Hello, my name's Madison Taylor. I hail from a small township in North Jersey where the sloping highlands and rural valleys intersect. I recently graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (music and communication as my concentrations). Singing and songwriting are my steadfast passion and joy. My musical inspiration draws from a well of different genres and styles.
When I was very little, I used to memorize the songs from Disney princess movies and repeatedly sing them until my parents practically memorized the songs as well. "Part of Your World" was my consistent go-to because Ariel was my ultimate favorite!
Family road trips were a frequent part of my childhood which meant there was plenty of time to listen to what my parents regarded as good music during our long car rides. We also had a huge stereo in our living room where my sisters and I would play virtually all the CDs my parents owned and jam out to them. Classic artists like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Leann Rimes, and Celine Dion infiltrated my still-developing creative mind.
Over time, I found myself particularly appreciating Johnny Cash's bluntness and deep emotion in his music. The quirky and upbeat grooves of the 80s also appealed to me. I found the melancholy nature of Celtic folk music mystically haunting (I even took Irish step dancing lessons during elementary, but eventually quit to my later chagrin lol).
When I rolled into my teenage years, I started leaning toward music that didn't fit the mainstream music industry standard. As a student in public school who felt somewhat isolated from the rest of her student body, I craved music that reflected my sad and isolated state. Celtic, acoustic folk and art pop ended up making the cut, so I naturally began to write songs that suited those particular styles.
This year, I have released my first EP with the help of Pipe Dream Studios. Some of the featured original songs were written over 6 years ago which is crazy to think about. They are quite personal songs to release to the public, but I think authenticity and vulnerability are essential traits to have as a singer-songwriter, are they not?
Warmly, Madison Taylor