"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, The Beatles)
"Taylor has all the talent of some of the worlds mega artists like Michael Jackson, Prince... His range is almost off the audio scale. 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. With little more than a mahogany Martin, his playfulness, stunning songcraft & honesty leave audiences teary-eyed, electrified, and at ease with their inner-kid. Electri-eased? Easified? Whatever! His roots were born from a Paul Simon/Jim Carrey crossbreed, 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 at age 6, Taylor vowed to never ‘grow up’ in the typical sense. Instead, he ‘grew in’ - listening to CDs in darkness by young-at-heart song sophisticates like Elton John and Queen, while his imagination painted transcendental light shows. Writing & playing guitar since he was 12 - at sixteen, he was a Top 30 finalist on Canadian Idol.
After an on-the-spot performance at Canadian Music Week, Taylor was contacted by Grammy-winning music engineering legend Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Carly Simon, David Bowie & many more), who insisted on producing & developing him of out a passion for his talent. Now released, his debut album has a musical backdrop that is true to classic songwriters of the 20th century such as James Taylor or Randy Newman, yet feels entirely fresh – dealing with his experiences with love, depression, loss, and even gender identity. Taylor co-founded a busy professional recording studio, Silverthorn Studios, where much of the album was recorded & mixed. So far, the album has found airplay across Canada, and on the strength of the record, a personal invitation to open for Hawksley Workman. In addition, out of nearly 1000 entries, Taylor's songwriting provided him a top-prize position at the prestigious Kerrville Songwriting Competition.
Taylor has also written musicals, music for other artists & television series seen worldwide, including the main theme for ‘Fangbone!’ (Disney XD) - one of many cartoon series in which Taylor plays a lead or supporting character. Taylor has also written, produced and performed original songs for popular Youtube channels, such as Corus’ online division & ‘Super Planet Dolan’. These song's respective music videos have had over 20 million plays and thousands of music downloads.
Recent Album Reviews:
"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 and pursuit of one’s dreams at full-force truly looks like – I think we could all learn something about that from Taylor Abrahamse." - Jer @ Sleeping Bag Studios - Full post here.