R&B group called Prestige who often performed at Marla’s Memory Lane.
“Music is my life line, without it I can’t breathe,” sums up the passion that this up and coming artist displays in her vocals. Her sultry sound she credits to many influences. “ My roots of course is Gospel, but I love all kinds of music, R&B, Blues, Rock, Jazz and Classical”. Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Lauren Hill, Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia are just some of her favorites.
Tarsha has performed at some of the top clubs in Hollywood including the Whiskey a gogo and the House of Blues where she is a regular in the Martini Jazz Show.
Her recent accomplishments have been a small role in the production of the stage play, “Love in a day where she also sang an original song she wrote entitled “Love” for the intermission. She has recorded two more hit singles, Lovers Paradise, which she wrote and I’m So Flyy, which she co-wrote and is working on her debut album. Her drive, professionalism, talent and ambition will open many doors for her in the future and she is prepared to go all the way and be amongst the stars.