Tune in for TARA ORAM

Posted: March 17, 2014

When we started up Sea and be Scene, back in 2010, one of the first East Coast folks we looked to feature was the lovely and talented Tara Oram. You'd be hard pressed to find a sweeter soul or more genuine person that the Gander, NL native, and in the years that have passed we have enjoyed showcasing her many and varied exciting projects - as often as we can.

Tara Oram with The Next Star judges and hostFast forward to 2014 and we're still so excited to hear what's she's got happening.  In addition to ramping up for another season of her hit YTV series THE NEXT STAR, she's got a cool new web series focusing on women in the Canadian Forces - so we thought now was a great time to check in with Ms.O and get the scoop on all that she's got on the go.  How wonderful too that we caught up to her at her family's home in Newfoundland.

What follows is our Q & A, as they say, with Tara Oram.

SABS: I know you've performed for the Canadian Forces before and hold a great a affinity for our troops - how did you get involved in this project?

Tara Oram: This project really had nothing to do with my involvement in performing for the troops, but more coincidentally, there was a film company looking to hire someone to do a web series and spend a few days in the life of a Canadian Forces Woman.  They didn't even know my background with the Canadian Military so, as you can imagine, I was head over heels when I got the call.

Canadian Forces Web Series stills

I have to say, it was very emotional during some parts of the filming.  Just sitting and talking to Lieutenant Michelle Baranowski, I could feel both her passion and commitment to not only the Canadian Forces, but to our Country. It was such a blessing to be able to spend that amount of time with her and also, to see even that small percentage of her life in the Forces.

SABS: We follow you on twitter and it's lovely to see you've moved back to the homeland for a while.

Tara Oram: I was lucky enough this year to spend my winter in Newfoundland, and now I'm thinking it may be a permanent move.  I always say "Your heart will always lead you home" and my heart has taken me  back to the place where it all started. I'm able to reconnect with my roots and most importantly, spend real quality time with my family.  I've missed that over the years of being on the road.  We spend a lot of time on the Skidoo and ice fishing and cooking at home.

Tara and her family

SABS: It's been awesome seeing you on TV with THE NEXT STAR - but on behalf of us fans everywhere - will we be hearing you on the radio anytime soon?

Tara Oram: Luckily for me, I've been able to do both music and television since the beginning of my career, but lately, I've grown more of a passion for television and I think the reason is that it gives me more of a stable life.  I don't have to be on the road as much, and with show (THE NEXT STAR), I'm able to give pointers and advice to kids that one day may want a career in the music industry.  It really is a dream job for me.  Music + Television + Kids = DREAM JOB!

The Next Star Judges

As far as new music, I'm always writing.  My fellow NEXT STAR judge, and music business man, Mark Spicoluk and I plan to do some writing during our cross Canada tour - s0 something great may come out of that writing time and if so - then we may have a project to release.

SABS: One thing we've come to know - in the awesome world of Oram there's never a dull moment - what else do you have cookin'... any scoop you can share?

Tara Oram: Hahaha I tend to think I have a lot of "dull" moments in my world, as people may be surprised to know that I LOOOOVE to be at home and doing things around the house.  To me, it's far from "dull", but some may think differently hahaa. I'm a wannabe housewife/homemaker and in my spare time, I'm always doing little decor projects, refinishing antiques, redecorating rooms, organizing & cooking.  I recently took up bird watching!!  I'm deeply in love with nature and I've become such an avid bird watcher.  It's such a relaxing and fulfilling pastime.

Tara's cupcakes, home decor, home cookin'

SABS: See what  mean? Never dull! In addition to all those passions - I know one cause you've always been passionate about is the ethical treatment of animals - most especially dogs.

Finding FidoTara Oram: I work with a charity/campaign called Finding Fido and its mission is to eventually shut down the puppy mill industry.  We try and promote adoption and let people know that buying dogs off of Kijiji or Craigslist, really isn't the answer and that buying dogs like that is a huge contributor to such a cruel and disgusting industry - most people have no idea that it even exists.  It was such a dream come true to be a part of such a wonderful and eye-opening campaign. You can find more details at www.findingfido.ca

SABS: Before I let you go... so many hopefuls will be trying out when THE NEXT STAR begins their national casting tour next month.  As you head into this 7th season of THE NEXT STAR - what's the one piece of advice you'd give to someone who's dreaming of being "The Next Star"?

Tara Oram ice fishingTara Oram: My one piece of advice is be 100% you. At such young ages, kids may not have a clue as to who they are as an artist, but just being confident with the person that you are - as confident as when you are with your friends & family is sometimes the best way to figure out what kind of artist you truly should or want to be.  I know it's cliché to say, but there is only one you and that person is truly unique and really special, so let that person shine, without doubt.

Be sure to follow Tara on twitter @TaraOram and

Like her on Facebook Tara Oram Music

For more information & to watch Tara's web series with the Canadian Forces click here

The Next StarSABS SAVE THE DATE

Regional auditions for THE NEXT STAR Season 7 begin on the East Coast - here in Halifax, April 26th.  That's the only Atlantic Canadian stop for the show.  For more info on auditions visit the official site www.nextstar.ytv.com

SABS Previous Posts Where We’re Talkin’ Tara…

TARA ORAM Premieres in The Next Star Season 5, TARA ORAM To Sit In Judgement on YTV's The Next Star, TARA ORAM #FFF Friday Favourite Four, CCMAs Include Awesome Atlantic CanadiansTara Oram’s REVIVAL Raising Money,Separated At Birth, Mother’s Day Salute 2011, POSTcard – A Break in the Action from Tara Oram,POSTcard – Tara at Home with a Friend,Tara Makes Tracks Towards Album #2,We Stand On Guard Concert – SABS Sights & Sounds,Tara Oram…No Place Like Home in Newfoundland & Labrador,Tara in 10 (aka INsights IN 10),Tara Oram – The Girl Next Door

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