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" Exclusive"

GRAMMY-nominated Contemporary Christian music band Royal Tailor recently visited The Recording Academy's Nashville Chapter and participated in an exclusive interview. The quartet discussed working as full-time musicians, receiving their first GRAMMY nomination and their advice for aspiring artists, among other topics.

"I think a mistake that a lot of young artists make is publishing themselves too quickly," said Royal Tailor lead vocalist Tauren Wells. "But I think there needs to be that cultivation period where you really hone in on your craft and skills so that when you bring it to a national platform it's recognized."

Formed at Indiana Bible College, Royal Tailor comprise DJ Cox (guitar), Blake Hubbard (bass), Jarrod Ingram (drums), and Wells. With a sound combining elements of gospel, R&B, pop, and rock, the group released a self-titled EP in 2009. The EP included "Black & White," which would eventually become the title track for their 2011 debut album. Black & White peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 54th GRAMMY Awards. Produced by Chuck Butler, Daniel Kinner and Aaron Lindsey, Black & White features 11 tracks written or co-written by Wells, including the title track, "Hold Me Together" and "Make A Move." Royal Tailor are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through August. - GRAMMY.COM


Black & White - 06/07/11
Royal Tailor - 10/22/13

Make A Move - NO. 1 CHR Single
Hold Me Together - NO. 3 CHR Single - NO. 16 NCA Single



Royal Tailor’s GRAMMY-nominated Essential Records debut, Black & White, introduced a young band with a knack for big hooks and pocket-centered grooves; the band has also paralleled its musicality with a fervent focus on life-changing messages, enhanced unprecedented, energetic shows with a purpose and displayed a wholly uncommon degree of potential.

The band’s self-titled sophomore album, Royal Tailor, out October 22 on Essential Records, is an electrifying step forward on every front: funkier, more danceable grooves; bigger sing-alongs; broader stylistic leaps; and deeper, more intimate conversations about God and faith. Royal Tailor shows the pop/rock band fully growing into that potential.

"I think the first album was based off of our instincts, because we were so new to everything," singer Tauren Wells says. "In the last two years of touring, we've all grown. This time, we knew what we wanted to do, knew what we wanted to write about. Being out there on the road, seeing the things that kids are dealing with, what we’re dealing with ourselves too -- there's just so much learning that has taken place that we were ready to pour it all into these songs."

Royal Tailor’s songs expand on Black & White’s soul- and funk-angled pop sensibilities, stylistically spanning as broadly as the four bandmates’ influences, from hip-hop to pop, R&B, EDM, rock and gospel, with Wells' powerful, acrobatic vocal leading the way. Hats are tipped from Michael Jackson to Coldplay, though the LP remains centered, lyrically, on inspiration for anyone to know they can change no matter where they are, and in turn, can make a difference in the world and positively impact culture.

The hope is that the songs on Royal Tailor will move feet, hearts and minds, encouraging listeners to
get closer to both God and their community -- to focus on coming together when too many people are
pulling apart.

"We want to connect people, because there's strength in unity,” Wells says. "We believe that we're called to build bridges, not walls."

Royal Tailor feels called to use its music and campaigns to help tear down the walls that already exist, too -- the ones we put up between each other, because of differences in politics, religion, race or preference; or self-imposed walls, allowing circumstances or guilt to make us feel separated from God and happiness.

“Nothing can completely knock you down unless you let it,” Wells says. “So this album is get-back-up music. This is don't-let-'em-hold-you-down music."

Royal Tailor’s get-back-up music is fittingly celebratory, from the dance floor energy and spiritual enthusiasm of "Ready Set Go" and "Got That Fire” to the encouraging, '80s-throwback pop of "Jesus Love." But the album has tender moments, too, including thanks-bearing ballad "You Are My Rescue" and “Remain,” an uplifting anthem of steadfast faithfulness.

The breadth is intentional, meant to reflect the well-rounded, well-honed musicianship that defines Royal Tailor as a unit.

"There's rap, there's more guitar solos, bigger drum tones, funkier basslines,” Wells says. “I think if people give Royal Tailor a chance, they'll find that there's something for everyone."
Produced by Chris Stevens (Mandisa, Colton Dixon), Aaron Lindsey (Israel Houghton, Marvin Sapp) and Chuck Butler (worked with Britt Nicole, Brandon Heath), Royal Tailor boasts additional collaborators tobyMac on 80’s pop throwback, “Jesus Love,” and other co-producer, Cole Walowac of Capital Kings, who co-wrote and teamed up on the song “Ready Set Go.”

To craft and capture the songs on Royal Tailor, the band connected with a mix of talented collaborators including producers Chris Stevens (Mandisa, Colton Dixon), Aaron Lindsey (Israel Houghton, Marvin Sapp) and Chuck Butler (worked with Britt Nicole, Brandon Heath), hit songwriter Jason Ingram and co-writer, producer and friend, Cole Walowac of Capital Kings on the song “Ready Set Go.” To ramp up its already explosive live show, Royal Tailor also teamed with musical director Adam Blackstone, known for guiding Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and countless other mega-talents.

"The musicianship and the level that he brought it to was just crazy," Wells says of Blackstone. "I learned a lot about the energy that it takes to really move people emotionally -- he was completely tapped into all of that, and shared it with us."

The act of sharing one's gifts fittingly forms "an integral part of who we are" as a band, Wells says. Prior to signing with Essential, Royal Tailor spent a year working at a Granite City, Ill., church, mentoring and teaching kids to form their own worship bands, an experience that Ingram says instilled a valuable sense of patience and purpose. The band’s continued to follow that passion, helping students across the U.S. at colleges, camps, master classes and shows aimed at underlining the importance of music and teaching the fundamental truths of how impactful the art