Hayley Taylor

Hayley Taylor

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Combining elements of pop and indie rock, Hayley Taylor writes songs that are emotionally resonant and elegantly crafted. Her music has been on tv shows like How I Met Your Mother & Royal Pains, her new album was just on In Touch's "Hottest List", and Pitchfork describes her as "refreshing".

Biography

Hailed by Entertainment Tonight as “a rising star of the indie music  scene,” singer-songwriter Hayley Taylor has an unmistakable new voice full of passionate intensity. Her music has recently been featured on How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Royal Pains (USA), Privileged (CW), Heartland, a Vick's Campaign, and several other television shows and films. Her new album, One Foot in Front of the Other, (released in August 2010), was produced by Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson) and Eric Robinson (Matt Nathanson). It was recently featured on In Touch Magazine's "Hottest List", and it features performances by an all-star cast of players, including Michael Chaves (John Mayer), Ben Peeler (Alexi Murdoch), Adrienne Woods (Josh Radin), Elliot Jacobson (ingrid Michaelson), and Marshall Altman (Kate Voegle).
Taylor’s debut EP, Waking, produced by AJ Mogis (Saddlecreek, Criteria), received rave reviews worldwide and was nominated by the LA Music Awards for 2006 “Best Independent Album of the Year.”  Pitchfork Media describes her as “refreshingly unassuming,” and Earcandy says she is “at once reminiscent of Rachael Yamagata and evocative of a female Ryan Adams.”  Taylor’s songs  blend rock and folk sensibilities, threatening to break your heart with their haunting melodies, spellbinding lyrics, and unforgettable imagery. The way she sings lets you know that you know she's lived every moment of the lyrics.
Taylor and her band were recently interviewed on Entertainment Tonight and San Francisco’s KRON news, and they performed live on the new music television show, City Sessions: Los Angeles. Taylor was also one of ASCAP's featured artists in their highly-acclaimed Audio Portraits series.
Born in Michigan and raised in Los Angeles, Taylor began performing at a young age, working as a professional actress into her teens in TV and film. Though she began playing piano and singing at the age of three, it wasn’t until she learned to play guitar in college that she realized music was her true passion. (Taylor has a BA in literature from Vassar College, attended the Sorbonne, and has an MFA in art).
Taylor currently is based in Los Angeles, where she frequently performs with her band at the famed Hotel Cafe, and other prime LA venues. Her band features a talented cast of players including Adrienne Woods on cello, Drew Lawrence on piano, Ethan Schreiber on bass, and Chris Markwood on drums.

Lyrics

Felt Like Love

Written By: hayley Taylor

Our heads in the clouds, no clocks to keep time
it's all lingering looks and butterflies
Don't know why you can't see the diamonds in the coal
Guess we all only know when we know
but it felt like love
yeah it felt just like love
ooh it felt like love
yeah it felt just like love

take the long way back home just to keep holding hands
wild hope plants its seeds that grow in us great plans
Don't know why you can't see the diamonds in the coal
Guess we all only know when we know

but it felt like love
yeah it felt just like love
ooh it felt like love
yeah it felt just like love

and everybody says they know how it feels
but sometimes you can't stop thinking it's real
cause innocence always tastes so sweet
and falling's never been this easy

ooh it felt like love
yeah it felt just like love
oohit felt like love
yeah it felt just like love
oh it felt like love
oh it felt just like love
oh it felt like love
oh it felt just like love

No More Wishing

Written By: Hayley Taylor

Wake up
I'm trying to show you
I want to come clean
You mean more than you should mean

but I'm willing to be
the one you put on a pedestal
the one that you see in your dreams
the one that you hide your true self from
the one you want to please

And I know that it's wrong to want something
so false and so fake
it's not that I want to fix you
I just want to get my way

cause you're the one that I put on a pedestal
the one who keeps coming back to me
the one that I gave my whole heart to
the one who makes me believe

I want a love that's side by side
I want a love that holds me tight
I want a love that feels like a dream
but when I wake up he's still there with me

