Posted by: jrostewart | May 4, 2009

Taryn of All Trades’ New EP Hits

taryn-manning1Taryn Manning is living proof that you can’t judge a girl by the company she keeps. At first glance you might think that she is just another doe-eyed socialite with nothing better to do than spend her mommy’s money or dance on table tops at New York’s most exclusive clubs like her friend Paris or her cohort Lindsay, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Taryn Manning has been working hard from an early age when her mother enrolled her in the Orange County School for Arts. She grew up relatively poor, and suffered the loss of her musician father at age 14 when he committed suicide. Through tragedy and poverty, Taryn has managed to build an unbelievably successful career, and seems to have her hand in just about every aspect of popular culture.

Taryn began an acting career in the early 90’s, appearing on popular TV shows like NYPD Blue and The Practice. Taryn has had a long-standing and successful career as a supporting actress in many films including 8 Mile and the Academy Award Winning film, Hustle & Flow. Taryn Manning also has her own clothing line called Born Uniqorn, which has been described as a mix between Juicy Couture and Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. Aside from fashion and acting, Taryn is also part of the pop duo, Boomkat. Boomkat, which consists of Taryn and her brother, Kellin. Bookmkat ‘s single, The Wreckoning, was a massive hit, reaching #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play list in 2003.

Many feared Boomkat was destined to be a one-hit wonder. They released a single in 2008 called Runaway, but the single did not make much of a splash. Now Taryn and her brother are at it again, hoping to rekindle the kind of hype they achieved with their debut album, Boomkatalog. Backed by a new producer, Mike Elizundo who has worked with the likes of Pink, Maroon 5, and 50 Cent, the future looks good for their new EP, A Million Trillion Little Stars. Released on People.com on March 10, 2009 to positive reviews, A Million Trillion Little Stars features elements of hip-pop, dirty pop, soul, R&B and indie rock.

Taryn Manning proves she is a force to be “wreckoned” with, and it’s a wonder that the girl gets any sleep. Perhaps her busy schedule is the reason she hasn’t really been a tabloid target. Maybe her friends should take a lesson from Ms. Manning and spend their energy doing what it is they are supposed to be famous for, and maybe even trying something new.

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