Exclusive Premiere: Tanya Gallagher’s “Dark Side”

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Tanya Gallagher leads a double life. By day, the Pensacola, Florida native—who once interned for NASA—practices cartography, turning geographic information into maps for Santa Rosa County, where she resides. By night, she pens the kind of soulful, folk-inflected pop songs that comprise her new EP, One Hand On My Heart. “When I describe myself as a scientist and a songwriter, I think people immediately assume there must be this right brain-left brain dichotomy between these two passions but for me they’re almost symbiotic. I don’t think I could have one without the other,” Gallagher says. Recorded with producer Daniel Mendez (Noah Gundersen, The Native Sibling, Alexi Murdoch), and written while Gallagher was pursuing a PhD in forestry in Vancouver, the six songs on One Hand On My Heart tell the tale of heartbreak, and of a singer-songwriter finding her groove.

“I wrote the song in one rush of lyrics. I hit record on my iphone and a few minutes later the song was pretty much written as is. For me this song is a self assessment of sorts; owning up to insecurities and replacing them with confidence. It’s staring impostor syndrome in the face and saying, “I’m good enough just as I am.”


7/18 – Kingfisher – Pensacola, FL
7/25 – Hub Stacey’s – Pensacola, FL
7/27 – Tacky Jack’s – Orange Beach, AL
7/28 – Oyster Bar – Perdido Key, FL
8/2-8/4 – Mile of Music Fest – Appleton, WI
8/8 – Kingfisher (Album Release Show) – Pensacola, FL
8/15 – Hub Stacey’s – Pensacola, FL
11/1-11/2 – Greater Gulfcoast Arts Festival – Pensacola, FL