Tia McGraff-Canada’s Americana Roots Sweetheart Releases New Album Diversity

Tia McGraff

By Bill Delingat

Tia McGraff - Canada’s “soul stirring,” A/C Americana roots sweetheart - is making her way back into the spotlight with her latest album, Diversity,released on August 24 through her very own Bandana Records. Produced by Tommy Parham (Come Early Morning-Ashley Judd, Rocks You Can't Move-Lee Greenwood), Diversity is McGraff’s fifth studio album, and the follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed Day In My Shoes, nominated for Best Alt Country Recording of the Year at the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards. McGraff explains the new release’s title as a representation of her abilities; “My musical style has always been a potpourri of lyrical and musical influences, and the songs on this album represent my range.”

Writing and recording since the age of 19, Tia McGraff’s uplifting, heart-warming songs have been garnering her strong fan acclaim from her beginnings in the industry. As one devoted fan once passionately declared, "Tia’s music makes your heart rest!" The Port Dover, ON native released two albums on Bandana Records, and four music videos, which were showcased on Country Music Television (CMT), before deciding to make the move to Nashville, TN.

Soon after her arrival in Nashville, McGraff met songwriter/producer Tommy Parham, who became her partner in life and on stage. The duo quickly became a musical force to be reckoned with, as McGraff and Parham became a pairing which reached out to the world with their love for each other and for their music. With time, they’ve not only found touring success, but also commercial success.

Their songs have been placed in a variety of movies and television spots, most notably, All Of Us (Tia McGraff/Tommy Parham/Henry Priestman) was placed in an Australian TV commercial promoting multi-culturalism and featured in a video on World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia.
To achieve her goal of diversity, McGraff devoted a lot of time to carefully selecting the songs that made the cut and the musicians who recorded them. In bringing a unique quality to every track, McGraff picked musicians from Los Angeles to Toronto, and when it came time to mix, she brought in past studio mates from Nashville, Seattle, and “yes, even Port Dover, Ontario,” laughs McGraff. So what can one expect from Diversity? “I have reached deep inside my soul on this album and stepped out of my comfort zone. The lyrics speak of my political point of view, hurt and disappointment, healing, intimacy, and ... not really giving a damn what anyone thinks of me. I've found my voice and am free to be me,” says McGraff.