Toronto born, LA-based YouTube Star and singer-songwriter, Bree Taylor took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with us in our newest segment of Five Quesitons With. She has recently released a video for her single, “What You’re Looking For” which you can check out below, while you learn more about her with our mini interview!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Bree Taylor and I am a singer-songwriter from Toronto, ON. A few things about me – my favourite colour is purple; I am obsessed with glitter and my dog Aria, my favourite food is pizza, I make planner stickers and sell them online and I am also a YouTuber and love acting as well. I have been writing music since I was a little kid and it has been my biggest dream since I can remember. Writing and performing music has been my way of channelling my emotions, baring my inner thoughts and feelings to the world and is such a therapeutic process for me.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My music is classified as Pop music but what I love about Pop is that I can dabble with so many other genres and sounds with every song. I don’t love just one style of music. Having grown up with such a diverse musical interest, my sound tends to shift depending on what I’m feeling and I think that is what is unique and interesting about my music. My first single had some EDM mixed with classical piano and my current single “What You’re Looking For” – we played with some country music sounds. I love country music, especially modern pop/country so it’s been so exciting to explore that within my own music.
I’ve always written from the heart. When I’m writing a song I have to pull from some kind of experience that myself or someone close to me has gone through. I find that I’ve always been a storyteller, especially through my lyrics so almost all my songs are really personal in some way and filled with meaning. When I’m writing I start with a story or experience and then come up with lyrics surrounding that and then from there I work on melodies/chord progressions. I have also been working with my talented producer and co-writer who really guides me and challenges me and my songwriting.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
I will be touring across Canada for RiseUpTV in May 2018 (dates are on my website and info on how to get tickets will be posted). We are also in the process of booking more shows for the spring/summer 2018.
My performance style is raw, real and emotional. I pour my heart into my music so that passion also translates into my performances. I feel like it’s a chance to really bring my songs to life while on stage and I can’t wait until I can expand my performances. I also really love connecting with the audience and talking to them in between songs and really explaining what inspired my music or to tell a personal experience or story.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I would love them to listen to my new single “What You’re Looking For”. It is a song that I find to be really empowering as well as emotional and that anyone can relate to. The 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 is what I hope people can take away from the song.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Some of my favourite current Canadian artists right now would definitely be Drake and The Weeknd (how can you not love their music?), Shawn Mendes (he has such a great voice), I am also a long time Hedley fan. My favourite female Canadian country artists right now are Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke and Meghan Patrick – those girls are killing it right now. I also LOVE Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks and Dallas Smith.
Some of my all-time favourite Canadian musicians that I have loved since I was a kid are Shania Twain, Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Amanda Marshall…the list goes on! There is so much Canadian talent!