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Jonny Taylor

WHO IS JONNY TAYLOR?

Imagine if Keith Urban and Pearl Jam had a baby.... A 6 foot 2 inch, long haired baby who sings with a deep raw voice that could make you jump and dance with joy or cry your heart out- or sometimes both? Meet Jonny Taylor. Singer songwriter and relentless touring machine. An emotionally charged musician who doesn't set out to sound like anybody in particular, rather lets his love of grunge and rock music fuse seamlessly with his passion for country story telling, forming a unique country sub-genre dubbed "Gruntry". Taylor has seen mainstream success following a stint on Australia's Got Talent in 2012 where he touched audiences around the world with his original song "Young Man", written for a friend battling alcoholism. His subsequent touring lifestyle and hours in front of the microphone have earned Taylor a reputation as one of the hardest working and most powerful young singer songwriters in the Australian music scene. Writing music to empower and liberate people, Jonny Taylor is a man's man who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, but also isn't afraid to cry during a sad movie. These character traits are directly reflected in his music. It's tough, edgy and masculine, but there is a vulnerability that hits home and connects with people far beyond the gruff exterior and rocky tones of his music. As the saying goes, never judge a man by his earrings...

10 Qs with Jonny Taylor

1.    What is your earliest memory of music or being interested in music?

My older brother is a drummer and was always in rock bands when I was a little boy. I wanted to be cool like my big brother so I was exposed at a young age.

 

2.     And Who would you most like to sing a duet with?

Tough question! I’ll go with Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden)

 

3.     How would you explain the music you write, play and sing?

I call it Gruntry. A cross between grunge and country. Rocky and upbeat but with a slight hint of darkness, and lyrical substance is extremely important to me. Words with purpose and significance.

 

4.    Do you have an embarrassing/funny musical experience you can share with us?

I once tried to sing 500 Miles by the Proclaimers without learning the words, so I made up the 2nd verse with some crazy jibberish that sounds like a Polish/ German hybrid. I played it cool and told the audience it was a reference to my Czechoslovakian heritage (I’m not Czech). After the show, a lady came up to me and asked what part of Czekoslovakia I’m from because she’s Chech didn’t recognize the words!

 

5.    What do you enjoy most about working in the music industry?

Just being able to be creative. Being able to inspire or move people through my creations. I think anybody who makes a living in the creative industries would say the same. Also, I’m an ex plasterer so it’s beats working for a living.

 

6.    Is there a particular artist that has had a musical influence on you?

I suppose Pearl Jam had a big influence on me in the early days in terms of who I thought was cool and wanted to be like when I grew up. The old rockstar dream. In later years I would say that some of James Blundell’s songs opened my eyes to the significance of writing with purpose, and writing about things that aren’t necessarily ‘country’ themed, but use the country style story-telling to paint a picture and send a message.

 

7.   What music are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve just got on to Chris Stapleton. I was a bit slow catching on! James Bay’s album ‘Chaos and the Calm’ has had a few runs too. Great production!

 

8.   What are some of your other interests away from music?

I’m a keen beer brewer! Our laundry has turned into a full scale home brewery operation haha. I also have an extensive crystal collection and enjoy flying kites- like all big tough men do! haha

 

9.    If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be and why?

Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)- my teenage hero and nice man (I’ve met him)

Delta Goodrem- she’s got guts and is very pretty haha

Nicole Taylor- my wife. I really like her and she could protect me from myself around Delta

 

 

10.   What are you looking forward to most over the next 12 months?

2 big things. Working on my next album and I have a cool team of people working with me on it. Also completing renovation on our little cottage. Busy times ahead but a couple big goals I’m really keen to achieve. Then it’ll be time to hit the road and go on tour again :)

Break Free - Jonny Taylor
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