Debut Album collaboration with Matt Steele
Taylors forthcoming album is a collaboration with MD, composer, pianist and arranger Matt Steele (Jersey Street, Brand New Heavies, Errol Brown). Joining the dots between Rotary Connection, Joni Mitchell and Prince, the album boasts a broad spectrum of jazz inspired music moving seamlessly from Electronic Funk, lilting Afrobeat and delicious vocally arranged Soul to beautiful dark Jazz ballads. With the pairs carefully crafted songs and production boasting occasionally eccentric future-funk grooves, lavish stacks of vocal hamrony and Matts electro-soul synth wizadry, the album will also feature some of the UKs top Jazz, Funk and Soul players and is definitely set to be one to watch out for 2015.
Whether found on stage, behind a Rhodes piano performing inspiring soulful material or coaxing electrfying riffs over funk grooves from her bright white keytar soulful vocalist Taylor Jackson has an astonishing breadth of musicality.
With a large and diverse vocal range, she is as at home performing intimate atmospheric jazz ballads with fluid soulful adlibs as she is slipping into the raw power of a Funk-Soul diva. Her performances are always inspirational. entertaining and energising.
A composer and performer of music since age 4. and with a Classical composition degree under her belt from the Royal Northern College of Music, Taylor spent several years writing music for television and film and writing, arranging and doing vocal and piano sessions for other artists before embarking on her own project. She currently divides her time between a pop/jazz vocal teaching residency at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, gigging and working on her latest album project with acclaimed UK Jazz Funk keyboard, composer and arranger Matt Steele.
In March 2013, Taylor released her first original music solo EP ‘Roots’, a British acoustic soul EP produced by Joel Atkins. 'Roots' has so far been aired on BBC Radio Manchester and other Northern radio as well as live performances at events and venues including Glastonbury Festival, Kendall Calling, The Bedford and Proud in Camden, Matt n Phreds, Band on the Wall and Monteflavio festival, Rome.
With a simple line-up of vocals. keys, cajon and bass and a collection of head-nodding grooves positively dripping with soul-filled harmonies, the ‘Roots’ EP succinctly summarises some of the struggles and triumphs of life. It is in the lyrical content that some of Taylor’s keyinfluences such as Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell can be seen as she chooses to focus on politics and modern day ethics handling difficult topics deftly.
The EP has already received over 12000 plays online and this social media response and rapidly expanding growing fan base have nicely paved the way for her larger scale debut album...