Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My parents named me after James Taylor so I suppose music was always in my future. I got my first guitar at age 12 and began singing and writing ever since. I would make my parents sit down for a “concert” every night to hear random songs I was writing about heartbreak at 13 (a subject I didn’t have any knowledge on at the time). From there, I would gig at local restaurants and bars every weekend.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
In “Parking Lot” I reference an apartment number, which seemed to bother some of the folks that knew of/ lived there in the past. It was very difficult to get across the message that this song was supposed to be flattering regarding my memories of that apartment! The relationship that began, thrived and shaped who I am today literally started in that parking lot. I don’t regret a single second of the years I spent with him and the memories made in that parking lot. Ironically, my current boyfriend and I fell in love while he was producing “Parking Lot” so perhaps my next single should be called “Recording Studio” LOL with a better ending, of course.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
For me, the most important thing about making music is the authenticity aspect. Writing from personal experiences is the only way that I know how to write. In order to not “burn out” you have to be brutally honest with yourself and your listeners.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My mom! Every time I write a song, she is the first person I play it for. Since I tend to write from personal experiences and relationships, she keeps me grounded and ensures I don’t cross a line I might regret in the future.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I want women in the industry not to shy away from releasing raw and honest material. Everyone has emotions and stories, it’s your prerogative to share those experiences without feeling guilty of hurting someone’s feelings because it’s YOUR LIFE.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her!” -Wuthering Heights
Heathcliff losing Catherine, but is constantly reminded of her presence on this earth. I think of this quote in a self-reflective manner. I’m terrified of losing myself and the happiness that I have. So I keep this message close.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Taylor____Brooke on IG
taaaylorbroooke on Twitter