So put up me on a pedestal,
give me everything I need,
but give it to me so completely
that there will be no more wishing

no more wishing
no more wishing
no more wishing

Waking

Written By: Hayley Taylor

Pillow's soft, covers warm
and it's getting easier
not to wake you up

don't you know that I know
all of the reasons that you have got to go

but I've been trying to save you
I've been trying to change you
but I can't take watching you slip away

In your dreams, nothing's real
and there are no scars or permanent marks to bear

lights are low, heart of stone
and it makes the minutes not seem so infinitely cold

but I've been trying to save you
I've been trying to blame you
and I can't take watching you slip away

cause there's just no cure
no house on a hill
no love that's enough
if you're not fulfilled

and I've been trying to save you
I've been trying to change you
but I can't take watching you slip away

Been trying to save you
been trying to save you
been trying to save you
I've been trying to save you

Pretty in The Dark

Written By: Hayley Taylor

dear john hasn't been that long
but I thought that you should know
time's run out and so has hope
I've been watching the paint peel and the sky fallin in
the votes are cast and the truth is settin in

But it's always a little bit sad to me when a flower never blooms
and we go back to being me and you

The wine was fine, everything's pretty in the dark
and we can play these games but you take it too far
we can keep on sleeping but the light comes anyway
and what seemed black and white is looking really gray today

and it's always a little sad to me when the clouds cover the moon
and we go back to being me and you

And liquor's tricky
it can make you so love sick
even when you don't mean to let it
so I want you to know I might put on a show
but I erased your number from my phone

but it's always a little sad to me even when we call it a truce
cause we go back to being just me and you
just me and you

How Good We Had It

Written By: Hayley Taylor

There was a tide pool we were going to see
There was a morning we were waiting to greet
and there was love still coming
there was love still coming

We didn't know how good we had it
we wanted a fantasy
We didn't know how good we had it
But now we're ready

The sun keeps shining
though we pray for rain
and our hearts keep beating through the pain
and we're still hoping to find a way
we're still hoping to be the ones to change

We didn't know how good we had it
we wanted a fantasy
We didn't know how good we had it
But now we're ready

But my hands are tied behind my back
and my head just drags my heart around
and I want so much to make this work
but we've still got so much to learn

We didn't know how good we had it
we wanted a fantasy
We didn't know how good we had it
But now we're ready
We didn't know how good we had it
But now we're ready
We didn't know how good we had it
We didn't know how
good we had it
We didn't know
We didn't know

If There Really is a Santa Claus...

Written By: Hayley Taylor

I tried being good this year
I wore white collared shirts
was virginal and pure
and never talked back to my mother

I tried being bad this year
I dyed my hair blue-black
got drunk and talked trash
and stepped on all the sidewalk cracks

but I'm so tired of trying to be what I'm not
Will I ever get what I want
and if there really is a Santa Claus
Have my letters just gotten lost

I did what I was told
standing under the misletoe
singing Noel in my sleep
dreaming of milk and cookies

but I'm so tired of trying to be what I'm not
Will I ever get what I want
and if there really is a Santa Claus
Have my letters just gotten lost

and when I hear those sleigh bells ring
will I find what I've bee missing
Will I wake up Christmas Day
with a reason to celebrate

Oh if there really is a Santa Claus
have my letters just gotten lost
and if there really is a Santa Claus
will he teach me to love what I've got
and to be grateful for who I am
and let go of all these broken down plans
of who I thought I'd be by now

Oh if there really is a Santa Claus
this year will we get what we want?

Discography

ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER (August 2010)
(streaming & radio airplay)

SINGLE "Felt Like Love" (July 2010)
(streaming & radio airplay)

SINGLE "No More Wishing" (Spring 2009)
(Streaming & radio airplay, featured on CBS's "How I Met Your Mother")

SINGLE "Waking" (2009)
(streaming & radio airplay, featured on USA's "Royal Pains")

HOLIDAY SINGLE "If There Really is a Santa Claus"
(Dec. 2008)

CITY SESSIONS: YMCTV (live televised performance)
2007

EP WAKING (Feb. 2006)

Set List

Set lists vary according to the demands of each performance. Generally, sets are between 30 and 45 minutes.