Carson Taare

Carson Taare at only 17-years-old is a sensational singer-songwriter with his star on the rise.

His remarkable natural talent includes his own original music and versatility to sing a full spectrum of genres, from Country, Pop, Classical, Choral, Jazz Standards and Rock n Roll to Swing - a truly exciting mix of musical skill from someone so young.

An accomplished and multi-talented vocalist, pianist and guitarist – his first love is country music in the style of Elvis.

Born and raised in Palmerston North, while a student at Palmerston North Boys High School, Carson was the only Kiwi performer invited to the legendary annual Country Music Association (CMA) Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, during June 2019.\

Carson had the time of his life and garnered attention from established musicians, talent scouts, agents and international media.

On the Spotlight Stage Carson had the great honour of collaborating with Sonny Curtis, a Rock n Roll Hall of Famer and former member of Buddy Holly’s band The Crickets. Sonny said, “it was a real treat to play on stage with Carson. I am very impressed, it’s nice to see someone so young and talented who has his head on straight”.
In the latest edition of UK’s leading country music magazine Maverick, their review of the entire festival opened with “Our CMA Fest experience kicked off on the Spotlight Stage, as New Zealand upcomer Carson Taare made the most out of his 15-minute set. The most striking part of his set was his final song, which he sang in Maori for what was a beautiful rendition”.

Renowned New Zealand entertainer and mentor, Gray Bartlett, accompanied Carson to Nashville. “The feedback was remarkable, Carson has a magical personal style of singing, and extraordinary guitar and piano playing ability. All agents in the USA have been attracted to his unique ability to win over audiences, with his youthful honesty and freshness – and just being CARSON!”

Carson is already an accomplished and versatile soloist, singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist began building his solo career in 2011 at the age of 8, when he got his first taste by busking Elvis tunes appreciative audiences. Influenced by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Harry Chapin, Carson's musical tastes and inspirations have shaped the trajectory of his music career to date. He aspires to perform music that tells a story and captures a soul. This can be heard on Carson debut album titled “Breaking News".

Carson also enjoys choral singing and is in his fourth year representing New Zealand in the NZ Secondary School's Choir of which he is the Choir Leader and lead guitarist. The Choir will tour and perform in Germany in 2020. Carson has also been selected as a member of the NZ Youth Choir from 2020-2022.

On April 21 2019, Carson made his TV debut in the fund-raising concert This is Who We Are, for victims of the Christchurch Mosque attack that was broadcast on Maori TV. Carson’s rendition of Willie Nelson’s Something You Get Through, accompanying himself on guitar and backed by a nine-piece band, was the feature clip promoting the TV show.

In 2019 Carson was billed as special guest for the New York-based Glenn Miller Orchestra and band, whose members have played with the industry's best, including Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra.

With an outstanding 2019 year coming to an end Carson was the recipient of the Pat McMinn Rising Star Award at the prestigious Variety Artists Club awards in Auckland, NZ.
On graduating from Palmerston North Boys High School in 2019 Carson was awarded runner up, Dux Atrium.