Folk artist Elle Taylor to release debut album
Elle Taylor of Erie is a folk singer / songwriter who performs regularly in public, but who can still leave people wondering who she is. Making appearances in open mics and even directing one herself, the shy artist remains musically reserved and is adamant about not giving people too much music. But she offers just what is needed at the moment to soothe the spirit and please the ears. With her debut album in the works and the process being her first studio recording, Taylor takes a light step into the limelight to share what she has always held sacred to others – herself.
1. Let’s take a step back. Who is Elle Taylor and what is her origin?
I went through traumas and hardships in my twenties that forced me to find opportunities, and writing has always been one of those opportunities. I decided I wanted to put my words to music, but I couldn’t play an instrument so I learned the ukulele myself. I wrote about fifteen songs. From there I learned the guitar myself and wrote about fifteen more. I played my songs in open mics and recorded them from an app on my phone. All of my demos are on Spotify and YouTube.
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2. How did the idea for an album materialize?
In fact, I went to Malito Proto’s (Erie’s engineer / producer) studio to record two songs I had just written the week before (“You’re the Best Song” and “Long Con”). Proto was having a very good stage and I thought to myself, why not? While I was there I liked it so much and I liked working with Malito so I decided to keep coming back. It became quite an album because, honestly, Malito seemed to believe in me.
3. Have outside sources contributed to your work to help you come full circle in your vision?
I knew I needed help, so I asked for help. So many musician friends that I made along the way started offering to play electric guitar here, bass there, backing vocals, etc. I even played the trombone by Larry Wheaton on a song. I was stunned that people really wanted to help me. But, for once in my life, I accepted that I was worth helping. I was worth friends. I was worth people’s time. I took help.
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4. Is there a date or season that you plan to release your project, or will you just go with the flow?
This album will be out by mid to late summer. It is mixed by Malito Proto then mastered by Shawn Hammer. It will be published on Spotify; maybe Bandcamp if I stop being lazy and create an account, and I will have tour records made upon purchase.
5. What does this album mean to you and how do you think it will affect listeners?
This album is my recorded heart and soul. These are real life experiences and every word is mine. This is my story. It’s for others. If it resonates with people, I’m happy, but to keep from sounding selfish, it’s mostly for me. I have now recorded it, sorted it out, my memories, my growth, my trip. It’s there and I definitely do vinyl because it’s always been a dream of mine to have my artwork on a record sleeve and my songs on the record inside. It is honestly a dream come true. It is what it is.
Elle Taylor can be found on YouTube and Spotify under her name, and on Instagram as eletaylor71. Her debut album, “Taken Me A While”, will be released this year.
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