MADE Maven October Issue MADE Magazine - Page 26

MADEART returned to Disney Dreamers Academy as part of the talent roster. In addition to her time at Disney, Taylor performed in various theatre productions in the Midwest such as “The Wiz”, “Ray In The Raw”, “The Colored Museum”, “Les Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera”. She’s been featured on the Steve Harvey Show, Lisa Nichols "Speak and Write", Soledad O`Brien, and has graced the stage as an opening act for veteran recording acts such as Mario and Jordin Sparks. She's collaborated with other talent like Arch Duke, Add-2, Neak, Broadway`s Chester Gregory and playwright Eve Ensler, JIIM, African superstar Maro Uganda,and Grammy-nominated producer "KHAO". What keeps you going? I`ve worked too hard on my music to let it go of it anytime soon. When I first started I would tell myself you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to in order to be great. It was a way to keep doubt or fear of not being good enough from entering my mind. Like any craft you fall in love with the results of your journey. I sing daily because I love it. Also my supporters, students or even strangers I meet that say,"Hey, I love your song. It's been stuck in my head." or "I saw you perform made me feel..." I`ve met people that`ve said, "I listen to your music every morning." It`s always love, ya know? How would you describe your style of music and why? My style of music simultaneously has that soulful old school song with modern influences. I am inspired by and have studied so many different genres that when creating I`m pulling from multiple places. The goal is always to make people feel. Music has such power and healing qualities. As artists we reflect the times, and pull from our own life experiences. In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started? I am putting more of myself into my music. When I first started I would write about my inspirations. Today I`m sharing more of my own stories. In order to be honest I ask myself questions like... In what way can my truths reach the masses? Where is my beginning middle and end as I take my listeners on this journey with me? | 26