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Jane Taylor

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Bristol, United Kingdom (2003 – present)

Jane Taylor (born 19 July 1972) is a British guitarist, pianist, songwriter and vocalist. Based in Bristol, UK, Taylor won the UK and International Songwriting Competition in 2003 with her song Blowing This Candle Out. Her second album Compass was awarded the Best Album title in the Folk / Singer-Songwriter category at the 2010 Independent Music Awards.

It was in 2003 that Taylor decided make a go of it as a full time singer-songwriter. A month later, she found herself in a studio in Bristol recording her first single with Massive Attack guitarist Angelo Bruschini. The track was called Blowing This Candle Out and went on to win Best Song in the International Songwriter Of The Year competition, and landed Jane her first major gig at London’s famous Ronnie Scotts.

Taylor’s 2005 debut album hit BBC national radio when Johnnie Walker decided to play the opening track from an album entitled Montpelier that he found on his desk, because he liked the cover (a charcoal sketch of her street which Jane had doodled herself). The response from the listeners was enormous, highly unusual for an ‘unknown’ and Johnnie Walker played the track over 15 times, despite it not actually being on the play list and invited Jane into the studio to perform a live session on the show.

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