While most girls her age are focused on their social lives at school and hanging out with their friends, award winning pop and soul music artist, Taylor Gayle is dedicating her time and energy on forging a career in the music industry. This artist has already performed live at some of the most popular venues in the world, has filled notebook after notebook with original song ideas, and has surrounded herself with a team made up of some of the most knowledgeable music industry veterans Nashville has to offer. The Plano, Texas-native lives in Nashville and released her debut EP in October 2016.
The EP, entitled Fly Away, consists of seven original songs written by Taylor over an eighteen-month period. Those songs explore various themes, including a power anthem about self-acceptance, deep family connections, and recovering from broken relationships.
Taylor is working relentlessly to hone her songwriting skills. Few young artists can say they have already written more than one-hundred and fifty original songs. She admits to keeping dozens of notebooks in various places around her home so she can immediately write down any ideas that come to her. She already has 2 indie cuts with the alternative rock band “Love Past Blue” and wrote and recorded a duet with Clay Shelburn, who is known worldwide as the viral YouTube sensation the “Walmart Rockstar”, that single released in June 2017. Before Taylor even was a teenager, she won the 2017 UK Song Academy International Division Songwriting Award for her song “Sophia’s Song” and was a Finalist in the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Competition with “Butterfly”. She was also selected by her songwriting peers as one of the top 12 songs at NSAI Spring Training and performed at esteemed songwriting festival Tin Pan South. So where does a teenager find inspiration for song ideas?
“I find topics for songs from life,” she explains. “I get ideas from TV, books, and watching people at the mall. Life is full of great stories to write about. My creative process really depends on my mood. Sometimes I will get a melody stuck in my head that I know I have to find lyrics for, but other times I get hit with a hook for a song and I have to write it down immediately.”
In addition to being an experienced songwriter, Taylor is also a seasoned veteran of the stage. Not only has she played popular venues like Nashville’s Bluebird Café, House of Blues in Dallas, and Six Flags Over Texas, Taylor has also performed four times at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. One of those performances saw Taylor reaching the semi-finals of the popular Amateur Night at the Apollo.
“The Apollo is the best stage I have performed on in my life,” Taylor exclaims. “I love knowing that many of the artists I look up to have also performed on that stage. People say it is a tough crowd but I find it to be my favorite crowd!”
Other performances for Taylor include singing the National Anthem to kick-off the SMU men’s basketball season. Attending that game and hearing Taylor sing was former US President, George W. Bush. Taylor has also opened for well-known country artist, Bryan White at Rocketown in Nashville.
For more information on Taylor, or to purchase her new EP, visit her website at www.TaylorGayle.com.