From the Heart
SHE WRITES THE SONGS... Tania Shana Yegelwel, born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, has grown up on the stage. At 8 years old Taniamade her singing debut in her school's talent show and fell in love with performing. Over the next few years Tania participated in local musical theatre productions and studied dance, focusing on ballet and jazz. Her first composition, 'Can't Get My Feet to Move,' won the local John Lennon Songwriting Contest for high school students although she was only in middle school at the time. Interestingly enough, it wasn't until after she started taking private lessons from me that I remembered that I had been one of the judges who picked her winning lyrics. Tania reminds me of Carly Simon in her completeness as both a songwriter and singer. It's a rare artist who's great at both. Tania's writing ranges from classic country to pop. She loves painting pictures with lyrics, using music as her tapestry. When you listen to her songs you can't help daydreaming about Paris, or reflecting on the trials and tribulations of coming of age. Standouts from her diverse songwriting repertoire include 'Six Pointed Star,' a moving tribute honoring the memories of Holocaust victims, the classic country ballad, 'Mr. Right,' and 'Save Yourself' with it's powerful message. She also demonstrates her ability to add new energy to other writers' songs with her gospel-flavored cover of Bobbie Gentry's 'Ode to Billie Joe.' At 18, Tania is one of the newest musical voices of generation next. However, her music not only speaks to her peers, but to folks of all ages. What a joy it has been to collaborate with Tania and produce this CD! Deborah J. McDuffie.