A Hanover College graduate returns to her alma mater - and the town where she grew up - Friday to perform.

Tamara Dearing, a 2002 graduate, will perform with her band and The Sandpaper Dolls as part of Hanover College's Community Arts Series.

Dearing's family moved to Hanover when she was 10. She's been playing piano since she was 7.

Her parents are Diana and Gary Dearing of Hanover.

"Basically, I started writing my own music as soon as I could plunk out keys on the piano. I like creating," she said.

Dearing writes some songs to perform with her band that performs under her name, but she also writes songs with a group called The Sandpaper Dolls, an acapella group.

"Some of those (songs I write) are not something I can really play with my own band, so I bring them to The Sandpaper Dolls," she said.

Since graduating, Dearing said she hasn't performed at the college, but she's looking forward to it.

Mark Fearnow, producer of the Community Arts Series, saw Dearing perform in Louisville and asked her to participate in the annual series.

"He was a professor of mine at Hanover. I was a theater major and he was a theater professor back then," Dearing said. "He came to one of my shows and he liked what he heard."

Dearing and her band are based out of Louisville and perform indie rock songs infused with other musical genres. Dearing says she's a fan of a lot of oldies, which influence the sound of her music.

"You'll hear elements of old jazz. It has that kind of musical theater vibe to it," she said. "I think I get a little bit bored. I have many interests and many interests within music too."

Dearing has released three albums: "Close Your Eyes and Heal" in 1999; "Yesterconfessions" in 2006, and "What Animates You" in 2010.

She has also been featured on the Louisville radio station WFPK's "Live Lunch" series and appeared on several "Louisville is for Lovers" compilation albums alongside other Louisville musicians such as My Morning Jacket, Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Ben Sollee.

Dearing will perform at the Center for Fine Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Seniors and faculty and staff member tickets are $12 each and high school students or younger can gain admission for $5.