Oregon indie singer-songwriter Taylor John Williams has been working non-stop to get his music out to the public since his debut on season 7 of The Voice. If you watched him on the show, it’s pretty easy to say that he can hold his own when it comes to performing to a live audience. It’s a completely different ball game when he’s performing in a small, vibe-y room with a stage the size of a shoebox.
Williams made an adventure to the heart of Hollywood to perform in one of the more popular venues for indie singer-songwriters called the Hotel Cafe. The mid-March show was not only his first Los Angeles show, but also the first show with his newly formed backup band. The night was not just any other show for the venue as Williams was prepared to let his audience get a special preview of his upcoming full-length release.
The show began with Williams crooning alone on the stage before his band mates joined him for “Song Of A Dead Man.” He used his stage time to really inform his audience of where his songs originated from, whether state of mind or relationship status, and was a perfect outlet to show his versatile vocal range. Williams also got to introduce us to his live instrumental style, in which he easily transitioned from upbeat to slow-paced with ease. You also couldn’t help imagining keyboards being a part of some of the songs when there was no keyboard on stage, and being impressed with the fact that he played an acoustic track on the electric guitar without being over-the-top. The night ended with his debut single “The Mates of Soul” and with the entire crowd pulling a Mean Girls Christmas talent show scene when he needed to adjust his microphone.
Taylor John already gave us a taste of the type of music he’s be releasing in his EP Song Of A Dead Man, so it was no surprise that the remainder of the 11 song set had that same hauntingly emotional vibe to them. His performance style has a passionate, old soul vibe that draws you into whatever state of emotion that he was in when he wrote the song being played out on stage. If he was conveying sadness, you felt his sadness. If he was conveying joy, you felt his joy. Basically if The Fault In Our Stars was made into a movie this year Taylor John Williams would’ve been a perfect edition to the compilation.
As of the moment, Taylor John Williams has stolen the spotlight from the contestants that finished in higher ranks on his season of The Voice. He gave his audience a great blend of gloomy and emotional indie folk as well as peppy, almost big band-esque, indie pop. Williams is a perfect fit for the Hotel Cafe and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a residency there.
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