Singer and songwriter Taylor John Williams, known for his success on season seven of NBCs “The Voice”, quickly transitioned from an unknown crooner, to a full blown force. While Williams may be most well known for his covers of popular hits such as Lorde’s “Royals” and Tears For Fears’ “Mad World”, it’s within his original works that his distinctive artistry truly becomes apparent. Both of his independently released EPs ("Song of a Dead Man"/"Hiraeth") contain a barrage of thoughtful, forthright lyricism delivered through a stylistic blending of folk and soul. .
There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles attached to the music crafted and performed by the 25 year old songwriter from Oregon. He’s not what you’d call a working pioneer of sonic experimentation. Instead his allure comes from a certain visceral desperation to make a living as a storyteller; a raconteur through the medium of simple melody and time. His love for music came at a young age, having been drawn to the infectious quality of 90s pop hits. As he transitioned into his teenage years, he developed a deeper passion for music with something honest to say. He began frequently writing poetry, which slowly morphed into songwriting after fiddling with his uncle's old acoustic Yamaha and discovering his natural ability with the instrument. Immersing himself in the albums of impassioned singer-songwriters such as Jeff Buckley, Jack White, and Glen Hansard, Williams was inspired to begin compiling his own pallet of original music. At 18, Taylor took his ambitions 100 miles north of his home town to the quirky Portland music scene. After years of open mics, lounge gigs paying in “exposure”, and intoxicated audiences, Williams decided to throw caution to the wind and audition for a spot on the massively viewed singing competition “The Voice”. Needless to say, he did a little better than he'd imagined. In an interview with Brass Media, he explains, “I had always had my reservations about reality singing competitions and swore that would never be me, but there was a shift in my thinking and I figured, what the hell? Could be a good time. I attended the open call auditions in LA and had low expectations. I didn’t think I was the kind of person they were looking for. ... Low and behold, I ended up doing pretty well.” After completing his time on the show, Taylor returned to his first love of songwriting and more personal performances. His highly successful “Racon Tour”, which placed him in the living rooms of fans all along the west coast proved to be a very spirit cleansing experience. “I had a wonderful time on “The Voice”, but I also desperately missed the magic that happens in a room of 50 or so people that are there simply to hear your stories. It always reminds me of why I do what I do.”
Taylor will be devoting the rest of 2016 to live performances and composing additional music for his debut full length album.