Taral Hicks (born on September 21, 1974 in the Bronx, New York) is a female R&B singer and actress. She is also the younger sister of singer\actress D'Atra Hicks and gospel singer Miriam Hicks.
Taral started singing when she was 5 years old where she was a featured soloist at her church opening up for her big sisters.
When Taral was 12 years old, she appeared in the play, "Mama, I Want to Sing" in a singing role that her sister, D'Atra formerly performed several years ago. When she was 16, she starred in the play, "Let the Music Play Gospel."
Taral graduated from Grace Dodge Vocational High School in the Bronx in 1993 and also in that same year, she starred in the Robert De Niro movie, "A Bronx Tale." She also appeared in other movies such as "Just Cause," "Educating Max Flowers," and "The Preacher's Wife."
It wasn't until Taral's role in the 1997 HBO film, "Subway Stories" that audiences took recognition. She portrayed the role as "Woman With Flowers" who sang to her mom on a payphone and Taral's performance was deemed to be one of the best performances in the movie.
In 1997, Taral signed to Motown Records and released her debut album, "This Time" which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard 200 or R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Oooh Oooh Baby" featuring Missy Elliott (who also produced and wrote the song), peaked at #81 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
The second single, "Distant Lover" (produced by Teddy Riley) peaked at #60 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in August of 1997, staying on the chart for 12 weeks, making it her longest chart appearance to date.
After collaborating with music video\film director Hype Williams on the music video for "Silly," he cast Taral in his directorial film debut (and Taral's largest role to date), "Belly," playing DMX's girlfriend, Kisha.
The music video for "Silly" appeared in one of the movie's scenes. Taral's record deal with Motown ended after former Motown president Andre Harrell was fired from the label.
Taral wasn't seen much in the music and movie scenes until 2000 when she starred in the short film, "Are You Cinderella?" She also appeared on tv shows such as "Soul Food" and "100 Centre Street." Later on, Taral starred in independent films such as "The Salon," "Forbidden Fruit," "Humenetomy," and "Ex$pendable."
In 2006, Taral became a part of the "Soul Kittens Cabaret" featuring singers Monifah, Nicci Gilbert, TonDalaya Gallant, Sara Stokes, and Demetria McKinney.
Taral is currently married to Loren Dawson, has a son, and is now working as a teacher in North Jersey as of 2009.
To see the music video for "Silly," go to:
To see the music video for "Ooh Ooh Baby," go to:
To see the music video for "Distant Lover," go to:
[updated on 05\07\12]