GAMBO, NL – While the passion was always there, 15-year-old Hayley Taylor didn’t find her way into music until a couple of years ago.
But once she found her voice and sound, the Gambo teen has been moving forward at a pace that’s befitting her “crank it up” original.
Hayley first started performing when she was 12, taking in various functions throughout the central Newfoundland area and eventually making her way to Citadel House in Lewisporte.
After a number of performances, she was approached about signing with Citadel House, and in March entered into a three-year, three-album recording contract.
She prepared six songs for her first album, and between late spring and early summer went into the recording studio, laying down tracks about flying down the racetrack, close friends, dancing with boys, and living a Newfoundland lifestyle.
“It was nerve wracking at first, not being used to it,” Hayley said of the recording process. “But after a while you get into the groove, with other musicians adding more instruments – it starts to become fun, and you get to see what you write transform into this beautiful sound.”
On Aug. 25 “Here We Go!” was released, and the album has played well for her. The single “Crank it Up” has been played at racetracks across the province, and she has been performing at festivals throughout central Newfoundland and has done a singer/songwriter show for Rogers.
Hayley also used the recording opportunity as a means of giving back. Two dollars from the sale of “Here We Go!” is donated to the Janeway Children’s Hospital. At a recent performance at the VOCM Happy Tree Concert in Gander, she took an additional $2 from album sales and $4 from shirt sales to donate to the Happy Tree.
And that’s just the start.
Hayley plans to keep the momentum going, and is already preparing songs for her next album. This time she will be looking at 12 tracks.
To preview Hayley’s track, visit hayleytaylormusic.com or hayleytalormusic.ca