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Meet Taylor Teasley

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

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 am a country-pop artist living in a small suburban area in Southern California. Music has been apart of my life since I was four years old starting out with piano lessons with inheriting a background of bluegrass musicians on my father’s side in Georgia. With always being apart of something at a young age such as modeling, acting, sports, and music, I always knew music had a special place in my heart, and eventually, I would have to choose my passion. I started teaching myself how to play guitar and sing when I was 13 years old and have continued with it ever since. Even throughout college, with going on tour in Hawaii, live-streaming in China with over 100k followers and playing at local venues, I earned a certification in Audio Engineering and a BA in Music Industry Studies to help myself better learn about the business.

I have played over 150 shows from wine bars, restaurants, private parties, weddings, and festivals. I am passionate about my music and always hope to bring people together by looking for ways to give back to the community. During Covid-19, I have been doing weekly live-streams and Q&As with other people, musicians, and magazines globally on my Instagram and Facebook page in hopes to bring people together and make connections with other musicians and my followers. My combination of raspy country vocals, to the song selection with the fingerpicking playing style, makes me one to watch! You can find me most active on my Instagram @TaylorTeasleyMusic, I love to connect with my followers!

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a long, fun, interesting road that has led me to find out so much about myself. Throughout my childhood of different hobbies and activities I was apart of, it was difficult to narrow down what I wanted to actually do in life, but I feel that it all prepared me for where I am at today. Being in Southern California as a country musician limits me a bit but thanks to social media it has allowed me to make those connections in Nashville and on the east coast. I am hoping to make my way to Nashville as a musician sometime soon, but until then, I plan to stay very active on my Instagram (@TaylorTeasleyMusic) and connect with as many people as possible.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a freelance musician that plays at a variety of venues from restaurants to private parties to weddings and much more. I sing and play guitar at the same time and control my own sound system as well. I am known locally in my town as the very few female musicians around the area. I have earned so many opportunities throughout my career. An event I am very proud of and was honored to be apart of was my brother’s wedding. I was a bridesmaid, but also had the pleasure of singing the song “Marry Me” by Train, as my sister in law walked down the aisle. It was such a beautiful moment that I will never forget and I will always cherish.

Being a country musician in Southern California, I feel sets me apart on the west coast since there is only a handful of us in SoCal but I think what really sets me apart from others is my vocals. I feel that not many female country musicians have a raspy voice nowadays. My voice is nothing like Carrie Underwood or Faith Hill, on the contrary, it’s low and raspy so I have been told that my voice is similar to a Stevie Nicks or Norah Jones. I have even been told that I am the female version of Brett Young. Something else that may set me apart is my emotions during performing. I involve myself so much in what I am saying that my emotions really come out and people have gotten teary-eyed. I recently did a virtual interview with an account in Norway, and I was performing a cover song called “Die From A Broken Heart” by Maddie and Tae and she had watery eyes and it is times like this for example that remind me why I feel such a strong connection to music. Everyone at some point in their life, will probably relate to a song and its emotion. It is so beautiful what music can do and make people feel.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Well, since Covid19 the music industry has had a major shift with no live shows happening and also not knowing when they will start up again. So as of right now, I am unsure as to when the industry will kick off again but I believe once this has calmed down and we can slowly ease back into it, the music industry will be stronger than ever! Everyone enjoys seeing and hearing live music, so I can only hope for the industry to skyrocket.

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