Indie artist Taylor Tote has always known she would be a singer. However, the decision to make music her career was not an easy process. Together with Anthony Flora (drums), Tom Briant (lead guitar), Julian Michalski (bass), and Nick Piescor (guitar), she has forged ahead, following her dream to make music that crosses all genre lines.
Non-traditional is just right. Tote combines elements from all genres in her songs. Some are pop, others have a distinct rock flavor, but all feature the vast vocal range that makes her a stand out. Tote explains, “I love all types of music. I love singing blues. I love singing rock. I love singing pop. I love singing everything.” Through diversity in her music, Tote will develop her own style and find her place in the music industry. Mixing it up does not stop at vocals, and for Tote, adding a myriad of instrumental influences just makes sense. On her self-titled EP, a string ensemble brings a haunting, powerful background to two of the songs. Briant tries his hand at playing a mandolin in the “Superman” video, which provides an unmistakable fresh tone to a song wrought with emotion. Saxophone and trumpets give a jazz or blues feel to other selections on the album.
Breaking up is hard to do. In the song, “Superman”, lyrics say, “Save me from the world/Fly me into your heart” and are indicative of the point she was at the time. Suffering the after effects of ending a long term relationship, Tote pours her heart out in a song that reinforces the fact that we are all looking for a super hero to love. The one person who loves unconditionally and has the unique power to ‘save’ us from an unforgiving world.
Go for it! When Tote graduated high school, she knew it was time to get serious. She enrolled at the local community college, thinking that there always had to be a backup plan, in case a career in music did not work out. But, Tote knew that it was all or nothing. With her family behind her and determination to succeed on her side, she abandoned the backup plan and threw herself into music. To help fund the video for “Superman”, Tote garnered financial backing from local businesses. In return, they were prominently featured in the program for the video release party. It was a huge success and offset the cost of production. Since there is very little assistance for students who wish to pursue careers in the arts or entertainment, Tote took a percentage of the money raised and established a scholarship at her alma mater to help graduates continue their education. Currently unsigned, Tote will be performing live at many events this Summer, while working on her first full-length album.