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January 16, 2009
Adele with Angel Taylor
at World Cafe Live
Listne to Adele w/ Angel Taylor in a live concert broadcast this week on XPN's Free at Noon show at World Cafe Live. A co-production of WXPN and NPR Music.
A English singer-songwriter, Adele has always loved to sing. A fan of artists as diverse as Etta James, Jeff Buckley and Jill Scott, Adele developed a powerful voice of her own. WXPN welcomes Adele, who performs songs from her first album, 19.
Enrolling in the BRIT School, producing Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash, Imogen Heap and Leona Lewis, Adele became a MySpace sensation in 2007. Drawing from her day-to-day experiences during her turbulent teenage years, Adele invests her ballads about love and heartbreak with startling ease and maturity.
The innocence and enthusiasm of 20-year-old singer/songwriter Angel Taylor is palpable and infectious. It feels good to be enveloped in her tender lyrics and gentle melodies. And success is coming quickly to the soft-spoken California native. Barely out of her teens and only a few years evolved from novice poet and musician, in quick order she arrived in the New York for the first time, auditioned for producer Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Brendan James) and signed with Aware/Columbia. Heady stuff for sure, but Taylor is far from jaded. Her appeal is derived from an authentic sweetness and sensitivity. The resonance of her fractured lyrical fairy tales transports listeners back to their own first awkward misadventures in romance. To enjoy her debut release Love Travels is to be engulfed in relatable insecurities, disappointments and ultimately youthful hope for the surprises that lay ahead. Her true talent as a songwriter is taking what is universal, the often mundane basis of pop music, and make it seems fresh and alive. "Anyone who has ever wanted to be loved very deeply by someone, but hasn't, will totally be able to grab hold of these songs," says Taylor. "That's what this album is about – wanting it so bad, not having it, and wondering why... It's a lot of questions."
Opening track "Chai Tea Latte" dissects a multi-cultural love that never was and echoes John Mayer – her favorite musician and now label mate on Columbia. Taylor never wanted a recording contract, but happenstance is making her, like Mayer, a standout voice in the din of pop culture excesses. Pursuing nothing more than a way to record her songs as a family Christmas gift, an email to Mikal Blue yielded an impromptu audition and label attention. What happens now will be driven the lust for life and charisma captured on Love Travels.
Recent Release: Love Travels
Release Date: November 2008
Origin: Santa Clarita, CA
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