Taura Stinson is a veteran songwriter born in Birmingham, AL and raised in Oakland, CA. She has penned songs for pop stars; such as Destiny’s Child, Kelis, Kelly Rowland, and Deborah Cox; and has collaborated with Raphael Saadiq, Kanye West, and Andre 3000, amongst many others.
Additionally, she co-wrote the Grammy-nominated comeback single for Earth Wind & Fire, “Show Me the Way,” on their album, Illumination. Taura and, her long-time writing partner, Raphael Saadiq recently wrote and produced the song “Gonna Be Alright,” which was performed by Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) for the animated film, Epic. They also wrote and produced the songs for the musical film Black Nativity, starring Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Luke James, Tyrese, and Nas.
Taura has found her niche in the world where music and film meet. In addition to Black Nativity and Rio, her songs have been featured in films such as Men In Black, The Sitter, Beauty Shop, Deliver Us From Eva, and the upcoming Rio 2 (lead lyricist). Taura and Raphael were nominated for the “Ashford and Simpson Songwriters Award” and also received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration on their song, “Good Man,” on Saadiq’s Stone Rollin. Taura is currently writing a novel and wrapping up Raphael’s next album.
Stinson’s influence is not limited to songwriting. As an A&R consultant, she was instrumental in providing creative direction for Le’Andria Johnson’s debut album, which yielded the Grammy winning record “Jesus.”