Florida native Christina Taylor grew up listening to the sounds of country, pop and R&B and cites some of her biggest musical influences as Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Shania Twain, Adele, Christina Aguilera and Pink. The Nashville transplant recently dropped her new single, “American Dreamin’,” which has garnered more than 200,000 streams on Spotify.
How did you get started in music?
I started singing when I was very young, but I really started taking it seriously when I was about 15 years old. I sang a few covers in my family friend’s studio and convinced my parents that I was serious about wanting to be a singer. I’ve been working at it ever since.
What was the first concert you ever attended?
Hannah Montana when I was 10 years old. I definitely cried and the show inspired me a lot.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Eric Church, Adele and Pink. They are so raw and truthful, and I strive to be like that in my music everyday.
What’s the last song you heard that blew you away?
“Tequila” by Dan + Shay. It’s so well written and definitely a song I blast in my car with the windows down.
What three words describe you as a musician?
Soulful, truthful, raw.
What is unique about your sound?
I think my bluesy vocals are what make me different in the country music world.
Have you had a musical moment that took your breath away?
I got to perform at Ryman Auditorium this past week. It was a moment I’ll never forget. It’s every county singer’s dream to play there.
What’s your favorite song to cover?
“What Is and What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin. They are my favorite band of all time.
What family member or friend has been the most supportive of your musical career?
My dad has been so supportive of my career since day one. He started out as my manager when I was 15, while also being an ER doctor. He would do anything for me and works so hard for me. I don’t think there’s anything I could do that could truly repay him.
What does your single, “American Dreamin’,” say about you as an artist?
“American Dreamin’” is a song about coming together for a better America and believing in the American dream again. This song shows how proud I am to be an American. I hope that this song helps people have more pride in living in the USA.
“American Dreamin’” has more than 200,000 streams on Spotify. Have you been surprised by its success?
I have believed in this song from the beginning, but it’s always interesting to see how other people react to the song. Seeing the amount of streams it has gotten in such a short amount of time and the positive reactions from people has just confirmed to me how much America needs this song right now.
photo courtesy of Christina Taylor