May 18, 2012 in Country
For Texas girl Taylor Heard, getting to perform on stage with country award winning singer Neal McCoy was quite an honor and an unbelievable experience. Taylor won McCoy’s annual East Texas Angels Network (ETAN) contest where she was judged by TV’s Jack Hanna and country music artist Linda Davis, in which she received the prize of getting to perform with Neal in Branson, Missouri. “Just having the opportunity was truly a God given experience.” Taylor says, “It is so great to be working with Mr. Neal and his band, he’s such an amazing person inside and out – not to mention a phenomenal entertainer! Being on stage with him is like a huge whirlwind of crazy, fun, and spontaneity all at the same time and I admire the excitement he brings to the table.”
Taylor has a mature, unique sound all her own, but many compare her to Patsy Cline, Reba, and Shania Twain. Having come from a musical background – she began singing and claiming the stage at the young age of three, writing songs by age seven, and teaching herself to play guitar at twelve. She describes her style of music as a bridge between modern and traditional country that brings out a fresh new sound with an old school twist. “The music I create is meant for every individual out there because it has a soul. When I write and play my songs I want the audience to feel my pain when I sing about heartaches, laugh out loud when it’s about loving life, and get up and dance because they just can’t help it when they hear it.”
Although Taylor’s heart is in country music, she also loves to expand and explore other genres such as gospel, blues, southern rock, and anything someone puts out there for her. Her feisty motto, “Tell me I can’t!” shows her determination and self-discipline to accept any challenge that comes her way. The people that have influenced her to have this drive include Grammy Award winning Nashville producer/songwriter Victoria Shaw, (with whom she had the opportunity to work recently), Nashville songwriter Sarah Buxton, the Queen of Country Kitty Wells, living country legend Reba McEntire, and many others.
In her bright future Taylor plans to take her music as far as she can and wants to give back to those who have helped her along the way, whether it be getting involved with organizations such as ETAN or Mane Mission, or just reaching out to people in her hometown. “I have such a huge desire in my heart to help and serve others, and if I can accomplish that through my music, it makes it all worthwhile no matter what the cost. With God’s guidance and support from family and fans, there’s no telling what great things will come!”