|Photo Credit - Nuri Flowers|
Local Independent Musical Artist, Tamara Edwards
Contributing Writer: Nuri Flowers
"As the years of hard work, dedication and faith-building have come into play, this is a true testimony to the humble beginnings of a faithful Michigan native who leaves all her faith in an Almighty God and allows ministry of the Lord to flow through her music."
Tamra Edwards, 24, has set her sights on allowing her passion for fashion design and ministry for gospel music come forth through her showcasing of her future business. She is a soldier of the Lord whom can definitely tell anyone what God has done for her life thus far.
From there, Edwards attended Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti from her sophomore year in high school in 2005 to the spring 2007, where she graduated. Edwards stated briefly in an interview held Thursday, January 2 that while attending Lincoln High School, she has been active member of the School Choir all three years, under the direction of director Mrs. Karen Nevins.
‘ While attending Lincoln I was involved in Women’s Ensemble, Concert Choir and the Honors choir known as Split Dimensions. I have only competed once in Split Dimensions, and that year our choir made it to the semi-finals of the competition, but not any further.’
‘I arrived to Central State actually because the university’s former choir director, Mr. William Caldwell, had discovered me through an audition tape I had sent when I was applying to different schools. The director wanted to offer me a scholarship to attend Central State and perform for the school choir. '
During this transition, she has also directed for two years as leader for Interfaith Campus Ministries Praise Team, and was the president of a community service group known as the Make It Happen Committee.’
After quitting her position with Anne Taylor due to the high volume of work and stress that came with the job, Edwards moved back to Ypsilanti and landed a part time position as a Sales Lead at Lands’ End, a clothing retail store located at the Briarwood mall in downtown Ann Arbor, where she works currently still.
Beginning in October 2013, Edwards had decided to start working on using the crafts and modeling skills she has built to create her own fashion line of Women’s clothing and high-end jewelry (brand name TBA).
‘ I don’t want my fashion to exploit the beauty of women and be about their hips and thighs; I want to showcase of radiance and natural beauty of a woman who loves her body and her looks, but does not require showing off skin to prove it; God made us all beautiful inside and out, so we as His children should work with what we are blessed with’ states Edwards.
Ever since her second year of undergrad, Tamra has started writing her own original songs and poems to demonstrate her love for God and Jesus through her music. Five years three years later down the roads, Edwards has written a total of over 40 songs and all original arrangements.
Amongst her compositions includes the titles All Things Work Together and We Are Different People.
During these next years of designing clothes, writing and composing music, Edwards’ life long dream to make both passions become a fashion line, with music to showcase her fashion at the same time.
‘Ever since college I always had this vision in my head that I wanted to create a new style of fashion; which was expressed more through song than with posing,' Edwards said.‘ I wanted to create a fashion show where I’m wearing my clothing I designed, and I’m singing one of my original songs all at the same time. I have never seen it done before and I would love to introduce a unique flavor of both music and fashion combined together.’
If you wish to connect with Tamra Edwards via social network, or would like to book her for any venues to perform for events, church services, etc., you can contact her at twitter.com/tampam0, or follow her on her Facebook page at facebook.com/tamraedwards.
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