MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you Melanie, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?
Melanie Taylor: I used to ask my mom for “LaLa” before I could really even speak! It was one of my first words so I guess it’s kind of always been in my soul to do it! I started doing choir at a really young age like 6 or 7, always did theater, but then didn’t really take it on professionally until after college.
MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
Melanie Taylor: I listened to a ton of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Alanis Morissette, and No Doubt growing up so I feel like that pretty much explains my music – soulful, pop, with a little rock thrown in.
MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
I definitely want to use my music as a platform to raise awareness to maybe the simplest thing in the world, yet maybe also the hardest for some people – and definitely the most important. And that is doing what you love. When I see someone truly passionate and inspired doing what they are doing, it inspires me. So more than anything I want to inspire people to live their dreams by living my own!
MuzicNotez: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?
Melanie Taylor: I still remember when I saw Macklemore perform at the Troubador before he had really blown up – his stage presence was so captivating, and everyone in the room could feel what a huge star he was. At the time – I wasn’t really even into rap all that much – but again, he was so inspired as he was performing it was inspiring to watch.