Chic Spotlight: Singer/Songwriter Kim Taylor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 06:58

Chic Spotlight: Singer/Songwriter Kim Taylor
This hometown girl is making it big, as her music hits speakers around the globe. Learn more about her music — and the musician behind it.

Cincy Chic: Your unique sound has been heard across the nation and throughout the world, but how did you first find your passion for music?


Singer/songwriter Kim Taylor: Ah. Well, I don't remember setting out to explore and "find" my passion for music so much as it has always just been a part of my life. We had an upright piano in my house where I grew up in Florida, and as a kid I always found myself bent over it, obsessively banging out songs I had heard. That started very young, probably around 5 or 6.


Banging on the house piano eventually turned into me playing flute all through middle school in symphonic band, and then in high school, I went back to piano and also sang in the choir. My parents were both music lovers, though, and there's nothing better that my dad loved to do than crank up his humongous stereo speakers and introduce me to some to people like Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, The Ventures, Elvis, The Beach Boys, etc. We danced on the shag carpet a whole lot.


Cincy Chic: Where do you find inspiration for your music?


Taylor: Oh wow. I don't really know! I don't necessarily start my day looking for inspiration. Emotions, concepts/words and/or melodies will hit me and I'm just very true (most of the time) to capturing them like butterflies.


I've learned through the years that I can't let anything pass me by, especially if it's something that seems to stick to my ribs a little bit. I learned from being a fan of Hunter S. Thompson to keep a little hand held recorder with me at all times, and I sing and play into that little sucker quite a bit. I do tend to read a lot of poetry and I don't watch TV anymore, so that keeps the popular culture noise down quite a bit in my head, which leaves room for me to listen. If that makes sense.


Cincy Chic: Your songs have played on big name shows like "One Tree Hill," "Army Wives" and "The Ghost Whisperer," but what has been the most exciting feat you've achieved in your music career?



Taylor: Well I just signed a two year deal with Revlon for my first commercial, so that's been awfully exciting! I think my most exciting feat has been to have fans, though. The idea that people from all over the world seek out my songs, I mean it doesn't get better than that for me. When I travel and tour and end up in some bar in St. Louis or Boston or what have you, to have even a handful of people show up and tell me how a song of mine is just part of their everyday life, I mean, as a songwriter, that's it for me. I feel like my songs are doing what they were meant to do, which, for me, is to heal, to encourage, to inspire, even. That may sound a bit hokey, but it's god honest truth.


Cincy Chic: What is your personal favorite song of yours?


Taylor: Oh geez. Well, my favorite song is usually the last song I wrote because I don't have time to hate it yet. Haha. I would say that I still get a kick out of singing and performing "I Feel like a Fading Light," and my song "Days like This" still can even give me a goose bump from time to time.


Cincy Chic: When you're not performing, writing songs or traveling on tour, what do you like to do for fun?


Taylor: Ah! My other life! Well, I'm actually back in school at the University of Cincinnati as a geology major. When I was in school many moons back, I was an English literature major, and I quit in the middle of my junior year because what I really wanted to do was be a short story writer, not a teacher.


I fell pretty freaking hard for all things science about three years back and have dreamt of finishing my degree, so I'm back and I hope to one day be a working scientist. I'll be writing songs over a campfire after a long day of digging up bones in the middle of Africa a few years from now. That's my new vision.


Cincy Chic: What do you love most about Cincinnati?


Taylor: I love the community I have found here in Cincinnati. I have the most amazing friends all based here in Cincinnati (save one who moved a few years ago), and I really like how central Cincinnati is to so many major cities. I was born and raised in South Florida and have been here for about 13 years now. I definitely call it home.



Photo courtesy of Kim Taylor

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