Strong yet soft. Refined yet imperfect. Taylor Crawford embraces the fragility of what it means to be human with her raw vulnerability and humble stage presence that allows you to be caught off guard with her quirky humor and old soul wit. With songs drenched in spiritual depth and universal truths, her sophomore EP Heal is the exhibition of an uncharted creative process that was necessary for an inner healing and deep diving expedition during the demolition of life as Taylor knew it. Her boundless approach required a tender-hearted self in reliance on carefully cultivated relationships that she could entrust to help her metamorphize loss, personal insecurity, and hopelessness into acceptance, growth, and empowerment. She is a powerful Long Beach, California-based singer-songwriter currently running her very own teaching studio to inspire the artists of tomorrow while simultaneously creating and sharing her voice and truth.
Who is Taylor Crawford? Where are you from?
I am a Long Beach, California-based Singer-Songwriter and private music educator. I moved to California from San Antonio, TX when I was 18 to pursue an independent music career and a self-discovery mission. I had no idea I would be here almost 7 years later still cutting my teeth and still striving for the dream, but I’m finally starting to make way as a new business owner.
Describe the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as an artist?
One of the biggest obstacles with music has been resources and learning to cultivate an inner-guidance system. There’s a heavy saturation of what to do and who to be to keep up with “industry standards”. It’s so easy to feel lost and confused about who you are as an artist while listening to what other people say about who you have to be to “make it”. While trying to sort out how to be “successful” as an artist today, it’s been quite the process to figure out who I am while I climb that mountain. I didn’t come from a very wealthy background, so finding the means to make certain visions come to life has been a game in itself and constant anxiety. I get an idea and then half the battle is figuring out how to execute it and pay bills at the same time!
How have you developed your career?
It’s been a lot of trial and error. Though I feel like I haven’t had all the support in the world from the beginning, I was extremely blessed to meet a producer at the start that was pure and believed in me. He is my mentor and without his guidance and support, I feel like I might have quit the journey a long time ago. I’ve played a lot of shows. I’ve tried to co-write and learn from others as much as I can. It’s been seemingly forever, and I still feel like I have a long way to go. I’m really excited about this next record that I’ve been writing though!
When do your ideas come to you?
If you check out my Instagram, you’ll see that at least 3 days out of the week I am running on the beach. That seems to be the place where magic comes out of nowhere, and I try to log it in my phone while I run. But songs come at all hours and moods of the day!
What is your favorite song you have written and why?
This is a hard one to answer, but I also love this question. I think there are a current favorite and an all time favorite.
My all-time favorite would have to be “Walls” that’s off my first record California. It’s a memorable tune for me, because when I wrote it I was expressing a deep truth about my relationship with my father. It was a call for love, and it was so vulnerable to write at first that I almost didn’t show it to my producer, Mack. Luckily, I did and he loved it.
My current favorite is a new song I wrote called American Dream, because it feels really relatable and melodically I feel like I’ve made progress in my songwriting.
Which artist would you love to collaborate with and why?
I love love love Sia, because she’s pop but she writes really deep and meaningful lyrics. It’s been a growing fear that Pop music is conditioning the youth to believe that destructive relationships, drugs, materialism, and sex are normal. Sia writes pop music, but her albums have so much depth to them. I appreciate that about her, and I just love her sensibility as a writer.
Where can we expect to see you in 5 years?
I have never had any desire to be famous. I just wanted to do what I love and making music is exactly that and sharing my music is exactly that. I don’t know what that really looks like according to the current standard, but I’ve been looking for a tribe of people who want to receive more of what I have to say. So, hopefully, in 5 years I will be a singing/songwriting mommy with a club of people who like to hear how I interpret life through song.
What’s your idea of success as an artist? When will you feel like you’ve made it?
Success is knowing who you are and doing it on purpose. That constantly changes, but I think I’ll feel like I’ve made it when being who I am and doing it on purpose helps others and helps me take care of my family.
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