North Carolina native, Taylor Marie, is a young up-and-coming female artist. She was nominated for the Grizzly Rose Best Upcoming Country Artist 2016 and finished in the Top 5 against country acts such as Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and many other talented artists. She has also recently co-written the theme song for the Second Tour Campaign for America’s Veterans. Taylor Marie has opened for artists such as Ray Scott, Mary Sarah, and Adam Wakefield. As a Christian, she prides herself on staying true to those beliefs through her music.
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
I am answering these questions from my hometown of Elizabeth City, NC. I’m wearing jeans, my Tennessee sweatshirt (go Vols) and I have on sanuks for shoes. By the way if you have never worn these shoes before they are super comfy!
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
As an artist I go by Taylor Marie and there are so many things I love about what I do, but most importantly, I love meeting my fans and getting know each of them!
What are three things you CANNOT live without?
Jesus, Sweet Tea and Chocolate!
What’s the first concert you’ve ever attended?
Trick Pony at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC.
How long have you been playing music?
I did my first live performance in the 8th grade talent show at River Road Middle school in my hometown and I wrote my first song at age 15.
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?
I believe this industry teaches you so many life lessons. Most importantly, in the words of Tim McGraw (written by Lori McKenna), “When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you. When the work you put in is realized. Let yourself feel the pride but always stay humble and kind.”
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Music City?
My friends and I love to go to Maggianos on west end or we love Jacks BBQ on Charlotte Ave!
Beer or whiskey?
Whiskey! Jack and Coke.
Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?
If you could duet with any male artist, who would you pick and why?
George Strait! He has been my role model and favorite country music singer since I was a little girl, so singing with him would be a dream come true.
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
Wow such a hard choice. I guess you could say I have a favorite town to play in, and that’s Nashville. Belcourt Taps, Douglas Corner, and many others have been so nice to me and I love playing at these venues!
What’s one gift you will never forget?
My Breedlove guitar that my parents gave to me as a birthday present. That is still my go to guitar for every single show.
What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
I am currently an artist with Boots on Broadway! #TeamBoots is a group of artists who donate their time to come and perform for Music and Your Memory. Music and Your Memory is a nonprofit organization for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We raise funds for these patients and go out to the patients and play music for them. The benefits of music for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia are incredible. This organization is close to my heart as I was a kinesiology major at Shenandoah University and I did my internship in Occupational Therapy. I worked with many patients with memory issues and got to see the benefits of playing music for these individuals. When I got to Music City and learned about #TeamBoots I knew I wanted to be a part of this. Now #TeamBoots is like a family to me. If you’re ever in town when they’re having a benefit show at Belcourt Taps I recommend going! Please donate to this amazing cause and who knows you just might see me there too!
How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
Songwriting is probably my favorite thing to do. I believe that without the songwriters you have no story to tell or silly song to give you a good laugh. Without songwriters we wouldn’t have music on the radio to listen to. The creative process that occurs with songwriting is incredible. I have had the opportunity to write with some of the best writers in the business this year so far and I am honored to have been able to work with them and learn from them.
What’s one super power you wish you had?
I would love to be able to fly! I am always wanting to travel and visit different places so then I could get there a little faster and see the world.
You’re making your favorite sandwich…what’s on it?
It’s pretty basic (laughs) turkey, cheese, lettuce and mayo.
Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
Taylor Swift is probably one of my all-time favorites. As a songwriter she is brilliant and I love her writing style. I also admire Taylor for the way she treats her fans. She is amazing with fans and treats them so well.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Hmm good one! I am always trying to tell silly jokes and make others laugh so I guess just telling jokes and having a good time…Why did the musician go to jail?…they were in treble.
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
…it’s full of friends line dancing to “Copperhead Road.” My friends and I love going to the Wildhorse to dance. We have celebrated my last two birthdays there!
Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
…learn to always stay humble and kind. I am blessed to be a part of country music and I am excited about the journey ahead.
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