An Arts- trained classical and jazz composer, Tai is known for her incredible versatility, in both music and subject matter. Though she has plenty of her own life stories to draw from—including singing for the Pope, watching all of her belongings ignite in a house fire, playing a music tour through Yellowstone National Park, and teaching music at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (Mo-Pop), Dusty Strings, and Seattle Girls School—Tai prefers to mine literature. She’s penned over 50 songs, in collaboration with Bushwick Book Club, that give musical voice to literary characters and immerse the audience in the story, the same way a novel does. In 2016, Tai was awarded a Jack Straw Cultural Center artist recording grant to complete her third album, Meet in the Middle.
Tai Shan & her husband Austin Garrison were married in 2016, taking a vow that a married pair of artists can succeed in making a life together. Together, they tour the US in a 13ft trailer. They share a passion for connecting with an incredible community of people.