Tyra Jutai is a Toronto-based songwriter, performer, and producer. She's known for her dramatic, powerful and quirky visuals. Her live performances are over the top with an avant-garde alt-pop twist. She's been singing and playing instruments since she was 3. Teaching herself guitar at age 11, she learned her favourite songs and developed her singing voice, and started to experiment with writing her own music.
"NO PLAIN MUSIC"
In her teenage years, Tyra was influenced by the lyricism of folk songwriters (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Eric Andersen), the attitude of classic rock (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Velvet Underground) and the musicality of jazz musicians (Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, King Pleasure, Billie Holiday and Lester Young). Her music is intertwined with other forms of art, and is multi-faceted.
AS SEEN ON
She started performing in cafes and bars when she was 15 and slowly got into producing and recording her own songs over time. With her songs, Tyra was able to seize dive bars and small venues as a 16 year old girl, sometimes making grown men cry.
Through the constant challenges and barriers Tyra was able to manifest her art in her mind and heart.
The concepts that inspire her come from reflection on her path of self-growth, evolution and self-discovery. She uses music to better understand her experiences, and for others to better understand who she is, and so she can better understand them.