Angela Taylor Band

Angela Taylor Band

BandPopClassical

Pop/Rock with Classical Crossover twist. Influences include Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson. Awards include “Best of Baltimore” and “Best Regional Album”. Her song “Anything” won the MASC Pop Songwriting Contest. TV Appearances include Food Nation with Bobby Flay, FOX Morning Show. (Skinny Girl Records)

Biography

Taylor pursued her studies as an undergraduate at The Peabody Conservatory with a double degree in Flute and Recording Engineering, and a minor in Voice. She also received a Master’s Degree in Computer Music from the Peabody. Her classical talents have placed her on some of the country’s leading concert hall stages, while her days as a pop/rock singer songwriter have landed her gigs in every bar, club, and university imaginable. She has performed on many stages throughout the US, from The 9:30 Club in DC, to Skybar in Boston, to Anastasia’s Asylum in LA.

She scored her first major solo success when she was named to the Finals of the Lilith Fair Talent Search. Taylor was also honored to be chosen as a finalist in the IMX Discovery Contest, and voted "Best of Baltimore" as Best Solo Music Artist by Baltimore City Paper. Music Monthly Editor Suzie Mudd named Songs for Strong Girls "Best Regional Album", and Music Monthly Readers voted Taylor "Best Female Vocalist".

Taylor has been featured in local and national print (including EQ, Keyboard and Electronic Musician magazines), and is receiving airplay on XM Satellite Radio, DMX Music Choice, and over 50 terrestrial radio stations nationwide.

Taylor has also performed on-camera in local and national television, including Food Nation with Bobby Flay (Food Network), Top Cops Awards Show (Fox TV), Eclipse Magazine, and FOX Morning Show.

With 7 years of classical conservatory training behind her, Taylor displays a vocal control and range uncommon for most alternative rock musicians. Her conservatory experience also molds her distinctive compositional style, including the usage of winds, strings, piano, and classically-inspired motifs. Taylor's pop influences include Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, John Mayer, Michelle Branch, Toby Lightman and Howie Day.

Taylor composed, recorded and mixed her debut album Songs for Strong Girls, which was Co-Produced by Grammy award-winning producer John Jennings. Available on Skinny Girl Records, the album was named "Best Regional Album" by Music Monthly Editor Suzie Mudd. Additionally, Taylor's song "Anything" won the MASC Pop Songwriting Contest.

Taylor's second album "Pop/Classical Crossover" was pressed especially with booking agents in mind - the CD contains live and studio tracks in both audio and video formats. Taylor's original pop songs are featured in Acoustic and Full Band arrangements backed by string orchestra. Songs from this album have also won prizes in the MASC Pop Songwriting Contest.

Taylor is pleased to have been named "Artist in Residence" at the prestigious Strathmore Hall for the 2007-08 concert season. She will participate in educational events and perform several concerts at Strathmore Hall (located in the DC area).

Lyrics

Don't You Know

Written By: ©2001 Angela Taylor/Skinny Angel Music (BMI)

I don’t know what I would rather have for mine
a pot of gold or honey to wish for love or money
for pleasures of the flesh or to spiritually invest
well I’ve got a lot on my mind as this path through life that I wind
but there’s one thing
yes of one thing I am sure

You know that I
would love to make you mine
Don’t you know that I
would love to make you mine

Sometimes I can’t find the answers in my mind
I found from my brother that you belong to another
so the dream within my breast may be better left at rest
the miracle of life which now grows within your wife
makes me sorry
of the one thing I am sure

You know that I
would love to make you mine
Don’t you know that I
would love to make you mine

I know that I could make it worth your while
I know some special things to make you smile
I know you could adore me
I would be perfect can’t you see

I don’t have the time to question grand design
fate may try to hurt me punish or divert me
steal my only chance for meaningful romance
though I may appear to forget this complicated love
well there's still one thing
yes of one thing I am sure

You know that I
would love to make you mine
Don’t you know that I
would love to make you mine

Sad Thing to Wonder

Written By: ©2001 Angela Taylor/Skinny Angel Music(BMI)

Looking through cards and letters
From days before
Thinking of my old lovers
Boys I adored
Wondering how things would have been if I’d ended up
Settling down with one of them
Now I gotta say it’s better
Cause I like the path that my life has led

Yeah it’s a sad thing to wonder what could have been
If only my affections had been returned
And it’s a sad thing to wonder what I might have done
If one of those old love affairs hadn’t come undone

