A fresh and original blend of energy and inspiration…an effervescent personality combined with abundant talent, refreshing music and an eternal message. With Táta Vega, what you hear is what you get–and what you get is an artist whose music mirrors her spirit…and vice versa.
Táta is a rare and exceptional artist who has had the opportunity to cross nearly every musical boundary while all the while remaining true to who she is. Growing up in the Panama Canal Zone, she was surrounded by the sounds of Latin, Panamanian and Calypso music while developing a vast appreciation for the sounds of Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Gospel, Rock, Folk, Country and just about any other music.
By the age of sixteen, it was apparent that Táta was destined for a career in the music industry. She moved to California and made her way into the musical Hair. While in Hair, she met Dobie Gray (known for his international smash “Drift Away”) who invited her to become a part of a counter-culture band called Pollution. She went on to record albums as a solo artist and in a series of groups associated with Motown. Following her tenure there, she became the cornerstone of Andraé Crouch’s backup group and as a featured vocalist began touring with him internationally, earning a Grammy Nomination for the song “Oh It is Jesus.” Throughout the eighties, nineties, to the present, she’s backed-up Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, and countless others.
Perhaps the pinnacle of the eighties for Táta was being the voice of the infamous Shug Avery in motion picture, The Color Purple. This recording led to an Oscar nomination and performance, followed by other motion picture soundtracks including The Lion King, “The Circle Of Life” for Spanish speaking countries, Amistad, Forrest Gump and others.
Táta signed with Quincy Jones’ Qwest Records in 1998 and released her long-awaited Gospel solo debut, “Now I See.” The album was birthed from her life experiences and testifies of the salvation, mercy and devotion of God. The album was also critically acclaimed and earned a Stellar Award nomination. Andrea met Tata When she was working at Warner Bros. records and a few years later asked her to sing on Beautiful Jesus. Tata’s mother helped translate the title song into Spanish. At the time, and since, Tata has often sung with acclaimed worship leader Tommy Walker and had a featured spot on Andraé Crouch’s recent release The Journey.
In October of 2009 Táta released her 9th Studio album “This Joy” with Music Producer Alan Abrahams.”This Joy” delivers heart-wrenching vocals not created by studio tricks, but by the spontaneous spirit of an artist souled-out for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Táta’s long awaited dream was fullfilled in Janruary 2013 when she along with Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill premiered Twenty Feet From Stardom. A film that explores the lives of the women behind the Headliners. The known unknowns;The Background Singers or Backing Vocalists, often referred to by Táta as the “Frame for the Painting.”
Today,Táta while touring with Elton John, maintains a simplicity and sweetness that has endeared her to millions of people around the world. Those who love her artistry, are a worldwide community, from the United States to Sweden, Spain to Japan. No matter the cultural surrounding, Táta carries an indescribable something that everyone can relate to. Her heart’s desire is to reach as many people as possible–by any means necessary with God’s message of love and hope.