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From 2002-2008 Tara Lyn developed and ran a performing arts school in Cobourg, Ontario called "Tadpole Music Academy". Her school grew to just under 80 students before she had to leave the school behind.

In 2008, her husband began studies in St. Catharines at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, which meant the entire family had to move. Hart continued to perform at smaller engagements and various charitable fundraisers, but during the summer of 2010 was asked if she would consider going back into the studio and recording a Christmas album as a Seminary fundraising activity. Since she has always wanted to do a Christmas album, she was very excited and has been working with producer, Pete Lesperance and fellow collaborator David Quilico on the six song EP which is scheduled for release on November 30th, 2010. When asked what the experience has been like so far, Tara responds with, "Christmas is my favourite time of year, and I was so inspired to write music for this project that I started in July! Just when I thought there couldn't possibly be anything else to say about Christmas I was blessed with ideas that were fresh and familiar all at the same time. I am excited to share my music, and I hope these songs will be playing in the background during people's most wonderful holiday experiences this year!"

Older Information 1996-2004: Tara Lyn Hart has been singing since she was 5 years old. By the time she started junior high school, she was playing 80 dates a year, performing anywhere she could. When she turned 17, Hart entered and won a contest through which she was able to record two demos to be distributed to Canadian country radio. Hart worked with Danny Schur, who was Chantal Kreviazuk's manager at the time. Schur passed her recordings to Sony Music Canada's Mike Roth, which led to a recording contract with Epic Records shortly after her 18th birthday and two weeks before her wedding. In 1998, Hart was named Billboard magazine's Most Likely to Succeed.

Hart's self-titled debut album was released on October 5, 1999. The lead single, "Stuff That Matters," soared up the Canadian country singles chart, eventually peaking at an impressive #6. At the 2000 Juno Awards, Hart was nominated for Best Country Female Artist, and the all-genre Best New Solo Artist. In April 2000, she was invited to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Hart won three awards at the 2000 Manitoba Association of Country Arts Awards - Female Vocalist, and both Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Stuff That Matters." On June 9, 2000, Hart won two awards at RPM's Big Country Awards - Outstanding New Female Artist and Canadian Country Video of the Year for "Stuff That Matters." When the nominations were announced for the 2000 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, Hart had six nominations, the most for any artist. She won the FACTOR Rising Star Award at the September 11, 2000 ceremony. She picked up two more nominations at the 2000 Prairie Music Awards - Outstanding Country Recording and Outstanding Album by a Major Label. At the 2001 Juno Awards, Hart was again nominated for Best Country Female Artist. She also picked up a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2001 CCMA Awards, competing against Lisa Brokop, Terri Clark, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Michelle Wright. Meanwhile, her album continued to spawn successful singles such as "Save Me," "I Will Be Loving You" and "What He Used To Do." Hart capped off 2001 with a SOCAN award for "Save Me," a song she co-wrote with Hal Draper and David Quilico.

Hart began work on her second album in June 2003. The first single, "Happiness," was released in September. Before the album was complete, Hart decided to walk away from her music career to spend more time with her husband and stay home with their three children. She began work on a musical comedy, "Miss Kitty's Holiday Extravaganza," which ran from October to December 2004.

Year

Album details

CAN Country

1999

Tara Lyn Hart

Released: October 5, 1999

Label:Epic Records

30

Year

Single

Peak Chart Positions

Album

CAN Country

CAN AC

US Country

1999

"Stuff That Matters"

6

67

Tara Lyn Hart

2000

"Mine All Mine"

"Save Me"

6

"Don't Ever Let Me Go"

65

Single Only

"That's When You Came Along"

35

68

Tara Lyn Hart

"I Will Be Loving You"

14

"What He Used to Do"

*

2001

"You Can Get There From Here"

*

2003

"Happiness"

*

Single Only

"—" denotes the single failed to chart or not released