Could have been rich could have been poor
Could have been living in a trailer with the boy next door
Could have been driving a Mercedes-Benz
Could have been walking where the Sidewalk Ends
Wondering how things would have been if I’d ended up
Settling down with one of them
Now I gotta say it’s better
Cause I like the path that my life has led

Yeah it’s a sad thing to wonder what could have been
If only my affections had been returned
And it’s a sad thing to wonder what I might have done
If one of those old love affairs hadn’t come undone

Could have been famous
or I could have died in obscurity
Who would have thought that this wonderful life
could have happened to a girl like me
You never know for certain what kinda
path that your life will take
The only thing that’s certain is that
your life is your own to make

Yeah it’s a sad thing to wonder what could have been
If only my affections had been returned
And it’s a sad thing to wonder what I might have done
If one of those old love affairs hadn’t come undone

Anything

Written By: ©2001 Angela Taylor/Skinny Angel Music (BMI)

I dunno exactly what I used to think
I didn’t feel for you the way you felt for me
I was too cool I thought of all my friends what would they say
Made you the fool yeah I was cruel but now I’ve switched my mind cause
I was a bitch and didn’t feel for you the way you felt for me
But now I’ve switched my mind but it’s too late because I don’t have
Anything
No I don’t have anything
No, no anything

I dunno how I could have ignored the way
You used to gaze and stare upon my face
But now it’s you Now it is your turn to rebuff my love
Made you the fool yeah I was cruel but now I’ve switched my mind cause
I was a bitch and didn’t feel for you the way you felt for me
But now I’ve switched my mind but it’s too late because I don’t have
Anything
No I don’t have anything
No, no anything

Now I dunno
Just wish I could go back in time
Because I was wrong yeah I was wrong and it was right
But I was too proud because, because you know I
was a bitch and didn’t feel for you the way you felt for me
But now I’ve switched my mind but it’s too late because I don’t have
Anything
No I don’t have anything
No, no anything

I dunno exactly what I used to think
I didn’t feel for you the way you felt for me
I was too cool I thought of all my friends what would they say
Made you the fool yeah I was cruel but now I’ve switched my mind cause
I was a bitch and didn’t feel for you the way you felt for me
But now I’ve switched my mind but it’s too late because I don’t have
Anything
No I don’t have anything
No, no anything

It's a Wonderful Life

Written By: Angela Taylor

Verse 1 When you're on the bus and afraid to sleep
you might miss your stop if you sleep too deep
Hey hey hey…do ya know what I mean
When you got Chinese like a week ago
if you eat it now well you never know
Hey hey hey…do ya know what I mean

Chorus Hey Hey hey…….it's a wonderful life
Hey Hey hey…….it's a wonderful life
Hey Hey hey…….it's a wonderful life
Hey Hey hey

Verse 2 When that dress you wanted goes on sale
and you try it on and it looks like hell
Hey hey hey…do ya know what I mean
When you finally meet the boy of your dreams
your ex wants you back or so it seems
Hey hey hey…do ya know what I mean

Chorus Hey Hey hey…….it's a wonderful life
Hey Hey hey…….it's a wonderful life
Hey Hey hey…….it's a wonderful life
Hey Hey hey

Bridge So take your chances don't run and hide
The grass is only greener when you're on the other side
Don't blame your parents Don't waste your time
You only have a wallet size picture in your mind

Chorus Hey Hey hey…….it's a wonderful life
Hey Hey hey…….it's a wonderful life
Hey Hey hey…….it's a wonderful life
Hey Hey hey

Discography

CD: Songs for Strong Girls (Skinny Girl Records)
Receiving airplay on XM Satellite Radio, DMX Music Choice, and over 50 terrestrial radio stations nationwide. Her song "Anything" won the MASC Pop Songwriting Contest.

CD: "Pop/Classical Crossover" (Skinny Girl Records)
Featuring live and studio tracks (audio and video) Taylor showcases her original pop music in Acoustic and Full Band arrangements backed by string orchestra. Songs from this album have also won prizes in the MASC Pop Songwriting Contest.

Set List

Taylor performs an all-original set, typical length is one hour. The set consists of songs from her 2 albums.

Song selections to be pulled from:
Don't You Know
Chicago 89
Sad Thing to Wonder
Don't Give Him Your Love for Free
It's a Wonderful Life
Now I'm in Charge of Me
Anything
I'm Not Here
Taste
First Kiss
Today's the Day
Thirteen
Crush
Let Me Breathe
Lost Without You
Make Your Dreams Come True
Puerto Rico
Reach for the Sky
If It's the Same Blue Sky
Coulda Been You
Because I'm Free