Country singer and songwriter Alexis Taylor was raised in the small town of Huntsville, Ontario. From a young age, she showed great love and passion for music through her songwriting and acoustic guitar playing. After making her very first trip to Nashville, Tennessee, Alexis decided to make the move to Music City.
Since first stepping onto the scene in 2016, she has racked up over 200,000+ streams across all platforms and has opened for artists such as Doug Seegers, Marshall Tucker Band, Love and Theft, and Meghan Patrick. She has also received numerous nominations and awards such as “Female Vocalist of The Year” at the 2018 Tennessee Music Awards and “Modern Country Vocalist of The Year” at the 2020 Josie Music Awards.
As Alexis gets ready to release her newest single “Cool With That” to radio, she continues to work on new music that she is planning to release in early 2021.
- What passion project are you working on these days?
One project that I am about to start working on is the making of my very first EP album! It has been something that I have been planning to do for a while now, so it will be great to get back into the studio and recording again! I will be recording the album in Nashville, Tennessee with award-winning producer John Willis who is absolutely amazing to work with. I plan to release the album in early 2021 and am really excited about sharing my new music with my fans. I can’t wait!
- What first inspired you to become a musician? What was your training?
Growing up in a musical family, a lot of my inspiration came from watching and listening to my parents perform. My house was always filled with music, and I wanted nothing more than to follow in my parents’ footsteps. They truly played a big part in my desire to pursue music and were great role models to look up to. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to take numerous classes at Berklee College of Music in Boston, attend songwriting seminars through NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) and take vocal lessons with Renee Grant-Williams (who has worked with artists like Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Faith Hill and many more). The knowledge that I have learned from each course and training session has definitely allowed me to grow as a musician, and further improve my singer/songwriter capabilities.
- What are some challenges that you have faced while building a career in the arts and how did you overcome them?
There are many challenges that I have faced over the years while trying to build a music career, but after facing these problems, it has given me more perspective. The disappointments have made me stronger, and the setbacks have made me more driven. Problems like recording costs, touring expenses, and putting a team together of people you can trust can be difficult, but it is all a learning process. If anything, it has taught me to be more self-sufficient, keep your head up, and work harder. I have heard “no” way more times than I have heard “yes”. I have spent way too much money on recording a song that I ended up not releasing. I have hired people who did not have my best interest at heart. But if it weren’t for all those challenges I had to face along the way, I would not be where I am today.
- What lessons have you learned that has proven the most valuable?
One of the lessons that I have learned that has proved to be extremely valuable is to never stop believing in yourself. You’re going to mess up, you’re going to fail more than a few times – but getting back up and trying again even when you don’t feel like it is what really matters most. Although it might seem like an easy lesson to learn, I am still learning to do it every day. No one else is going to believe in you if you can’t even believe in yourself. You just have to realize that obstacles and problems will come; life is full of them. But it is so important to have the self-confidence to believe in yourself and what you are doing because once you realize that, you will be unstoppable!
- What is your WHY? (why do you do what you do?)
My why behind my music is simply because I love it. I can’t picture myself doing anything else. It has always been a part of me ever since I was a little girl. I have tried to walk away before, to pursue a different career when I started college, but I missed music too much. Singing, writing, playing, and performing… every aspect of music is my passion, and it always will be no matter what.