It’s On U with Alexis Taylor
In this edition of the “It’s on U” blog series, we showcase Canadian singer and songwriter, Alexis Taylor. Alexis talks about her experience moving to Nashville on her own, building a successful career as a country singer, and what inspires her to never stop pursuing her passion for music.
“I want my love for music to encourage people and let them know they are not alone in whatever it is they are going through.”
Alexis Taylor knows first-hand what it’s like to make one’s dream a reality. The award-winning country music singer has performed internationally in the United States, Canada, and Europe. With the recent release of her new single “Bend the Truth”, we take a look back at the road that led this girl from a small town in Canada to become a successful artist.
Originally from Huntsville, Ontario, Alexis Taylor always knew she wanted to be a musician from a young age. Alexis grew up in Canada surrounded by music and spent much of her childhood performing in venues. “Both my parents are songwriters and are very musical. Music is a part of me. It has always been in my blood,” Alexis says.
She continued developing her talents studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After school, she decided to pack up her guitar and move to Nashville, Tennessee. She describes the experience of moving to the Music City on her own:
“I think one of the best things about moving to Nashville, Tennessee has been how much I have seen myself grow not only as a musician but as a person. Not knowing anyone upon moving here, it was hard to know which direction to go and what to do. But I am grateful to have met so many amazing people along my journey so far that have been kind enough to help me, and encourage me, and push me to do my absolute best. I think it has really made a difference in my career so far and has truly made me thankful for the people God has brought into my life.”
Her big move paid off. Not long after making her way to Nashville, Alexis rose to international success in the summer of 2016. That year she toured Scandinavia with world-renowned singer/songwriter, Doug Seegers.
Alexis’ music career continued to take off in 2018. Her debut single, Blame The Whiskey, spent ten consecutive weeks in the #1 position on Reverb Nation's provincially ranked country artists charts. That same year, she took home the award for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2018 Tennessee Music Awards.
It takes a lot of courage and commitment for anyone to make it in the music industry. For someone like Alexis, she found her drive not only from her love of music, but also in the power it has to inspire others.
“I want my love for music to encourage people and let them know they are not alone in whatever it is they are going through. Whether it’s falling in love, a bad break up, the best day ever, or the loss of someone they love. I want people to know that they aren’t going through it alone and that they will make it through,” Alexis shared in an interview with Canadian Beats.
More recently, Alexis received the official 2019 nomination for the “Female Rising Star of the Year” at the Jose Music Awards, the largest award show for independent artists which brings together thousands of artists, record labels, music industry professionals, and fans.
As for the future, Alexis says, “I truly can’t see myself not doing music – it’s like it’s a part of me…. I’m not entirely sure where my music will take me in the years to come, but as long as I’m writing songs, and getting to perform them for others, I’ll be the happiest and luckiest girl in the world.”
Check out Alexis Taylor’s hit single Blame the Whiskey and her new song Bend the Truth fully amplified with ZaanU headphones for earbuds.
Follow her on instagram: @alexistaylormusic.