Interview | Christina Taylor
February 7, 2017
By Candice Anne Marshall
IMM – Hello Christina! Welcome to Indie Music Monday! What did you think when you found out that we were featuring you on the front page of our website?
CT – I thought it was great!! I’m always thankful when anyone wants to help promote my music!
IMM – I hear you have had amazing support from Indie Music Bus – parent company to Indie Music Monday. What are your thoughts on that?
CT – I’m so thankful that Indie Music Bus has been supporting me every step of the way from the beginning of my music career,
IMM – Alright, let’s get to it – your new single (and video) has dropped TODAY for ‘Don’t Look Good in Your T-shirt Anymore’ and it’s FABULOUS! Can you tell us if this single relates to a personal story of yours?
CT – This song doesn’t relate to a specific life experience but I have definitely had a rocky relationship that relates to the feelings in this song.
IMM – DO you write all your own music? Did you write this latest single?
CT – Yes, I write all my music! I wrote my latest single with Will Rambeoux and Sherrie Austin.
IMM – Who is the creative team behind the concepts for the video for ‘Don’t Look Good in Your T-Shirt Anymore’?
CT – Stephen Shepherd was the director of my music video so his ideas, including mine, Sherrie Austin, Will Rambeaux, and my Mom & Dad’s are what made this video what it is.
IMM – Can you tell us a little about your music career background – what is the historical timeline?
CT – I’ve been singing my entire life but didn’t start taking it seriously until I was about 15 years old. I grew up loving all kinds of music so it took some experimenting to figure out where I belonged in the crazy world of music. But when I was 18, I realized country music was the genre for me!
IMM – It sounds like you gained some great notoriety when you opened for Keith Urban last June! Tell us about your experience!
CT – Playing at the Carolina Country Musical Festival last year was so crazy!! I got to open for so many amazing artist including Maren Morris, Jake Owen and Keith Urban just to name a few. Being able to play for the same crowd as so many amazing artists I look up to was a surreal experience that I will never forget.
IMM – Did you get the opportunity to talk with Keith and if so, what was his feedback on your music?
CT – I did not get the opportunity to talk to Keith Urban at the Carolina Country Music Festival. But that’s alright, Keith is a busy man who had a show to put on! I was just thankful I could open for him.
IMM – As far as radio goes, are there any stations that are spinning your music? Who would you like to give a shout out to?
CT – 106.5 The End in Charlotte, NC has been playing my music since I was 18 years old and we are hoping to get my new single “Don’t Look Good In Your T-Shirt Anymore” on Sirius XM The Highway soon!
IMM – It’s wonderful for Keith to have showcased many talented Artists in each city he’s been in. I know this happened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada when he was here. What kinds of things would you do for other Musicians when it’s your big moment in the music spotlight?
CT – I would definitely have new artists opening me, hopefully artists from each city I’m in. I would also love to brainstorm ways to give artists more of an outlet to get their music to the people.
IMM – Are there any charities or organizations you are passionate about?
CT – I would really love to do something with children’s hospitals in each city I go to – I would really like to bring some happiness into their day. I would also like to be involved with helping our inner-city children in the US. I am very passionate about children and believing helping the next generation is what is going to make the world a better place.
IMM – What has the family support been like for you?
CT – My family has been 100% supportive of me from the beginning of my career. My dad co-manages me and my mom is also very involved in my career. They try to be at as many shows and events as possible! I will always be thankful for them and for everything they have done for me.
IMM – Do you have any tours coming up in the next 3-6 months?
CT – Nothing is set in stone, but my team and I have been talking about a potential University Tour, where I go around to different universities and put on shows for their Fraternities and Sororities. I think it would be a great opportunity to meet some potential fans and get my music heard!
IMM – When the clock turned 12 on December 31, 2016, what things did you want to leave in 2016 and what goals did you set out for yourself for 2017?
CT – There wasn’t anything I necessarily wanted to leave in 2016 because it was a great year full of great opportunities, but I made goals to be focused, to enjoy every moment and to be physically active all for the sake of my career and happiness as a person!
IMM – What is the biggest compliment you’ve ever been paid by a music industry peer?
CT – I cannot remember who it was, but somebody told me that I had as much poise and maturity as any other artist that has made it to the next level. This meant a lot to me because I always make it a point to be as mature and as easy to work with as possible. I never want to come off as diva because that’s not who I am!
IMM – What is the songwriting process like for you?
CT – The song writing process is all fun for me! I get to sit down with other people that share the same passion as me, throw out ideas that most of the time have to do with my real-life struggles or happiness, and write about it in a way that everyone can relate. It’s crazy that I get to call that my job!
IMM – What instruments do you play?
CT – I play guitar and piano! I am not a pro at either one, but I get better every day and hope to one day can accompany myself on stage.
IMM – We see that one of your influences is Shania Twain, who is from Ontario, Canada. Can you tell us why you admire her?
CT – I grew up listening to Shania Twain. My mom always had her CD playing in our Mini Van so we would listen to her in between soccer and dance practices. She has such a fun spirit about her and her songs always help you to have a better day. She will always be one of my favorites.
IMM – What does success mean to you in terms of your career?
CT – Success to me in terms of my career is having people be impacted by the words I sing. Lyrics are so important to me and one of the only way I know how to be vulnerable is through my music. I hope people can appreciate that vulnerability and I hope it helps them get through whatever struggles they are going through.
IMM – Who are the top five artists on your ‘recently played’ playlist?
CT – 1. Maren Morris- Rich
- Eric Church- Keep On
- Billy Currington- Doin’ Somethin’ Right
- The Cadillac Three- White Lightening
- Blackjack Billy- Get Some
IMM – Okay, final question: Tell us five things that fans don’t know about Christina Taylor.
CT – 1. I have a whopping 7 animals! 4 Cats and 3 Dogs. My house is basically a zoo!
- I’m very into being physically active. I run a lot and am part of 9rounds which is a kickboxing workout. It is very important to me to be the healthiest version of myself.
- My favorite food is Sweet Potatoes. I LOVE them. I could eat them every day and not get sick of them.
- I am addicted to coffee. I have to drink coffee in the morning and afternoon in order to be normal.
- Scary movies are my favorite movies to watch. I always end up hating myself for it when I’m trying to sleep at night but it always seems like a good idea in the moment.
IMM – Thank you Christina! We look forward to hearing more from you soon!
CT – Thank you SO much for featuring me!! It means so much to me that I have y’alls support.
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