“I just love music gear, I’m a total geek all around.”… Yes Hunter Hayes. Me Too.
With that being said, I’m going to take a minute to sing the praises of my Daisy Rock Wildwood Artist Deluxe Acoustic Guitar.
Back in the second grade, I asked my parents for a guitar for Christmas. My parents (knowing nothing about guitar) bought a giant, nylon string, beat up guitar at a yard sale. The neck was too thick and wide for my tiny eight year old hands and the giant body swallowed me up. With hurting hands, I tried to learn basic chords, but I soon grew sick and tired of the guitar and it found a new home in the corner of my bedroom collecting dust…..Fast forward 6 years later, I was inspired to pick up guitar again with help from my guitarist and his daughter, Lisa Caliva, on bass. Lisa and I both tried to overcome the troubles of little hands and big frets.
I was determined to find a guitar to solve my tiny hand dilemma. After fishing through an endless sea of boring brown guitars, a bright red guitar jumped out at me. It was love at first sight with the finish, but I loved it even more when I began to play. My small hand troubles were solved when I picked up a Daisy Rock Wildwood Artist Deluxe Acoustic for the first time. The slim and narrow neck was a perfect fit for my hands! Not only was the neck and body a perfect fit, the guitar was so lightweight and easy to manage! When my band and I play 4 hour shows in downtown Nashville without breaks, lightweight instruments become your best friends.
Daisy Rock sent me a model of the guitar, and I played it onstage the same day I took it out of the package.The tone from the solid spruce top had a brightness to it that cut through the entire band, and the Fishman Presys-201 preamp/pickup system? Pretty awesome.
I have officially been a part of the Daisy Rock family for a year, and I am so honored to be a part of such an amazing group of players lead by the Tish Ciravolo. In addition to being a phenomenal bass player, Tish Ciravolo, founder of Daisy Rock Guitars, is a woman with a mission. Tish is doing whatever it takes to help girls play guitar and pursue music, and she has inspired many girls to start their musical journeys. (Want to find out more about Tish? Check out Lisa’a Bass Blog entry about Tish! http://lisacaliva.com/2013/03/14/bassists-to-know-tish-ciravolo/)
Thanks to Tish, I can finally play guitar with the big boys (tiny hands and all!).
Want to find out more about Daisy Rock Guitars?! Show them some love here!
I can’t believe it’s been FOUR years since I set out on this course to become a singer/songwriter and country music artist. After two years of hard work, I’m so excited to announce the release of my second CD project, and FIRST collection of ALL ORIGINAL songs! None of this would be possible without the love and support from all you – thank you for believing in me and supporting my music!
We’ve already started recording all SIX tracks that will be on the EP. The project is being produced by the amazing Lynn Nichols, who has produced artists such as The Band Perry, Amy Grant, Switchfoot, The Newsboys, ZOEGirl, and more! We’ve been getting a TON of positive feedback from radio personalities, fans, songwriters, and other people who have heard a preview of the new songs, and I can’t WAIT to share them with everyone! All I need to do now is get the CD’s pressed once the project is finished and set up a radio tour so I can get the music played in as many places as possible. But, I need your help to do this – so I am once again calling on the generosity of my fans.
This new project was funded by the amazing support of my family and in part by the success of the CD sales, digital downloads, merchandise sales, and live performance income I’ve been able to make from my first CD project. Again, none of this would have been possible without your support. But, we need just a little more to get the project finished and out to radio and the FANS! That’s why I’ve decided to start my very own Kickstarter campaign.
Here is the link!
We need about $3,000 to finish this project. Your generous contribution will help with final recording costs and the costs for pressing the CD’s and artwork. If we exceed the goal, those funds will be put toward radio touring, advertising, and additional tour dates. In return for your financial gifts, I’m offering some very special rewards – everything from free downloads to a free LIVE concert at your house! Check out the rewards to the right, and whatever you can contribute, from $1 up to $1,000 or higher, will be so greatly appreciated.
I know you will love the new songs, and this project will be a giant leap in my career – together we can make this project a reality a help it to reach as many people as possible. Thank you all so, so much for your incredible support over these past few years!
If you have any questions, please contact my management at email@example.com and be sure to check out my web links on my profile page.
Here we go! Last week, we made the first 2013 Payton Taylor mini-tour. The band and I performed for my amazing sponsor, Damon System Braces, during the 2013 Damon Forum in Orlando, rode as special guests in the Animal Kingdom parade in Walt Disney World, took a little time to relax in Fernandina Beach, and rocked Cotton-Eyed-Joe’s in Yulee, Florida!…PHEW! What a tour!
