Indie singer-songwriter Taylor John Williams has kept himself pretty busy since his appearance on season 7 of The Voice. Not only did he release his first single “The Mates of Soul,” but he also self-released his debut EP Song of a Deadman in less than a one year time frame since departing from the show. I do commend artists who stay productive in getting their music out there, especially those who come from reality singing competition shows such as The Voice.
Williams starts off Song of a Deadman strongly with the genre bending “The Middle Of Ohio,” in which he showcases that not only can he release a flawless indie folk song with impressive harmonies but he can also have a chance a crossing over into the country genre if he REALLY wanted to. The EP’s title track follows the happy-go-lucky beginning song and sets up the listener for hypnotizing narrations of the lives of Johnny Cash and Jeff Buckley. Williams’ haunting guitars and howling vocals make you picture him sitting at a campfire in the woods while he retells these stories in song form. The remastering of “The Mates of Soul” has a little more pep in its step and proves to us that he can smoothly change a song to become a more attention grabbing version without trying too hard.
The final two tracks on the EP are more emotional in tone and remind us that artists pour their lives out for us in their music. “Castle” is a lullaby-esque track that plays into that idea of how being unsure of what our future will hold terrifies us, which can hit home for some as Williams lets his listener in on his hopes and dreams that he has for his life. Ending song “We’re Gonna Be OK” continues that open and sensitive vibe as he croons about falling in love and it not working out even though you can’t see your life without that person in it.
It’s not an easy road for artists that come from reality singing competition show regardless of if you win. However, it’s extremely impressive that he’s accomplished this much in a short amount of time without being the winner of his season. In fact, Taylor John Williams is probably one of the most productive contestants from his season thus far (not including Team Adam Levine contestant Matt McAndrew who will be touring with Maroon 5) and I can’t wait to see where Song of a Deadman will take him in his career.