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Life and Work with Taylor Lewis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Lewis.

Taylor, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember! There are old videotapes of me at four years old singing to myself on my tricycle haha. I’ve always kept a notebook since I was a kid, was always writing lyrics. I was always a little shy when it came to singing but I finally started to break out of my shell once I got to my senior year of high school when I performed at the talent show and then sang the national anthem at my graduation. That national anthem was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I have never sung in front of more than 100 people and that day, I sang in front of at least 1,000. And the fact that I was that shy and still did it always motivates me still to this day that I can literally do anything I set my mind to. Ever since then, I haven’t looked back and have taken music seriously.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This ride for sure has been real bumpy haha. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because I’ve learned so much and have grown as a creative, singer and person overall. There’s a lot that goes into music beyond just singing and producing and I think that gets overlooked. As artists, we can be very sensitive about our work, and I definitely had to learn to be able to take criticism because it only makes me better.

Managing time for music has been a struggle too! Working two jobs, performing, dealing with personal issues, family stuff. It can be overwhelming at times. But that’s why I love music because it allows me to channel all of that stress into something that can block all of that out and bring me some peace.

And lastly, being a woman in this industry is really tough. I feel like a lot of times I have to prove myself in rooms where I am the only female and often times I feel like my voice isn’t heard. Because of this, I gotta have tough skin and be able to stand up for myself to make sure my opinions and ideas aren’t overlooked. I’ve also had many cases where men would make studio sessions uncomfortable and I’d have to remind them that I am here for music and music only. I would advise other young women to always stand up for themselves even if you’re labeled a “bitch” because sometimes you have to be stern to get your point across and maintain a professional environment. At the end of the day, music is our job and just like any other workplace, the environment needs to be a comfortable space.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am an R&B/Neo-Soul singer and songwriter. I feel like my style is such a vibe. I’m super versatile and I’m really good at coming up with unique melodies and harmonies. I also do vocal production for other artists to help give a creative direction for their songs. All of my lyrics are usually true stories about my love life or personal life challenges. I want people to be able to relate to my music so I try to be as honest and vulnerable as I can. I’m also a great performer, I love getting interactive with my audience and dancing with the crowd and hearing them sing my lyrics. I think that’s my favorite part about my music and being able to make that personal connection.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
For a young woman starting her career, I’d tell her that confidence is key! Being confident and believing in yourself is where it starts. That’s the first step to becoming something great. Removing all self-doubt, not worrying about what others think about you and just unapologetically being yourself. Embrace your flaws, embrace your beauty and don’t be so hard on yourself all the time. Know that you aren’t perfect and you shouldn’t expect to be. You can still hold yourself to high standards without pressuring self-perfection.

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AJ Wilson, Brittany Bravo, Brian Dao

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1 Comment

  1. Jehmal Jones

    October 1, 2019 at 16:07

    Dope interview!!

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