Maria Taylor

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This article is about the musician. For the British missionary to China, see Maria Jane Taylor.
Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor at Paradiso Amsterdam (4).jpg
Maria Taylor performing in 2009.
Background information
Born (1976-05-21) May 21, 1976 (age 38)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Genres Singer/Songwriter
Indie rock
Folk rock
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Guitar, drums
Labels Saddle Creek
Nettwerk Music Group
Associated acts Azure Ray
Now It's Overhead
Bright Eyes

Maria Diane Taylor (born May 21, 1976) is an American singer/songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a member of the duo Azure Ray with Orenda Fink, also signed with Saddle Creek Records and has played in Bright Eyes and Now It's Overhead. She plays several instruments, including the piano, guitar, and drums, and has collaborated with such artists as Bright Eyes, Moby, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., David Barbe, and Crooked Fingers.

She released her first solo album 11:11 on Saddle Creek Records on May 24, 2005. Her second solo album, Lynn Teeter Flower, was released on March 6, 2007, also on Saddle Creek. "A Good Start," the first track off Lynn Teeter Flower, was subsequently named one of NPR's 10 best songs of the year for 2007.[1] She released an acoustic album titled Savannah Drive with Andy LeMaster in fall of 2008. On March 31, 2009 she released her third full length, LadyLuck via Nettwerk Music Group. Saddle Creek Records released her 4th solo album, Overlook August 16, 2011. Paste called Overlook "her best, most animated collection in years." [2]

Taylor released Something About Knowing on October 29, 2013 on Saddle Creek Records.


Maria Taylor started her musical career at the age of fifteen in the band Little Red Rocket with Orenda Fink which released two CDs on GeffenWho Did You Pay (1997) and It's in the Sound (2000). The group disbanded during the merging of Geffen with Universal Music Group. Afterwards, Taylor moved to Athens, Georgia along with her musical collaborator, Fink. There, they formed the band Azure Ray. The pair signed to WARM and released their self-titled debut as well as their second album, Burn and Shiver. The duo then relocated to Omaha, NE and released two additional records on Saddle Creek, the November EP and Hold on Love. Following the release of Hold on Love, Taylor and Fink began a 6 year hiatus, releasing their own solo records. They reformed in 2010 releasing Drawing Down the Moon and As Above So Below in 2012.

They were also involved in another Saddle Creek band, Now It's Overhead.

Taylor has contributed her vocals to Bright Eyes, Joshua Radin, Moby, Crooked Fingers, Whispertown and Abra Moore.[3]

Her song "Time Lapse Lifeline" was featured in the "The Beaver In The Otter" episode of "Bones". Her music has also been featured frequently on the popular TV series, Grey's Anatomy—"Song Beneath The Song" from her first solo album 11:11 was on the Grey's Anatomy Season 1 Soundtrack. Maria Taylor's also had a song featured on the hit ABC Family series Greek. "No Stars" from Taylor's album Lynn Teeter Flower was also featured on the prom episode of the CW's One Tree Hill; she also has had a song featured on the series Scrubs. Taylor always removes the high E-string on her guitar before playing, even in concert.[4]

Taylor is the mother of Miles Taylor Dwyer, born in spring 2012.[5]


Albums with Azure Ray[edit]




Music videos[edit]

Maria's film clips include "Song Beneath The Song" from 11:11, "A Good Start" from Lynn Teeter Flower, and "Time Lapse Lifeline" and "Cartoons and Forever Plans" from LadyLuck. The song "Cartoons and Forever Plans" was co-written with and also features R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. The video features actor/singer Soko and was directed by SKINNY (Directing Team).

Maria is also featured in the video for "Four Winds" by Bright Eyes.


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  3. ^ La Gorce, Tammy. "Biography: Maria Taylor". Allmusic. AOL Music. Retrieved 2007-01-17. 
  4. ^ Pamela Porosky (September 2005). "Maria Taylor's 5-String Solo Journey". Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Maria (9 May 2012). "Maria Taylor". Facebook. Retrieved 10 May 2012. "we welcomed our son. miles taylor dwyer, last week. everyone's healthy and overwhelmed with love!" 
  6. ^ Shapero, Rich. "Dawn Remembers: The Making of the Too Far Music". 

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