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.
As the youngest member of her church choir, 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 and singing with 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 Prestige who often performed at Marla’s Memory Lane owned by Actress Marla Gibbs in Los Angeles.
“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. Her root of course is Gospel, but she loves all kinds of music, R&B, Blues, Rock, Jazz and Classical”. She is focused on R&B/Neo-Soul music, but does not want to be in a box and feels capable of blending in many genres. Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Lauren Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Chaka Kahn and Fantasia are just some of her favorites.
Tarsha has performed at some of the top clubs in Hollywood including the Whiskey a go-go and the House of Blues where she was a regular in the Martini Jazz Show. A new member to Stevie Wonder owned KJLH FM-102.3’s performance choir, Tarsha Rodgers is no stranger to the music industry. She has opened for three-time GRAMMY nominee El Debarge and GRAMMY Award-winning R&B/ Soul singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele at the Key Club and has performed with Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Kelly Price at the Savoy for the “For the Love of R&B” show. Tarsha also performed a moving rendition of the National Anthem at the Bill Picket Rodeo as well as a LA Chargers football game. Her song Lovers Paradise was nominated for a Hollywood Music and Media Award for best RnB song. She also sang background for Stevie Wonder in his “Songs in the Key of Life” Benefit Concert. She was a back to back 2 year National Anthem Performer of the Los Angeles Chargers Crucial Catch Game at the request of the owner and she has performed her song Still I Rise for the Sparks Half-time game.
Tarsha likes to act and she had a small role in the stage play, “Love in a Day where she also sang an original song she wrote entitled “Love”. She released her debut album, “Still I Rise” in 2014. She wrote all of the songs on the album and the title song is reflective of her battle with Breast Cancer; a battle she is winning.
Tarsha also produces and performs in her annual Sold Out “A night of RnB-Save the tatas” that honors fellow Breast Cancer Survivors as well as good R&B music. She is the CEO of Still I Rise From Cancer, Inc., which helps Cancer patients save their hair. Tarsha Produces and is the host of LA Talk Radio’s “The Still I Rise Tee Party” show. 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.