On Monday, June 26th, Nashville Offbeat attended the Pop Blitz Magazine's monthly "Story and a Song" showcase. This monthly showcase put on by Pop Blitz's, Tracey Ecklund, features a range of music styles in roughly two hours. Monday featured four local artists, but one Soul-Pop, Singer/Songwriter stuck out in particular. Thirteen year old Taylor Gayle stole the show with her bubbly demeanor and musicianship well beyond her years.
For most, being thirteen means you're at the most awkward point in your life. For Taylor Gayle, being thirteen means that she is out chasing her dreams with a musical passion, drive, and maturity that most of us don't reach by the time we're thirty.
Taylor took the stage on Monday with confidence, sang her heart out, and pierced every heart in the crowd by doing so. Never, has a bar full of rowdy adults quieted down so quickly. All eyes were on her as she engaged the room with adorably awkward banter, followed by truly prolific songwriting, and vocals with masterful dynamics and control. Being so young, Taylor draws much of her songwriting inspiration from an insightful mind, putting herself into the shoes of those around her.
Taylor Gayle left no emotion untouched in only a few songs, and only made us want to hear more! Her latest release, recorded with Clay Shelburn, is titled "Tattooed Heart," and is available on iTunes! Check it out, folks, and go see her live before she blows up! Find out more on The Official Taylor Gayle Facebook page.
I love how stripped down this song is. In a world full of over-production and being as loud as you can, “Sidewalk” is an easy-breezy breath of fresh air.
“What’d You Think” was performed, recorded, and shot live on Delmarva Life TV in Maryland earlier this year. I found their performance to be full of passion, emotion, and life.
For instance, the band laments the trials and tribulations of dating a vegan: …
You’re in the sky, grazing the moon with your hands, rearranging stars, and smiling wistfully. This is where my mind takes me when I hear “Are You The Girl” by Kira Hooks, just released on April 17th, 2018.
With a little bit of sass, blues, and rock n’ roll, Lauren Anderson is bringing us a song reminiscent of early Grace Potter. Released March 30th, “The Game” is a head-banger that will pump you up and empower your day!
Released on April 17th, I find “Body Language,” to be timeless, sexy and beautifully produced, and think that you will too.
Capturing the essence of drama, the pain of heartbreak, and the freedom of letting go, “Strangers” is a beautifully written song about the romantic tragedy of losing a part of your identity in someone else.
He’s waiting for a call from someone in an emptiness that extends beyond his physical being.
One of my favorite songs on the album, “Just Wanna Meet You”, puts into words the longing we all feel to find someone to live our lives with. The idea that there’s a person out there meant just for you is one that brings comfort to all the hopeless romantics of the world.
The video features the band playing in Somer’s garage/rehearsal space, cut with kaleidoscope-like outdoor and driving scenes, giving an overall feeling of psychedelic displacement and trippiness (you may want to break out the sticky-icky for this one, gang).