“Music is not only what I do, it’s who I am”–Meet Doreen Taylor
I ran across Doreen Taylor a week or so ago. Our meeting was one one those ‘by chance’ events. I met her on Twitter. A place I have met a number of aspiring artists. When I meet one I like, you usually read about them here on Country’s Chatter. And this one, I really like.
Most of you know me as a ‘traditional country music’ fan. And, while that is true, I haven’t ever said I don’t like today’s country… It’s just that I don’t usually like it as well as I like the ‘traditional’ stuff. Now that we got that out of the way, let me tell you about this young lady, whose talents are right up there with Faith Hill, Jo Dee Messina, Martina McBride, Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson and Linda Ronstadt. Those ladies are ones she lists among her influences in the “About” section on her web site. She doesn’t stop with country musical influences, however. You’ll also see names on that list like Heart, Patti LaBelle, and Brittany Spears.
Doreen has her masters degree in opera performance, and has played ‘numerous leading roles in various companies on and off Broadway- including Christine in Phantom of the Opera opposite musical theater legend, Davis Gaines’. She has a very impressive resume, and an even more impressive voice! She says she can sing anything from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga (with a lot of names in between). But this is where you get to be the critic. Please go listen to her music, and decide for yourself. I listened to all of it. And it didn’t take me very long to know that this is a performer I would enjoy seeing in concert. I’m already a huge fan of her music.
She sings, she writes, and she cares. Her bio tells us she is an advocate for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and has raised thousands of dollars for that organization. She also supports our troops and their families, and one of her recent projects was her book and CD, “Coming Home,” where she donated the profits to the Special Operations Warriors Foundation (SOWF), and even hosted a red carpet, celebrity gala in their honor in Philadelphia, Pa.
Her CD is called “Magic”. It is available online, through her website, and on Amazon. The 11 songs on this CD are all winners. I didn’t say they are all country, I said they are all very good. I love the way she does “Summertime”. “Another Rainy Night in Memphis” is one of my favorites. (I think I’d like to see her duet that one with, I don’t know, maybe David Nail). “Last Call (For Alcohol)” is a fast, catchy, fun song. I am really impressed with this girl’s vocals. I think you all will be, too. The other eight songs on the CD are “Music’s My Magic,” “Judgement Day,” “K.I.S.S.”, “Hearbeat”, “Good Girls Wanna Be Bad,” “Perfect For Me,” “Better Call me a Lady,” and “Baby, C’mon’.
Check out this video of Doreen’s “Last Call (for Alcohol)”.
You’re going to get a little bit of everything from Doreen Taylor. Just listening to her, I can imagine her on a Broadway stage, or a country concert stage. She’s multi-talented. I believe she can do anything.
In addition to Doreen’s web site, please follow her on Twitter @DoreenTaylor. She has a facebook page, so be sure to check that out – and please ‘Like’ the page while you’re there.
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