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Meet Mark Taylor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Taylor.

Hi Mark, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started in music from a very young age – given a tiny guitar when I was just 2 or 3 years old – and I was hooked. I can recall sitting on the fireplace at our home with my dad (fellow musician) and I would strum along pretending like I was making music with him. Then, by the time I was 6 or 7 years old, I would occasionally hop up with my Dad’s cover band and play a song or two. Not only was it family time well spent, but it was great practice for the future.

Fast forward a few years and the opportunity arose for me to start playing professionally at local swim clubs and restaurants that would let me in the door. This quickly became my passion and I couldn’t stop. These small shows for friends and family eventually turned into 150+ dates per year at Bars, Large Music Venues, Restaurants, Pools, etc. all over the country, with a focus on the MD, DE, VA, PA, NC, and DC areas.

Recently, I had the honor of opening for the likes of Big & Rich, Wiz Khalifa, and CMA Fest Artist Matt Dylan.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I consider myself to be very lucky in this industry. I’ve had the pleasure of working with great people, friends, and family. My team has been amazing, my co-writers, bandmates…everyone has been amazing.

The music industry is a tough one to navigate and while no road in this industry is ever “smooth”, I have not faced a lot of adversity or any struggles reaching my goals. All it takes is one person to say yes for so many doors to open, and I’ve been wedging my foot in the door for eight years now.

During COVID-19, obviously all communities were hit very hard, especially the music community. I was happy to be able to move my platform online, and I also got to writing. You can find my debut single, “Buzzed on a Boat” out now anywhere you stream your music.

This was a product of COVID-19 and the struggles of being locked inside for so long, I was so excited to share it with the world and I hope it can bring you the joy it brought me while writing it!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
For the last seven years, I have been the “cover song one man band” in every bar within 100 miles of Baltimore, MD. The last few years have been influential in my development however, as I came to find my love for country music in addition to the rock, pop, and classic rock music that I loved so much. I had always liked country, but I really started to connect with me by the time I reached High School.

Fast forward a few years, I am now a Senior at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, a Nashville Country Music Recording Artist, and someone who still gets to play their fair share of bar shows.

What I’m most proud of in my career so far has nothing to do with any awards or hardware…it’s meeting the people who have been touched either by my music or the music I played. Playing music in the area for so long has lead me many places with many different people and each time I hear a story about, “Mark that one time when you played…” makes my day each time.

What sets me apart from others has to be my sound and writing that goes into each performance and each original song. My sound is a unique blend of country, pop, rock, and classic rock which not many people have. My songwriting is very specific as I like to set the scene for the listeners. I love using imagery and explaining, both through the words and music, what I’m feeling.

How do you think about happiness?
What makes me happy is the rush of being on stage, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing with my dog! There is nothing better than nailing a song in front of a huge crowd yelling the words back in your face louder than you can crank the microphone. This is something I really missed out on when COVID-19 hit and something that I will for sure never take for granted again.

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Riley Herriman

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