Some groups I was a little hesitant to ask to do this series because I feel like they have been on the
gospel music scene for a while, but since they were still nominated in a "new" category for the Singing News Fan Awards, I figured it would be ok.
So this week's post is on the Taylors, a brother, sister group based out of North Carolina. While still considered a young group, the Taylors have demonstrated their commitment to their ministry and sharing Jesus through southern gospel music.
Question: Did you grow up with a strong southern gospel influence? When did you first become interested in southern gospel?
The Taylors: We grew up in a small Southern Baptist church singing traditional hymns. Southern gospel music was not introduced to us until we were in our teenage years. A trio came to perform a concert, and we immediately fell in love with the songs and style. It was shortly after that concert that we became interested in singing that style of music.
Q: How did you get started singing and traveling as a family?
The Taylors: Our mom taught us 4 part harmony around our family piano -an upright, out of tune, Wurlitzer. She picked songs from her choir books and we learned to love singing together, although it wasn't very good at the time! I don't remember how we got our first singing engagement, but I know there were a lot of sweet people who encouraged us. With dad behind the wheel of our minivan and older brother, Matthew, as sound technician, we would travel locally to sing for banquets, club meetings, and fundraisers. God truly blessed those early years as we continued to follow his leading.
Q: What's the one thing that you want people who walk away from your concerts to know about the Taylors?
The Taylors: We would love for each of our listeners to know two things. First, that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. That is the reason we leave our families for over 170 dates a year. As glamorous as it may seem to be a musician/group, we can honestly say that if it weren't for God's calling and anointing, we would have chosen different careers. He is the reason we exist, so we want to share his love with as many people as possible before He returns, and music is a great way to do that. Second, we will always give an invitation for those listening to accept Jesus as Savior.
Q: Do you have a favorite song that you sing? And what song from another group has ministered to you?
The Taylors: Currently, we love to sing "I'm Going to Make It." This song has a special place in our hearts as we find life to be discouraging at times, to say the least. "If Only Just a Few" by the Mark Trammell Trio is one of our favorites.
Q: What artists have been your biggest influence (musically and/or personally)?
The Taylors: There are so many. Really we couldn't even begin to name them.
Q: What has been your favorite memory so far in your ministry? Do you have a certain concert that stands out?
The Taylors: We performed a concert in Florida at a very small Methodist Church where a 93 year-old woman gave her heart to Christ for the first time in her life. That concert was not our best performance as we were weary from traveling the roads for two weeks straight. God spoke to our hearts by reminding us that when we are weary, He is strong. It was a bittersweet concert, in that, this woman came to know Christ, but when we asked her why she waited until that age to ask Jesus to save her she said no one ever gave her the chance to know the Lord. We never take a concert for granted anymore.
Q: What new things are coming up for the Taylors?
The Taylors: We have some very exciting things in the works, but we can't tell just yet! Keep an eye on our website for latest news in the coming weeks. We can't wait to let you know what's happening soon! www.thetaylorsmusic.com.