2020 “Best New Artist” Grammy nominee and beloved slam poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball is set to release her debut poetry book, Vulnerable AF.
Slated for release this June, the poetry collection is centered around infatuation, love, and heartbreak as Ball recounts her very first romantic relationship.
“I wrote this book without any thoughts of them ever seeing the light of day. I was sad, I was happy, I was vulnerable with myself and I wrote every single feeling down. So here it is, my first book of poems, Vulnerable AF.” – Tarriona “Tank” Ball
Revered as a musician and a poet, Essence magazine says ball “radiates confidence in her melodic poetry as well as her rich and virtually flawless complexion.”
The Los Angeles Times also took note of the lyricist’s abilities: “Ball is as nimble a lyricist as she is a vocalist, with a malleable voice that’s powerful in its command. One moment she’s unpacking sinewy couplets and rhymes with fury and the next she’s wailing like she’s at a church revival.”
It’s the singer’s unique style of spoken word poetry over the band’s lush accompaniment that’s making them one of the hottest and unstoppable bands in the industry today.
In November 2020, Tank and The Bangas released their EP “Friend Goals” via Verve Forecast. The new music includes numerous musical contributions from artists such as CHIKA, Duckwrth, and PJ Morton as well as a number of New Orleans-based creatives.
The EP follows the release of the band’s major-label debut, Green Balloon, which arrived in 2019 to widespread critical praise including performances on “TODAY” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Tank and The Bangas are Ball (frontwoman, lead vocals), Albert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute), Joshua Johnson (drums), and Norman Spence (keys).