Tiarra Girls Singer Tori Baltierra kicks off Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 Presidential Bid
with stirring performance of The National Anthem at Austin Rally
Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders senior Tori Baltierra took the stage near the Texas Capitol Saturday night to kick off the last of three Texas homecoming rallies for 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke. Flanked by her sisters and Tiarra Girls bandmates Sophia and Tiffany Baltierra, the singer/guitarist delivered a stirring a capella performance of The National Anthem, setting the tone for a program including Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Texas State Representative Gina Hinojosa, and Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke.
Ms. Baltierra and The Tiarra Girls have been supporters of Mr. O’Rourke since his 2018 race for the US Senate, performing at statewide rallies and producing a series of Get Out The Vote videos aimed at the young Latina community whose voices they’ve come to champion.
With O’Rourke now pursuing the highest office in the United States, Saturday night’s performance carried a new gravity for Ms. Baltierra and her sisters. “Many generations before me lifted me tonight,” she recalled. “Being asked to sing our National Anthem was a tremendous honor, and looking out across a crowd of many colors I realized a true evolution of community is before us. Viva Beto!”
Since choosing to put their political beliefs front and center of their public lives, The Tiarra Girls have garnered attention from high profile organizations, most recently by the Travis County Democratic Party, who invited them to be the featured entertainment at their March 4 Austin dinner with United States Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Lifelong Austin residents, The Tiarra Girls are the fierce sisterhood of singer/guitarist Tori, bassist Tiffany, and drummer Sophia Baltierra. Three-time Austin Music Award winners and Ann Richards School alumni, the power trio delivers an eclectic sound and anthemic lyrics celebrating a message of unity and empowerment.
The young band’s connection to politics began with a chance introduction to the Beto campaign facilitated by SXSW founder Louis Black and David Rice, principal at Austin creative studio Flow Nonfiction and executive producer of Clubhouse: Music up Close.
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PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID RICE (IG @PEOPLEPLATESANDPLANET)
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