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"Taylor Abrahamse is truly one of Canada's most original and outstanding artists [that] I have worked with in some time. His sense of melody, lyrics and song structure along with an amazing skill as a performer, will soon be revealed to the general public."
- Eddie Kramer, Grammy-Winning Producer/Engineer
(Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bowie, Brian May, Carly Simon, The Beatles)
"Taylor has all the talent of some of the worlds mega artists like Michael Jackson, Prince... Seeing him perform is an overwhelming experience."
- Chris Birkett, Grammy Winning Producer (Sinead O'Connor)
If you’re singing along to a song you don’t know, and suddenly feeling 10 years younger - you’re probably at a Taylor Abrahamse concert. Like a maple leaf caught in a gust above the Ontario prairies, Taylor blissfully floats between the borders of songwriting with his hook-laden hammerclaw pop, stunning range & on-the-spot improvised songs. A Paul Simon/Jim Carrey crossbreed, he's ready to break the rules with a glint in his eye & a tip of his grandpa's old cap.
Starting as a five-year-old Elvis impersonator at county fairs, at age 6, Taylor vowed to never ‘grow up’ in the typical sense, and to always hold onto a sense of play. At 11, he began songwriting, inspired by listening to CDs in the dark by artists such as like Elton John and Queen, while his imagination painted transcendental music videos in his head. At sixteen, he was a finalist on Canadian Idol, and was regularly playing across Ontario.
Taylor is a 2021 Kerrville Newfolk winner, Canadian Idol & Mariposa finalist, and co-founder of Silverthorn Studios, a much-loved Toronto recording studio which is anticipated to re-open in partnership with legendary music venue Hugh's Room Live in 2024. He produced & mixed his 2020 debut album in partnership with the great Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, KISS, etc). Along with airplay across Canada and a Deluxe Edition released in 2021, it's release sparked a chance to open for multi-Juno-winner Hawksley Workman (one of Taylor’s childhood music heroes!), and a US & Canada tour. His newest release, ‘Live In Lockdown Vol 1’, was one of many projects Taylor wrote & recorded during a tumultuous farewell to the original Silverthorn Studios space. During its final five weeks, he managed to track versions of over 120 original songs, with frequent musical guests.
He has written with established acts such as The Accidentals, Max Parker, Nice Horse & Hawksley Workman, as well as platinum-selling songwriters Liz Rodrigues (Eminem, Celine Dion), Jeff Franzel (N’Sync, Rhys Lewis, Josh Groban), Pam Sheyne (Christina Aguilera) and more. He has also written & performed music for projects such as the film 'About Fate' starring Emma Roberts, ‘Superwish!’ (Teletoon), and ‘Fangbone!’ (Disney XD), one of many animated TV series in which Taylor also stars. His original songs for online animated content providers such as Super Planet Dolan, Gardenkeeper Gus & Corus Entertainment have been heard over 20 million times.
In addition to public performances, Taylor is available for private or semi-private house concerts. These are fun ways to create community & lasting memories in your own home with an intimate performance, all while directly supporting independent artists. If you want to put on a house concert of your own, and have a space that can handle 10 or more people (living room, backyard, etc), Taylor or his team can happily guide you through the process.
"What a megatalent!" - Hawksley Workman, Juno-winning singer/songwriter
"Holy s***. Taylor Abrahamse is the first surprise of the morning. “Hellooooo” he sings powerfully from the stage, immediately stopping in their tracks every person... From there, we are off on an astonishing showcase of vocal ability and performance chops that are so impressive I almost forget to mention that he is also a mighty impressive guitarist. ...it’s abundantly clear that he’s spent a lifetime cultivating a voice that can do literally anything... By the time he plays his third and final song, he’s got the audience engaging in the most enthusiastic sing-along I’ve seen so far here... This is a classic case of a guy who could captivate you singing the phone book." - Heather Kitching, Roots Music Canada at Folk Music Ontario - Full Post Here.
"Taylor has struck gold somewhere in the funky Neil Young/Randy Newman mountains. While the collection has a foothold in the golden era of songwriting, the subject matter and the way it’s assiduously handled anchor it firmly in the now. A standout debut from a talent that has arrived." - Lenny Stoute, Cashbox Canada - Full post here.
"I am so enamored with this delightful debut album release. Taylor and his team paid attention to every creative detail. You will never get bored of listening to any of the well crafted songs." Full Interview with Makeda Taylor - read it here.
"Stop by his page to see what real determination at full-force truly looks like – I think we could all learn something about that from Taylor." - Jer @ Sleeping Bag Studios - Full post here.