Growing up in Santa Cruz, California until 15, she learned to love artists like Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac – and they would shape the kind of country she would eventually write.
The move to Texas in the second half of her freshman year to San Antonio is where she fell in love with artists like Merle Haggard, George Strait and The Judds. Their influences would be the finishing touches that would shape Tammy into the writer she is today.
Her own songwriting got started when her oldest son started taking guitar lessons. A spark was lit as she watched his talent grow. She knew all those bottled up lyrics put on a shelf as she raised 6 kids would finally come to life!
His guitar teacher, Scotty Raye, asked her to sing on his demos that would be going to Nashville. It was then the flame started to burn.
She would form a band shortly after and thought that would be enough. She could just sing locally and share her songs while covering her favorite artists! Now with youngest son Tadd at her side on rhythm lead guitar, she would begin to write her masterpieces.
It was at a songwriting showcase in 2016 she would meet the first of her songwriting family, Colleen Francis. Colleen's love for Pop music and Rap and Tammy's love for Classic Rock and Country created a unique sound that caught the ears of many. Over those first few years, that songwriting family grew to 20-plus strong. Filled with artists like Billie Jo, Bailey Rae, Sophie Lynn, Mackenzie O'Brien, Andrew Chipman, Derek Skelton, Caitlin Caporale, Hunter Jordan, Daniel Sampley, Savvy Poole and the list goes on.
She has also been joined by so many other writers to compose great songs that are now being pitched in Nashville! Many of her songs have been recorded and released by other artists as well! Still waiting on that big one to hit, she is happy to just be a part of the journey in the lives of other writers.
So stay awhile and listen to the many songs written or co-written by Tammy Marler.