Hailed by Entertainment Tonight as “a rising star of the indie music” singer- songwriter Hayley Taylor has an unmistakable new voice full of passionate intensity. With songs recently featured on “How I Met Your Mother,” "Privileged," “Heartland,” “LonelyGirl15,” and several other television shows and films, Taylor is quickly making a name for herself.
Her new album (and debut full-length CD), One Foot in Front of the Other, is set for release in Spring 2009. The album was produced by Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson), Eric Robinson (Matt Nathanson), and Ofer Moses.
It features performances by an all-star cast of players, including Michael Chaves (John Mayer), Ben Peeler (Alexi Murdoch), Adrienne Woods (Josh Radin), Elliot Jacobson (ingrid Michaelson), and Marshall Altman (Kate Voegle).
Taylor’s debut EP, Waking, produced by AJ Mogis (Saddlecreek, Criteria), received rave reviews worldwide and was nominated by the LA Music Awards for 2006 “Best Independent Album of the Year.
” Pitchfork Media describes her as “refreshingly unassuming,” and Earcandy says she is “at once reminiscent of Rachael Yamagata and evocative of a female Ryan Adams.” Taylor’s songs blend rock and folk sensibilities, threatening to break your heart with their haunting melodies, spellbinding lyrics, and unforgettable imagery.
The way she sings lets you know that you know she's lived every moment of the lyrics. In 2007, Taylor and her band were interviewed on Entertainment Tonight and San Francisco’s KRON news, and they performed live on the new music television show, City Sessions: Los Angeles.
Taylor was also one of ASCAP's featured artists in their highly-acclaimed Audio Portraits series. Born in Michigan and raised in Los Angeles, Taylor began performing at a young age, working as a professional actress into her teens in TV and film.
Though she began playing piano and singing at the age of three, it wasn’t until she learned to play guitar in college and began turning her poetry into songs that she realized music was her true passion.
(Taylor has a BA in literature from Vassar College, attended the Sorbonne, and has an MFA in art). Taylor currently is based in Los Angeles, where she frequently performs with her band at the famed Hotel Cafe, and other prime LA venues.
Her band features a talented cast of players including Adrienne Woods on cello, Drew Lawrence on piano, Ethan Schreiber on bass, and Chris Markwood on drums.
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