Taylor Rae

Singer/songwriter Taylor Rae walks through life projecting a calm self-awareness. And,  while there is an aura of purposeful intent in every stride she takes, every note she sings and  every chord she plays, there is also a sense of natural ease in every action. This is some still  water – and it runs deep. 

It all began in California with Taylor Rae Vencill’s birth in Santa Cruz. Raised in nearby Ben  Lomond, her eclectic musical journey initially took her from the Central Coast to Los  Angeles. Taylor played legendary venues Moe’s Alley, Kuumbwa Jazz, the Catalyst and  Hotel Cafe, and earned spots at popular area festivals, including DIO Fest (Boulder Creek)  and Redwood Mountain Faire (Felton). 

In 2017, Taylor won Santa Cruz NEXTies Musician of the Year Award and the next year she  struck out for Texas, landing in the musical wonderland of Austin. Since then, Taylor has  performed at the legendary Austin nightspot Stubb’s second stage, Nashville’s renowned Bluebird Café, Lexington’s The Lyric Theatre and the Asheville, NC Isis Music Hall. She has  shared the stage with a variety of artists including Brandy Clark, The Stone Foxes, Kristian  Bush and Reggae musician Mike Love. 

Taylor sang her first song, a cover of Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” at the age of two. She  wrote her first song at eight, and by age 10, she had filled entire notebooks with her original  lyrics. Taylor was inspired not only by the natural surroundings of her youth, but also the  music of Bonnie Raitt, King, Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jewel, Simon &  Garfunkel and Steely Dan, among others. Knowing what her future held, Taylor taught  herself guitar at 12 and, by age of 15, played her first paid gig. Since then, she has lived a  nomadic life, coloring a bit outside the lines, and exploring the ever-evolving definitions of  Americana, Folk, Jazz and Blues - and the vagaries of the human condition. She has earned  comparisons to Jones, Maren Morris, Joss Stone and Grace Potter. 

Taylor’s Top 20 Americana Music Album Chart debut, MAD TWENTIES, is the culmination  of a gently chaotic decade lived with fearless determination, and Taylor shows a  sophistication and maturity beyond her 28 years with this collection of 12 originals. Produced  by William Gawley, the project runs the gamut from gentle, acoustic Folk to Led Zeppelin tinged Rock and roadhouse Blues, while also incorporating Jazz and psychedelic influences. 

No Depression says that “The album introduces a singer fully in command of her vocal gifts  and a songwriter who enfolds her lyric sensibility in haunting musical sketches." It is an apt  description for a largely chronological concept album. Taylor’s incisive lyrics cover a broad  emotional landscape, describing a blossoming – then withering – romance in stunning  

confessional detail. The gently rolling opening cut, “Window,” inspired by a psychedelic  experience, affords the first inviting glance into the real-life relationship on which the  majority of songs are based, while the sweetly romantic first single, “Fixer Upper,” offers a  dreamy optimistic view forward. The paths of touring musician and romantic partner  converge in the free-ranging, B3-laden “Home on the Road,” an Americana Music Chart Top  15 single. Taylor’s vocal prowess for searing Blues/Rock is demonstrated in the electrifying  “Forgiveness.” Other highlights include the raw, edgy vibe of the politically charged “Never  Gonna Do” - a brief but compelling detour from the album’s autobiographical element. The  collection closes out with “Taking Space,” a darkly bittersweet epilogue to the love story.

“Recording the album was very cathartic; it reflects my own personal journey of self actualization, awareness and growth,” admits Taylor. “It’s easier to look back on this journey  and relationship with gratitude now.” 

Since the release of MAD TWENTIES, Taylor’s journey has found her touring non-stop in  support of the album, doing countless live shows, podcast interviews, and radio and television  appearances to bring her to audiences and critics alike. High profile appearances include  Circle TV, Ditty TV, Woodsongs and Mountain Stage.  

When Taylor is not working on music, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga and spending time  with her long-haired dachshund, Winnie. 

Showtimes

Wed, Jun 22 - 7:00 PM
Little Theatre Roots & Americana Series
Club Pass or $30/door

Wed, Jun 22 - 9:15 PM
Little Theatre Roots & Americana Series
Club Pass or $30/door

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