Maria Taylor performing in 2009.
May 21, 1976 |
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Guitar, drums|
Nettwerk Music Group
|Associated acts||Azure Ray
Now It's Overhead
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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. 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 16th, 2011. Paste called Overlook "her best, most animated collection in years." 
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 Geffen—Who 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.
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.
Taylor is the mother of Miles Taylor Dwyer, born in spring 2012.
Albums with Azure Ray
- Azure Ray (2001, WARM)
- Sleep EP (WARM, 2002)
- Burn and Shiver (2002, WARM)
- November EP (Saddle Creek, 2002)
- Hold On Love (2003, Saddle Creek)
- The Drinks We Drank Last Night (Saddle Creek, 2003)
- New Resolution (Saddle Creek, 2004)
- Drawing Down the Moon (Saddle Creek, 2010)
- 11:11 (2005)
- Lynn Teeter Flower (2007)
- Savannah Drive (with Andy LeMaster) (2008)
- LadyLuck (2009)
- Overlook (2011)
- Something About Knowing (2013)
- Bright Eyes - There Is No Beginning to the Story (2002, Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002 · Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album (2002 · Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005 · Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in a Digital urn (2005 · Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - Noise Floor (2006 · Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - Four Winds (2007 · Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - Cassadaga (2007 · Saddle Creek)
- Rich Shapero - Dawn Remember (2010 · Outside Reading)
- Whispertown - Parallel (2012 · Acony Records)
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).
- La Gorce, Tammy. "Biography: Maria Taylor". Allmusic. AOL Music. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- Pamela Porosky (September, 2005). "Maria Taylor's 5-String Solo Journey". musicplayer.com. Retrieved 2007-09-04.
- 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!"
- Shapero, Rich. "Dawn Remembers: The Making of the Too Far Music".
- Official Maria Taylor Website
- Saddle Creek Records
- Maria Taylor on Myspace
- set of live videos at scheduletwo.com
- LAist Interview with Maria Taylor - November 2008
- HD Music Video of "Song Beneath the Song" at Apple QuickTime site
- Interview with Maria (Scene Point Blank) May 2007
- Lazy-i Interview: July 2005
- Video Interview with Maria Taylor