Who is Tamica Herod?
Tamica has been a professional musician for 25+ years getting her official start with the Ruanne’s House Band and is now based in Muskoka after journeying through Ontario as a band leader, lead/backing vocalist and percussionist. Tamica writes and performs original music along with interpreting classic blues/rnb/funk/soul tunes to make them her own and aspires to translate a rootsy sound and to keepin’ the Blues alive. Tamica hosted “The Blues is My Business”, a weekly blues radio show on Hunter’s Bay Radio where she featured her influences- Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks, Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Bramlett to name a few as well as the wealth of talent in the Canadian Blues scene.
Tamica & the Boyz
Tamica’s main project “Tamica & the Boyz” entertains at various pubs, bars, house concerts and festivals in Ontario including repeat performances at the Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Festival (2015, 2016, 2017) and the Collingwood Jazz and Blues at the Station 2015 & the season opener in 2016.
The Boyz rhythm section is powered by veterans Carl Rabinowitz (bass/vocals) and Steve Chreptak (drums) (“Warm Up Band” rhythm section for Eugene Smith) with guitar phenom Dylan Burchell (Jordan John Band) on lead guitar and vocals. You can catch Dylan live with Jordan John’s weekly show “Sweet Soul Music” every Monday night at Toronto's premier live music venue, The Orbit Room.
Glenn Bladon, Josh Gordon, Sean Cotton, Dave Morrison, Adam Webster, Kevin Vienneau, Dave Breckels and Nick Leifl.
Tamica created and led the "Harbour Street Band" (2017) featuring Gerry Markman on guitar/vocals, Carl Rabinowitz on bass/vocals and Dave Breckels on the kit at the Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood. This weekly music series featured guest artists such as Chuck Jackson, Jerome Godboo, Mark Stafford, Jake Thomas and Cheryl Lescom with Tamica sharing the stage.
Tamica leads and performs in various duo and trio formations with artists including Jerome Godboo, Sean Cotton, Grant Slater, David Morrison, Gina Horswood, Carl Rabinowitz and Dani Strong.
Tamica Herod Duo with Sean Cotton, Wasaga Blues Crawl 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4hwX4dtFMw
-Backing vocals on Dani Strong’s recent release “Undefined” 2020
-Guest spots with James Anthony(Oakville) and Brant Parker (Niagara) 2020
-Opening act for Crowbar at Etwell Concert Series September 2019
-Main Stage Guest Wasaga Blues Festival September 2019
-Opening act for Steve Strongman at Etwell Concert Series, 2018
-Orangeville Jazz and Blues Festival 2018
- Featured guest artist at Chuck Jackson & Tyler Yarema’s Live Recording at the Gayety Theatre with Virgil Scott, 2017
-Muskoka Blues Connection Untapped, 2017 & 2018 with Tobin Spring
-Opening act for Angel Forrest at the Etwell Concert Series, 2017
-Peak to Shore Music Festival with Jerome Godboo
-Southside Shuffle “In the Clubs” at the Brogue Inn, 2017
-Wasaga Beach Blues Festival Mainstage with Tamica & the Boyz, 2017
-Wasaga Blues Festival Pub Crawl duo with Sean Cotton, 2016 & 2017
-Wasaga Blues Festival 2015, 2016, 2017, the Beacon Restaurant
-Guest artist with the Freakin’ Band at the Beacon, Wasaga Beach
-Band leader for Collingwood Jazz and Blues at the Station All Star Band with Jerome Tucker, 2016
-Feature guest spots at the Blues at the Mews with Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project
-Women's Blues Review with Lisa Hutchinson and Cheryl Lescom at Etwell Concert Series, 2016
-Gina Horswood’s CD Release 2016, Dakota Tavern
-Dani Strong CD Release, 2016, Mavericks Concert Hall
-Various Hunters Bay Radio productions
-Eaglewood Folk Festival, Sean Cotton’s Doghouse, 2014
-Muskoka Sound Festival with Sean Cotton’s Doghouse
-The Griffin Sessions
-Northern Blues Review in Muskoka
-Canal Banks Shuffle, Thorold
-Niagara Grape and Wine Festival
-Niagara Blues in the Park Sessions
-Guest artist with Steve Goldberger and the Fringe Locals, Niagara on the Lake
Tamica backs seasoned and emerging artists live and in studio with vocals and percussion.
Sample backing vocal work:
Gina Horswood: Porcelain, 2016 http://ginahorswood.com/listen/
Dani Strong: Undefined, 2020; Time to Breathe, 2016 Dirt Road Fortune. http://danistrong.ca/video/dirt-road-fortune-live-at-the-phoenix-concert-theater/
Steve Goldberger: Clueless. http://www.stevegoldberger.com/clueless.html
Jon Warren: Whiskey Man. https://open.spotify.com/album/7vncj2SOViHynNJ2uW10tI
For videos, upcoming performances and booking information, visit tamicaherod@tamicaherodmusic (Facebook)