After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Steve Taylor returned to Michigan and became a fixture in the Detroit music scene. Blending soulful music and intimate lyrics, Steve Taylor performs all over Michigan as a solo acoustic artist and with his band, The Steve Taylor Three.
Zoe is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Clarkston Michigan. She started her singing career at a young age, studying at the Kincer Vocal Coaching Studio, where she also learned how to write her own music. Zoe has performed on a national broadway tour, and received an Outstanding Performer award at Berklee College of Music. Zoe has studied at Interlochen Center for Performing Arts, and is currently working on her debut EP. Zoe is is so happy to be back at 20 Front Street, where she also works as a barista at the social café!
How does one write a bio about himself? It’s just plain weird. The story is way too long. What should I leave out? Who else should I include? I’m not looking forward to this but here it goes.
I’m basically a 40 year old music fan that found a way to make a career out of something I absolutely love. Hey , not a bad start. I have a four year old little girl, an amazing wife who supports me, a sweet dog named Coco, and a recording studio that I started from scratch. Each day is an adventure and I never really know what is going to happen. But one thing is certain, I’m going to put my heart into every single stinking note I hear, record, or play.
The Early Years
I started music late . I purchased my first guitar when I was 18. By the time I was 21 my brother and I started a band called The Haskels. We really had no idea what we were doing but we had a great time doing it. We signed a small record deal and we had the pleasure of recording with Brendan Benson in his all analog home studio. This is where I initially got the recording bug. We traveled the country and didn’t make a dime but that didn’t matter. We cut our teeth. We learned what it took to make music with others. This was the perfect way to start the journey.
God bless my mom and dad. Not everyone would give their 23 year old kid who dropped out of college a $4000 loan to buy a Pro Tools recording setup. I think by then they knew I was going to figure out a way to make this music thing happen in some way, shape, or form. I started much earlier using a 4 track cassette recorder but now I was stepping into the world of production. I spent every second I had in the basement figuring out how to get sounds, write better songs, and hone the craft. Learning from my own mistakes on my own recordings was my best education. I spent 3 years doing this before I officially was hired to record another artist. I’ve been recording and producing other artists from all over the country for the past 11 years. This has become my thing and I love it. I literally cannot wait to go to work everyday. I’m lucky that I get to say that.
The Later Years – Today
I had developed many relationships with some great people and some great musicians from the state of Michigan. The most vital was Donny Brown from the band The Verve Pipe. Donny took me under his wing early and helped me develop as an artist and a songwriter. Eventually he would become one of my greatest friends as well. I was asked to fill in on an east coast tour with TVP and was later asked to join the band. For four years I got to travel the world and play music with a great group of guys.
As far as songwriting, I’ve had a few outlets. Ive released a couple of solo records, a record under the title An American Underdog, and The Legal Matters. I am still currently in The Legal Matters and I am still releasing records under my name. Making my own records has always been something I completely love. It gave me the opportunity to play with some of the best musicians on the planet. I have carved enough musical memories for a lifetime but I feel like this is just the beginning. As long as I’m able, I will keep making noise. That’s all I really know how to do.
In 2018, Detroit based singer/songwriter, Emily Rose released ‘Wake Up Brave’, a collection of story songs that are intimate and confessional, peculiar but relatable. She has recieved six Detroit music awards for songwriting, artistry, and vocals in the Americana/Folk category and her songs have been placed in video games and films. Emily is a published poet, and will soon release her first comedy album.