Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Elyse.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I think a lot of my musical inclination and passion is due to the exposure to music I’ve had in my house growing up. My parents are both musicians, they met through their college worship band so I would sit in on their band practices and songwriting sessions all the time as a kid. They even named me Taylor Elyse after my dad’s Taylor Guitar and my mom’s Alesis keyboard, so I guess with a name like that I couldn’t not follow their footsteps into music. As I got older, I learned guitar and piano, but music was always like my special secret. Like I could sing, and I knew it, but I didn’t have to share it with anybody until I really felt ready. Over the recent last few years, I’ve branched out from singing at home with my parents to falling in love with songwriting by myself and performing in different venues and restaurants in the valley. People have always described me as an old soul, and that quality has made me feel like this journey has already spanned a lifetime. But I know I’m still so young as I’m only 16 and so all of this is the very beginning of my journey with music, which is good. I’m always wanting to be doing more and taking my work to the next level, so it’s nice to remember that I’m still beginning this journey. And everything I have done and learned so far has brought me to exactly where I should be right now.
Please tell us about your art.
I’m first and foremost a songwriter, along with being a singer and performer. I’ve always been inclined to writing more sad, contemplative songs because I feel like negative emotions are the most interesting and complex to write from. Conveying sadness and grief require more thoughtful lyrics, and I guess the thoughtfulness has always come naturally to me, as paradoxical as it is. Beyond writing sad songs, what really matters to me is that I’m always telling a story and capturing what it would feel like to be in that story. Once in my freshman year history class, we were told the story of a battle that was supposed to just be two sides coming together to make peace, until one person fired their gun, resulting in a massacre. I remember zoning out for the rest of class, thinking about what it would be like to be that person who fired their gun and have to live with all of that guilt. I came straight home, took to my guitar, and wrote the first half of my song “One Shot.” “One Shot” is actually dropping at the end of May, so make sure to follow me to catch it! That’s one of many examples of how I tend to pull from stories that I hear or experiences I’ve lived as the basis for my songs. I hope my music always makes you feel something, whether it’s a feeling for someone in your past that you’d forgotten or the sense of peace you have right now.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Being an artist can definitely be lonely. I have found social media to be the most incredible way to get connected with other artists and creatives, local or from far away! And I think there’s such importance to connecting with other creatives in general, and not solely others in your same artistic field. I’ve connected with so many photographers and artists through social media, and we get to cheer each other on in our respective art forms without any feeling of competition, which is refreshing. But honestly, I have found that other artists are almost always much more kind and open than your brain may tell you. So I would say don’t be afraid to reach out or comment on other artists work, because you never know when you’ll make a connection!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am releasing my debut EP, “Between The Lines” song-by-song on all music streaming platforms (Apple Music, Spotify, Itunes, etc.)! I recorded this EP with Electric Sound Music in Phoenix, and they have been a dream to work with.
“Between The Lines,” tells the story of my experiences throughout high school, and not in the classic high school experience sense like football games and dances, but by relaying the up’s and down’s of my personal experience the past three years. You can support my work by simply listening to my music and following me on Instagram and Spotify!
- Email: email@example.com
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Jenna Wilkes Photography