Country starlet returns to Buffalo for benefit concert - INTERVIEW
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • September 24, 2013 @ 12:42pm
This country girl is coming home.
Alden native and current country music starlet, Doreen Taylor has had a wild ride since leaving WNY and calling both coasts (Southern NJ and Los Angeles) home. Her recent singles, “Last Call (for alcohol)”, “Heartbeat” and “Judgment Day” have all been making a buzz and have made Taylor an artist on the rise.
Returning to Buffalo for a local benefit show, Taylor will bring along her 8-piece orchestra, dance troupe and classically trained voice for an unforgettable night in the Queen City.
Doreen Taylor will be performing at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Asbury Hall in downtown Buffalo. Tickets for the show range from $22.50 to $72.50 an can be purchased through the Babeville website. The $72.50 VIP tickets include premium upgraded seating, an autographed copy of her album “Magic”, a goodie bag with surprises and a private, meet and greet, photo-op with Doreen Taylor immediately following the show.
All proceeds from the performance will be donated to Andrew’s Army and Unyts - Donate Life.
We chatted with the southern rock and country singer about her upcoming show and new projects. See what Taylor had to say below:
So how did you originally get started in music?
Doreen Taylor: I think music has always been in my life in some form or another since the day I was born. I joke that when other babies were playing with dolls, I wanted to play with the musical toys that made sound. I was fascinated by the ability to create sound and inevitably music.
As I got older, I learned that I was able to pick up just about any instrument and be able to play it. I won’t say that it was always great, but I seemed to be able to just know what I was doing.
I became a virtuoso on the piano and started writing a lot of my songs that way and as I got one affirmation after another, I really knew that music was not just a hobby, but my life.
I professionally began performing when I was just in high school and when it came time to go to college, I took the leap of faith and entered into music school as a vocal performance major and the rest is history. It was the best leap I ever made and I have never looked back.
Where exactly did you grow up in WNY?
DT: I am indeed a Buffalo girl born and raised in Alden, NY. Every time I am home I have specific places that I need to visit when I’m back. Mainly my favorite places are restaurants though—let’s face it, Buffalo has some great food.
I always have to have a Ted’s hot dog with mustard, onions and pickles on the side. I love Anderson’s roast beef on a Kaiser roll—sorry, not a weck fan—with horseradish and fries with vinegar. I also always have to have wings at Duffs. I’m making myself really hungry right now.
Do you get a chance to come back and visit often?
DT: Due to my crazy life and schedule, I really don’t get back as much as I would like. I was just back visiting for a few days about a month ago to scout out Babeville and Asbury Hall downtown where I will be doing my show on Oct. 20, but the last time I was back home was around three years ago.
I still have a lot of family in the area, but typically they will come see me on the road at a show or visit me in LA or Philly when I have a rare few days off. I really do miss the Buffalo vibe.
The people are so real. It keeps me honest and grounded to come back and when I was picking dates and places to play on my tour, Buffalo was a no-brainer.
What projects have you been working on recently?
DT: I am in the middle of my national 2013 “Magic” tour where we had a teaser show in Los Angeles at the House of Blues - Sunset Strip and then kicked off the full tour in Philadelphia at the World Café Live on May 23rd to a sold out audience. Next stop is Buffalo.
I am so excited since Buffalo is my hometown, born and raised and it is amazing to come back headlining my own tour. Plus, to make it extra special, I decided to donate all the profits to Andrew’s Army and Unyts in honor of Andrew Gramza, the son of my former high school teacher, Lori Gramza who tragically died in a car accident three years ago and donated his tissue to help save others.
I am also getting back to the studio to record a follow up album to my solo debut “Magic” and will be teaming up with a national charity where I will be writing and performing a special anthem. That announcement’s coming by the end of 2013.
Who are some of your musical inspirations?
DT: I am an extremely eclectic in my sound so needless to say, my inspirations as equally, if not more eclectic.
I have a touch of artists like ZZ Top, Lynard Skynard, Bon Jovi, Genesis, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride, Journey, Rascal Flatts and even Britney Spears. I truly believe that something good can be found in almost every artist in every style of music.
Music is art and art is inspiring.
Have any funny stories from past shows you’ve done where things got a little crazy?
DT: I have some incredible stories that people wouldn’t even begin to think were true, but some of them are not suitable for printing.
I will just say that the rule of thumb when on the road performing is that anything that can go wrong, typically does and odds are that you will never get though a show without there being a couple of crazy moments that will land in the pages of personal performance history.
The trick is to just laugh it off and have a good time.
Where have been some of your favorite places to visit while touring?
DT: While I was on the road performing the role of “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera and “Mother” in Ragtime, I went around nationally to city after city. When you are really on the road touring intensely like that, you don’t get to see much.
Most of the glamorous things I see are the lobbies of hotels and the inside of a tour bus. Because I have such a crazy work life, I try to balance it as much as possible by taking some time off and traveling just for some R&R.
My favorite places will always be South Beach, Miami and Las Vegas. I am someone that needs to constantly be on the go—even when I am on vacation—so going to those place provides me with just enough relaxation while still allowing me to have some great nightlife, restaurants and of course, shopping.
Are you a hot, medium or mild girl when it comes to wings?
DT: It really depends on my mood and where I am getting them. Not all wing places are created equal when it comes to their definitions of suicidal, hot, medium and mild.
I used to be hot”when I was younger, but I guess as I’ve gotten older I have gone milder. However, I’m still a medium girl. It’s the best of both worlds and you can actually have a little kick while still enjoying the flavor.
Any favorite songs to sing in the shower?
DT: This is going to sound weird seeing as I am a singer, but I don’t ever sing in the shower. The only time I ever do anything vocally in there is when I am warming up before a show or sometimes I catch myself writing a song right there and then.
Typically when songwriting inspiration hits, I will be in the least musically conducive place. Why should the shower be any exception?
Photo courtesy of Doreen Taylor.