Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Roots


Influences

Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, The Waifs, Colin Hay


Website

linktr.ee/taylayoung

Bio

From a young age, Townsville-based, emerging singer-songwriter, Tayla Young​, knew she had a knack for storytelling and over the years maintained, what she describes as a casual but ultimately healthy relationship with music. Now, at 22, she’s decided to take that relationship to the next level, fully committing to her potential and diving head first into the North Queensland music community which, as a whole, is blossoming now more than ever and on its way to great things.

Growing up, Tayla was heavily influenced by the likes of Paul Kelly​, The Waifs and Colin Hay​. Through listening to these Australian writers, Tayla developed a similar ability to tell a story using a traditional structure. She then adds colourful intrigue to her lyrics through brilliantly executed figurative writing techniques. Her endearing vocal tones have been described as a composite of Julia Stone and Missy Higgins​, gentle but strong with an unmistakable Australian accent.

Early this year, Tayla released her debut single ‘Southbound’​, a tribute to emergency Personnel, based on true events, that she originally posted online as a live-sung video recording back in 2016 and received over 200,000 views​. Tayla recorded ‘Southbound’ the month following its online virality and sat on the track for three years before finally releasing it as her debut single in early 2019. ‘Southbound’ ranked at #16 on the triple j Unearthed Roots charts.

She shortly followed with her latest release, ‘Crime of Comparison’​, a stripped back, acoustically performed track that further exhibits an admirable honesty in Tayla’s song-writing, receiving ​over 500,000 streams​ ​ on Spotify so far.

This is only the beginning for Tayla as she relishes her newfound presence among the Townsville music scene and continues to captivate audiences through live performance, and the recent release of her third single ​‘With​ ​the​ ​Fire’​.

‘With the Fire’ takes Tayla’s sound in a slightly different direction when it comes to production and genre. With her first two singles being quite instrumental, ‘With the Fire’ exhibits Tayla’s potential as an indie-pop artist, while still allowing her storytelling ability to shine through and persist as the most engaging element of her artistry.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

20 Oct 2019

Triple J
40

You and your gorgeous voice! My gosh! It gleams and feels so clear. Those harmonies are a dream too. You've got power backing you within and you've delivered it raw and with heart. Love the way you end bigger too.

You and your gorgeous voice! My gosh! It gleams and feels so clear. Those harmonies are a dream too. You've got power backing you within and you've delivered it raw and with heart. Love the way you end bigger too.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

20 Oct 2019

Triple J
40

The minute Tayla starts singing; you can feel your heart grow bigger and break at the same time. Solid songwriter, it's a fantastic tune filled with intricate moments that sparkle and shine. Tayla's voice is to die for, too, which helps.

The minute Tayla starts singing; you can feel your heart grow bigger and break at the same time. Solid songwriter, it's a fantastic tune filled with intricate moments that sparkle and shine. Tayla's voice is to die for, too, which helps.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

16 Oct 2019

Triple J
40

Kudos, this is the kind of track that's easy to love but not easy to do. Tayla's natural delivery allows you to cozy up with the careful lyricism and gently warming instrumentation.

Kudos, this is the kind of track that's easy to love but not easy to do. Tayla's natural delivery allows you to cozy up with the careful lyricism and gently warming instrumentation.