Taylor Rae

Sat, Aug 03, 2024

Taylor Rae


Taylor Rae is a singer-songwriter who was born in Santa Cruz, California and raised in the

quaint town of Ben Lomond, nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains.

She sang her first song at the age of 2, a cover of Carole King’s “It’s Too Late”, and began to

write her own music at 8. By the time she was ten, she had filled countless notebooks with her

original lyrics. Inspired by the natural beauty of her hometown, as well as the music of artists

such as Bonnie Raitt, King, Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jewel, Simon & Garfunkel

and Steely Dan, Taylor taught herself guitar at 12 and by the time she was 15, she was playing

her first paid gig.

The next decade of her life saw her wandering around the U.S., exploring the many forms of

Americana, Folk, Jazz and Blues and the changing attitudes of the world. Her music, often

compared to that of Grace Potter, Joss Stone and Maren Morris Grace Potter, earned her a spot

in the Top 20 Americana Music Album Chart for her debut record MAD TWENTIES - a collection

of 12 originals produced by William Gawley, spanning from gentle, acoustic Folk to Led

Zeppelin-tinged Rock and roadhouse Blues, with some Jazz and psychedelic influences thrown

in for good measure. The single off the album, “Home on the Road”, remained in the Top 10 of

the Americana Music Singles Chart for five consecutive weeks and the album remained in the

Top 50 for 31 consecutive weeks.

In 2022, Taylor embarked on a busy tour to promote MAD TWENTIES, performing shows

across the nation and making a slew of podcast, radio and television appearances. She made

an impressive 28 city tour between January and May of that year, playing festivals such as

MerleFest, AmericanaFest, DelFest, Rochester Jazz Festival and sharing the stage with artists

like Sierra Hull, Pokey LaFarge, The Head and the Heart, Brandy Clark & Judith Hill. Some of

her most memorable shows in the last year have been at NPR Mountain Stage (Charleston,

WV), Woodsongs (Lexington, KY), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN), Sony Hall (NYC) & the historic

Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX.

When she is not working on music, Taylor loves to read, practice yoga and spend time with her

beloved long-haired dachshund, Winnie, at her home in Austin, TX.