Mikaya Taylor is a few steps ahead of most 12 year olds, singing in Bluegrass festivals and learning the ins and outs of the music business. Earlier this month i received the Youtube link you will find below, needless to say I was blown away. I grew up with two happily married parents and it still hit me in the gut when I heard this song of loss. She has a way with the words and you can feel her pain when she sings it. I feel for her, I feel like it happened to me when I’m listening, the emotion just pours out.
Here is the list of things I was doing at 11 years old: Riding bikes, catching frogs bare-handed, and mastering the art of naming the make and model of every car that drove by the house. Needless to say, none of those things really shape a future career. I guess you could roll the car thing into being a cop, and I do sell motorcycle parts, but the live-frog trade is not really hot in my area.
Many of the videos on Mikaya’s Youtube channel are from a Bluegrass festival she played at, it’s clear she is comfortable on stage and enjoys playing and singing. Mixed in with the Bluegrass videos you will find a few great bluegrass covers of classics such as “Jolene”, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”, and “When You Say Nothing At All”. If she sang “Blue” I might fall out of my chair.
It’s very clear that Mikaya has a future in music, whether as a hobby or a career, whichever she might choose. She has the voice and clearly enjoys it, if she can string together a few more songs with HALF the feeling of “I Never Really Knew Him”, she’s going to be beating the record execs back with a stick. I’ll be keeping an eye on her in the future, and I wish her much success in her journey.
Find out more about Mikaya on her pages:
Web page: www.mikayataylor.com/