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Maria Taylor

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Maria Diane Taylor (born May 21, 1976) is an American singer/songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a member of the duo Azure Ray, with Orenda Fink, and Now It’s Overhead, both on Saddle Creek Records. She plays several instruments, including the piano, guitar, and drums.

Before you listen to her new album, Maria Taylor suggests you prepare yourself. Listen to it, she says “in a dark room, with a candle or two with headphones, maybe in the bath, but definitely horizontal.”

Though much of the deliciously diverse “LadyLuck” is inspired by the end of a relationship, it’s not dripping with sadness and grief, nor is it in-your-face empowering. Rather, Taylor strikes a stunning balance between melancholy (aching strings, hushed vocals) and uplifting (rolling rhythms, shimmering keys), highlighted by sharp lyrics that draw optimism out of sadness. This is not a woman down on her luck.

“LadyLuck”, Taylor’s third solo effort, is about “personal growth and the change that comes with it,” she says. Much of the album was written as Taylor was preparing for a move (to Los Angeles) and immediately after arriving. “This change in my life was so so needed,” she says, “that, whereas lots of older songs have happy words but a sad undertone, these songs have sad words but with hopeful undertones of renewal.”

Change is something Taylor has welcomed in her career, which started at age 15 in the Birmingham, AL-based band Little Red Rocket. Taylor later became one-half of the dream pop band Azure Ray and left in 2005 to strike out on her own.

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  • Unknowingly

    maria is such a talented songwriter and musician and an inspiring person all around.

    24 Feb 4:36pm Reply
  • machinegunalice

    I love how she really poured out her heart on "Something about Knowing". Telling all about her life since becoming a mother. Amazing!

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DreadfulHero

    I'm only a few songs but this already seems to be a far more inspired album than Overlook was. What a disappointment I thought that album was. I'm pretty sure I only listened to that album one time. Maybe I needed to give it more of a chance, but I felt utterly depressed after hearing it the first time. This new one though...

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lucasgwendt

    Something About Knowing best album ever!

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Lucasgwendt

    She is the best singer in the world! With Maria I could hone and refine my musical taste. I am eternally grateful.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • beautifullycomplete

    New record is amazing, so glad the pre-order meant listening to it 2 weeks early!

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • origamicreature

    11:11 remains her best work [2]

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hcervigni

    I'm in love with her voice. <3

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • machinegunalice

    New cd Oct 29th!

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ThomatoForce

    Haven't listened to her in ages, and back to listening again. Simply great stuff.

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Bono_for_keeps

    Damnit, I'm a month late... happy birthday, Maria!

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KeepPunchingJoe

    Just started listening to her today. Great stuff. She's like a female Elliott Smith, just a lot easier on the eyes.

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • swarmsea

    what a lovely main picture :)

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ColorfulPage

    new main pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssss

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • leikosinger

    http://entrepot.losange.net/interviews.php?id=1258 : Interview with Maria, in french!

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • silverrocket-x

    If you want to change that main pic, go give a shout to Nettwerk http://www.last.fm/label/Nettwerk that picture won't change until they unlock it. If you're lucky enough, maybe they will respond within a year or so.. ;P

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • BluesAtSix

    Their music with Orenda Fink sounds according to my opinion better and more nicely. I love the music of Azure Ray.

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • melanie_nu

    Clean Getaway and A Good Start ♥ adorable voice and lyrics

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ColorfulPage

    Even if they are not together anymore..

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ColorfulPage

    I secretly hoped that her baby's father is Conor Oberst. Uh ;/

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
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