By George Joseph
t’s not unusual for singers
to want to release an album
for Christmas, but when
you’re a 10-year-old prodigy
and attending college, it’s
one more accomplishment
you have to add to your unique
That was the case for Tiara
Abraham, who already has two
Carnegie Hall performances
under her belt. While attending
classes at American River College
in Sacramento, California, she
still found time to produce
“Winter Nightingale,” her debut
album this year.
“After her performances at
various places people used to
come and ask for the CD of her
music. When we said there was
no CD, it disappointed many,”
said her mother, veterinarian Dr.
Taji Abraham. Tiara decided not
to disappoint fans any longer.
The daughter of Abraham and
Bijou Abraham, a software pro-
fessional, Tiara sings in many dif-
ferent foreign languages and, her
mother said, “many people did
not understand her but loved lis-
tening to her voice and her
singing. We have got comments
‘you give me goose bumps,’” her
mother said. “It encouraged us.”
The family sought out a local
studio that had just enough
recording capability and engi-
neering skill to produce a good
quality sound while keeping pro-
duction costs low.
Tiara, who is classically
trained in the Western music tradition, spent about nine hours
recording her songs and another
15 doing post-production, her
“To give her personal touch
and make it different from past
recordings by other artists, she
has also made her own changes
to the style,” her mother said..
She said the album, which is
available on digital platforms for
preview, sale and streaming services, has gotten a very welcome
Tiara is home-schooled in
public charter school. She is in
6th grade but doing mathematics
at the high school level. She is
also attending college and completed a few semesters.
Her mother said she has her
sights on singing on the international stage with some of her
favorite singers. “Tiara loves
Bollywood music and it is her
wish to have a fusion song for
which she would love to work
with A R Rahman,” she said.
Tiara is not alone in being an
accomplished child. Her elder
brother Tanishq Abraham, 13, is a
full-time student at UC Davis and
will graduate in bio-medical engi-
neering next year.
Like her brother, Tiara joined
Mensa, an organization for people with an IQ of 148 and above,
or in the top 2 percent of the population. She has been a Mensa
member since age 4.
INDIA ABROAD DECEMBER 30, 2016 17 INDIAN AMERICAN AFFAIRS
Gifted Singer, 10,
Attends College –
And Records Her
Tiara Abraham joined Mensa, an organization for
people with an IQ of 148 and above
Above, Tiara Abraham with voice teacher Kate Murphy
and brother Tanishq Abraham.