The band and I packed up the mini-van and headed south to the sunshine state. On the way, we couldn’t help but stop at Honey Boo Boo’s house in McIntyre, Georgia!
Fast forward 10 hours… and we arrived in Orlando Florida!
The band and I geared up to play the 2013 Damon Forum at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Orlando. The crowd was a blast and I got to show off my “Damon Smile” all night long!
The next day, we took some time to explore in Walt Disney World. Once we arrived, we were greeted with a surprise! My band, tech crew, and I were got to ride in the Animal Kingdom Parade as special guests!
We packed up the mini-van and headed to Fernandina Beach, Florida to soak up some sun and have a little fun playing at Cotton-Eyed-Joe’s. (Well, actually a lot of fun!)
Keep on the lookout for our “Florida Tour Recap” video coming soon on my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/paytontaylortv
Happy 2013 Fans!
2013 has already been a whirlwind for the band and I. On January 2nd, we packed up everything and made the move to Nashville officially permanent! Our days of lengthy monthly trips to Nashville from Philadelphia are over. Starting on January 3rd, we hit the ground running and we still haven’t stopped (which is wonderful!). Every Thursday night, we have been playing at “Tequila Cowboy” downtown from 6-10pm. Doesn’t that sound like a long time? Try four hours in heels! PHEW!
On Friday and Sunday, we have been playing at the Opry Mills Mall performing two hour acoustic sets. Having the shows down here have been great! I get to keep my “chops” up by being pushed to my limits every week, and I get to meet a lot of fans every week. Last weekend, we performed for a total of twelve hours! Talk about a workout!
Living in Nashville has its perks! I got to attend a drum clinic with the one and only Rich Redmond! He is the drummer for Jason Aldean and is an amazing role model for aspiring musicians. In addition, we have also been caught in the middle of filming for the television series “Nashville” on ABC several times. My father is going to be an extra on the set of “Nashville” as a Bluebird Cafe patron
What a crazy three weeks! I’m looking forward to meeting you all at my shows this year! If the past three weeks have been any indication of what 2013 has in store, it is going to be an amazing year and I am so happy I get to share it all with you!
This past August marked the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina battering New Orleans. Some areas, like the Lower 9th Ward, are still struggling from the affects and damage of Katrina, seven years later. Payton Taylor, recently became aware of the struggles people in this area still face, so she partnered with non-profit organization, AID STILL REQUIRED, which works to help victims of natural disasters and other tragedies after they fall out of the headlines. She and other artists, like MAROON 5, BONNIE RAITT, and JASON MRAZ will help AID STILL REQUIRED raise the funds they need to help the people of Louisiana.
Watch Payton’s PSA video about Aid Still Required here:
Anyone interested in making a pledge to AID STILL REQUIRED can go to www.AidStillRequired.org, or they can donate via mobile phone by texting the word “AID” to 7-1-7-7-7.
Looking Back On Summer Tour 2012…
As we say goodbye to Labor Day, my band and I leave an incredible summer for the record books. Thanks to my sponsors Damon System Braces, Daisy Rock Guitars, and my generous fan supporters, Summer tour was a huge success. Looking back our all of our shows ( overall, there were 40 of them), the band and I unanimously agree that CMA festival was the highlight of the tour. With 6 shows in 5 days, it was non-stop music and meet and greets throughout the entire festival.
The band and I rocked the Hard Rock Cafe stage in downtown Nashville steadily throughout the weekend, and met some amazing fans from all over the world! It was an incredible experience to have the pleasure of meeting so many of my fans I had never had the opportunity to meet before.
Less than a month afterward, the band loaded up the trusty mini-van for a 18 hour haul to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Summerfest. When I think about Summerfest, I’m still awestruck. The festival was enormous (I guess they really aren’t kidding when they say it’s the world’s largest music festival!)
After an awesome set on the Kohl’s Captivation Station stage, we got to indulge in all Summerfest had to offer before we made the trek home. We got to see Death Cab for Cutie, Hunter Hayes, and the Zac Brown Band all in one night!
Other highlights of the summer included my homecoming concert in my hometown of Washington Township, NJ, my first beach concert in Wildwood, the Philadelphia 4th of July celebration, and the Lincoln County Music Festival when we got to share the bill with the legendary Charlie Daniels!
The memories from this summer seem innumerable, and it was all thanks to you. Thank you for supporting me every step of the way.
A summer compilation video is underway so stay tuned!