Bree Taylor Uncovers The True Emotion In Music With New Single "You Played It All"
Known for her ability to have “A beautifully unique voice and]has the courage to pour her heart out in her lyrics.” Canadian Singer/Songwriter Bree Taylor is a force to be reckoned with. Her first single “Broken Dreams” ignited the fuel in the Canadian music scene which anticipated the release of her latest single “You Played It All”
When you first listen to "You Played It All", it’s quite charismatic and upbeat with mild whispers before transitioning into the next element. Next, we get into her versus and it’s interesting how there’s decidedly little recrimination or bad feelings in the song, yet it obviously throbs with a bit of heart-ache that’s impossible to ignore! This rather subtle song carries considerable emotional weight. To breakdown the arrangement it revolves around a spartan assemblage of instruments.
The rhythm section stays in the background during the verses, but it emerges in full with each chorus. The drumming, in particular, takes on a hard hitting character without ever sounding too heavy handed. There’s a warm radiance coming off the electronic instruments that we don’t always associate with this particular sound and it makes for a well rounded listening experience. The song’s length is just under four minutes and it keeps things focused but allows Taylor’s arrangement an opportunity to establish a certain atmosphere.
Listen to "You Played It All" here and get to know Bree Taylor in our interview below!
Hi Bree, can you tell us about your music career? How did you get started?
I was born to music in the delivery room and grew up with two parents who both love music and surrounded me by it constantly while I was growing up so I feel like music was literally what I was born to do. I have always been a very emotional person since I was little and feel things deeply which translated into creative outlets for myself mainly through writing and music. I have been writing since I was even able to and learning how to express myself through words and music and got involved in school choir's at the age of eight until I graduated high school. I took piano lessons was I was little as well and was inspired by Michelle Branch to pick up the guitar and teach myself to play (so I don't play very well haha), But those instruments gave me the ability to read music and to have ways to get into songwriting and things have just progressed from there. I started pursuing music seriously as a career about three years ago when I started on this journey of writing and recording my debut EP "Unbreakable" that we released this past August 2018. I got sidetracked for a while by a toxic relationship that I was in but as soon as I got the confidence to end it and go after this dream that I have had since I was a little girl, I have been running ever since and not looking back. I am extremely determined and driven and want to succeed at my career in music so badly that I will do whatever it takes to make it happen including working a 45-hour a week day job while doing shows and working on music in any spare time I have. This EP of mine is a representation of everything I have worked hard for and is to prove everyone who has told me that I am not good enough or couldn't do this wrong.
We love your new song "You Played It All" - can you tell us about the song and the meaning behind it?
Originally, I wrote this song a few years ago, and back then it was inspired by a guy who I felt was playing games, leading me on and it seemed like things were doomed to fail from the start. This was probably back in my University day's but I just always felt like there was something so raw and real about this song and its lyrics and I really wanted to record it. So I took this song to my producer in Toronto this past summer to add to the EP and as I have been single and dating on and off for a couple years now going through so many up's and down's with men and I have encountered a few narcissists along the way, it all inspired me and brought a whole new level of meaning into the song and to my lyrics. Each song I write is a piece of me and my life story and the entire process is therapy for me. I put my heart and soul into each song I work on no matter what it is about, so this one should impress with the same feelings.
You recorded your debut EP in Los Angeles, how was that experience? Did being in LA influence your music? If so how?
I did! It was an amazing experience. I LOVE Los Angeles, it has become a second home to be and I absolutely love the city so much and writing and recording there was such a great time. I learned so much about myself and my music while making this record and it has definitely guided me to where my music is heading next. My love of L.A. influenced my song "The Feeling" on the album actually. That song is about the feeling I get when I am there and how blissfully happy I have always been during my time there and maybe a little bit inspired by someone I spent some time with out there as well ;)
What message are you trying to send your listeners with your new song "You Played It All"?
It is a song about dating and relationships in today's dating era where many guys play games and lead girls on and don't take relationships seriously. They get scared of commitment or just purely enjoy the chase and are emotionally immature but a lot of great women get hurt by them in the process. What I want people to take away from this song is that if someone is playing with your emotions in any dating/relationship scenario, they aren't worth your time or energy and you're better off without them. So what seems like a hurtful situation is actually a blessing in disguise because you deserve so much better than that.
What are your plans for 2019? Any upcoming shows?
I have big plans for 2019 actually! I am taking my music in a more pop-country direction starting with a country single that will come out in the early new year as well as a trip to Nashville in June 2019. I am hoping to go on tour again in the new year as well since my first tour this past spring 2018 sponsored by Silhouette Eyewear was so much fun. I enjoyed performing for and connecting with fans along the way and the entire journey so I can't wait to do it all again only bigger and better! I am currently booking shows and festivals for 2019 but my upcoming show is at a charity event at Cheateau Le Parc in Vaughan, ON on February 22, 2019 for the Team Dog Rescue Gala "Party With A Purpose". I am a huge animal lover and am so happy to be involved with such a great charity that is giving back and helping homeless and abused dogs in the Toronto community.
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