It’s honestly pretty cool to see what roads artists go down during their careers, and it’s cooler when you can say you watched from (sort of) the beginning (or rather, a point in time when no one else was talking about the artist). I remember hearing Taylor Alexander over at FTB Podcasts about eight or nine months ago, and I knew right away I had to cover his material.
For starters, the man had an awesome voice, and while his three song EP Real Good At Saying Goodbye was a little short in terms of the quantity, it wasn’t short on quality. It was solid, sort of retro-leaning neo-traditional country music that was right up my alley, and I was excited to hear a full album down the road.
Flashing forward a little bit to right now, Taylor right now is part of the Voice, having completed his blind audition just a couple days ago (at least I believe it was the blind audition according to my research. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong on that though), and is now on Adam Levine’s team (surprising, but interesting all the same). Now, I’ll be honest, when I heard he had performed a cover of Cher’s “Believe”, I was more than a little skeptical. I mean, was this the same artist I had first heard all those months ago?
Well yeah, it was, and I also just confirmed that I was an ignorant dolt in the process.Folks, it sounds weird that this could be pulled off, but Taylor did, giving the song a neo-traditional spin (seriously, the fiddle and banjo I hear accompanying it is a nice touch, and a different side from his EP that was mostly filled with pedal steel).
So what’s the point of this article? Well folks, Taylor’s now got the power to get his music shared by a wide audience, and dammit, he deserves it all the same. The point of it is what exactly what it says in the title – keep an eye on him, because he was, and still is damn great.