The Don Tate Combo
with vocalist, Nora White
Inspired to expand her repertoire, Tia started listening and learning the craft of singing jazz standard tunes of legendary vocalists like Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and Ella Fitzgerald. She sat in with local musicians to further her understanding and performance of jazz standards. Tia took vocal lessons from the legendary Michele Horsefield. During one of her lessons, Tia met guitarist, Stan Smith, who was looking for a vocalist which resulted in her singing with his band. Stan was extremely instrumental in broadening her jazz repertoire that enabled her to become a successful jazz vocalist in the Columbus area.
Tia’s first professional vocal performance was with Dark Star, a traveling R&B group based out of West Virginia. After touring with Dark Star for two years, she returned to Columbus to sing with Unity, a local, contemporary jazz group. Tia was the lead vocalist for Unity and performed in the Columbus area. Unity opened the concert that featured Pieces of a Dream and Phyllis Hyman at Central State University in 1986. In addition to performing with Unity, Tia assisted the band by creating and writing music for the group. Later, Tia also collaborated with internationally famed, jazz artist, Kim Pensyl.
Columbus Jazz Arts Group in Spain
Singing jazz standards, big band swing, or R & B---Tia Harris Roseboro is a versatile vocalist. Everyday her love and passion for music continues to grow. Tia enjoys singing many different genres of music along with writing her own songs. She has been in the music business entertaining all type of audiences.
Tia completed her first CD with 14 original songs that she wrote. The songs reflect the many different styles of music that have impacted her life. This CD exemplifies the love, passion, and versatility of music from Tia's heart and soul. CDs are on sale now (click on the CD tab at the top of the page).
Ranelle Inc. (Tia’s company) features The Ranelle Project which is comprised of musicians (i.e. freelance artists, The Hairston Trio, or NexLevel) to back her performances. In addition, she is one of the featured singers in The Rick Brunetto Big Band and she is the lead vocalist for Canta BRASIL (a Brazilian jazz band). Tia also performs with two different tribute bands that honor Ray Charles’ and Sly & the Family Stone’s music. Occasionally, she is a guest vocalist with Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra along with many other groups (i.e. Carl Sally & Friends, Richard Lopez, and John Leddingham Group).
Fly Away With Me
Touring with Columbus Jazz Arts Group
Stan Smith introduced Tia to Ray Eubanks, Director of the Columbus Jazz Arts Group (JAG), where she became one of the featured vocalists to perform with JAG’s 20-piece big band orchestra for many years. Tia was featured with Jag in several local festivals and events as well as some international performances in Spain and Denmark.
Tia has performed as an independent vocalist singing with several local musicians. In 2008, Tia joined the group Vocal Impact, a four-part harmony, vocal group. This musical group also presented vocal workshops for public schools in the Columbus area. Furthermore, her experiences including singing lead and backup vocals for recordings, commercials, corporate videos, concerts, and projects for events such as private and corporate parties, sports openings, and festivals.