Written by Jill Sheets
Canadian singer Bree Taylor has been writing songs since she was young. She says it has helped her get through hard times by writing songs about what she has gone through, or even what her loved ones go through. Keep reading and learn more about her, her music, her favorite karaoke songs, and find out what RiseUp TV is all about.
R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in the music business.
B: I’m a singer-songwriter and actress from Toronto, Ontario. I’ve been writing songs since I was a little kid and have always had a love for music. Music has gotten me through some of the toughest times in my life – having been bullied all throughout my school years, music and writing are what helped me cope. My parents enrolled me in piano and voice lessons when I was a kid, and I participated in choirs all throughout grade school. I put my music ambitions on hold while pursuing my degree in University and after I graduated, I started pursuing my dream of performing and recording music. This is what I have been doing the past couple years and I’m really fortunate to have come as far as I have.
R: Tell us about your single “What You’re Looking For.”
B: Well, like all my songs, this song is based off a specific experience in my life that inspired me. I write from the heart, and I like my lyrics to reflect honest emotions. However, this song has become about so much more than the experience that inspired it initially. It is about how so many guys nowadays don’t know what they want when it comes to a relationship or dating, and end up wasting a great girl’s time playing games. With all the dating apps now, guys find it so easy to meet girls and are so often looking for something casual, with a fear of commitment. They’ve gotten lazy when it comes to romance, pursuing a woman, letting a relationship develop naturally over time, and getting to know someone.
This song is about having the self respect to walk away from a situation or person that does not fulfil you or give you what you want. We all deserve to feel loved and wanted and to be someone’s number one, and that’s what I want people to take away from the song.
R: Tell us about some of your other songs.
B: I have released two other singles before this current one. My first single, “Broken Dreams,” came out in September 2016 and is about a breakup I went through that felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath my feet. It’s about when you spend time with someone, get to know them, start falling in love, and they just bail and leave and end things with no explanation. My second single that came out in February 2017 is called “Perfect,” and it is about the pressures we put on ourselves and feel growing up to be perfect. It’s about how we never feel good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough – just never enough. Regardless of that, the message of the song is that imperfections are beautiful and to love yourself first no matter what. At the end of the day we are all strong, resilient, beautiful women and are our own versions of perfect.
B: Yes! I will be part of the RiseUp TV tour in May 2018. We are touring across Canada starting in Vancouver, BC and ending in Montreal, QC. There are lots of shows booked over the span of two weeks and it is all being filmed for RiseUp TV, airing in Fall 2018. We are also in the process of booking more of my own shows for next spring and summer, so updates will be up on my website www.BreeTaylor.com as they get added.
R: Not only do you sing, but you write your own music. What is your writing process?
B: Yes! I love songwriting – it is such a therapeutic process for me. I usually write about a topic that is close to my heart, which is why my music is so personal. I get inspired by things that I or my friends and family go through – mainly my life experiences and interactions. There really isn’t one way that I approach songwriting, to be honest. I typically start with an idea or concept of some sort – what I want the song to be about – and then go from there. I also love to collaborate with other talented writers, which is such a great experience; it brings another element and voice to the song and helps it in a cool direction.
R: Where can people get your music?
B: My music is available everywhere – Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Soundcloud, YouTube, etc. Wherever you love to stream or download your music, you can find me! Links to everything can be found on my website www.BreeTaylor.com
R: Tell us about RiseUp TV.
B: RiseUp TV, as I briefly mentioned earlier, is a TV show following artists and bands behind the scenes as we tour and perform across Canada. You get to see what goes on during the tour, our performances and how we prepare, what it’s like touring with other artists, and all the behind the scenes stuff along the way. It is going to be extremely exciting and fun to be around so many talented musicians, performing and connecting with fans.
R: Who are some of your favorite singers?
B: I love so many artists! I grew up listening to various genres of music. Both my parents were big music fans, so I listened to all of their albums. Some artists I love are Elton John, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles, Blink-182, Sum41, Amanda Marshall, Shania Twain, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Halsey, Kelly Clarkson, Dixie Chicks, Miley Cyrus, Michelle Branch, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett…seriously, the list goes on!
R: If you could travel back in time, where would you go, what area and why?
B: That is such a tough question – there are so many possibilities! I am a bit of an old soul, so I would probably want to go back to the late 50s or early 60s to the golden age of Hollywood. Considering my love of music and film, it would be so incredible to go back to the time when it all started growing into the culture it has become and when some of the best music and films were created. I would love to grow up in that era and get to experience the 70s and 80s – some of my favorite musicians and movies were from those time periods.
R: What are your top five karaoke songs that you like to sing?
B: “Man! I feel like a Woman” – I love singing anything Shania Twain, but this is a classic.
“Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus – it’s one of my all time favorite songs.
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey – one of those songs that you just can’t help but sing along to.
“I Love Rock N Roll” by Joan Jett – one of my long time favs to sing since I was a kid
“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood – I love all her music, and this song is so much fun!
R: I read that you are a social media/ PR guru. How did that get started?
B: Well thank you – I try! I was obsessed with social media at a young age; the digital world always fascinated me. Whenever something new like Twitter came out I would be on it – I remember the day Twitter first became a thing, no one in my school even knew what it was. I also went to University for Media Studies and I specialized in Public Relations, so we learned a lot about marketing and social media and its benefits in the media world. I chose my program because as a singer-songwriter, I wanted to take something that would give me knowledge and skills that would benefit me in this career (knowing I would be pursuing music once I graduated). I also got my first job out of school as a social media manager, so that helped as well.
R: It is not easy being a teenager these days. What advice would you give them?
B: I completely agree. It wasn’t easy for me growing up either, so I can definitely relate. I would tell them to be themselves no matter what – to not be afraid to shine, or to be different, and to not let someone else’s opinion of them define them or make them want to change who they are. Love whatever and whomever they want to love, embrace whatever makes them unique or different, and love themselves no matter what. Know that whatever they are going through, especially the bad, they are strong and they will get through it. Keep a positive outlook no matter how hard it may be and always try to see a silver lining in any situation.
R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?
B: I don’t get asked very many strange questions actually. If I really think about it – I guess the strangest question I have ever been asked is probably “are you aware that you look like Katy Perry?” I get that ALL the time. People are always asking me if I know that I look like her or saying that I look like her, which is a HUGE compliment because she is gorgeous, but it gets super awkward sometimes, especially when I hear it a lot.
R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?
B: Yes! My official website is www.BreeTaylor.com and I am on all social media sites!
R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
B: I want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for loving and supporting me and my music, especially this new single. I really pour my heart and soul into my music and to know that people are enjoying it and connecting with the song really means a lot to me and makes me feel like I am doing my job. I can’t wait to see you all at a show or event in the future!
R: Bree, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.
B: Thank you so much! It’s been great talking with you as well – I am so grateful to be here.
Picture credit: Bree Taylor