Maria Taylor performing at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA in 2016.
|Birth name||Maria Diane Taylor|
May 21, 1976|
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
|Genres||Indie rock, folk rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Guitar, drums|
Flower Moon Records
Nettwerk Music Group
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. Taylor plays several instruments, including the piano, guitar, and drums, and has collaborated or performed with such artists as Bright Eyes, Moby, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Joshua Radin, Nik Freitas and more.
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.
Taylor later moved to Athens, Georgia along with her musical collaborator, Fink where they formed the band Azure Ray. The pair signed to WARM and released their self-titled debut in 2001. The song "Sleep" was later featured in the 2006 Academy Award nominated movie, The Devil Wears Prada featuring Anne Hathaway. In 2015, Taylor Swift included "Sleep" in a 6-song "breakup playlist" made for a fan via her official Tumblr. Azure Ray released their second album, Burn and Shiver in 2002. Eric Bachmann (Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf) produced both records. After meeting the band in Athens, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst invited the band on tour and introduced them to Saddle Creek. Saddle Creek release their following records, November EP, The Drinks We Drank Last Night, 2003's Hold on Love. Following the release of Hold on Love, Taylor and Fink began a 6-year hiatus.
Taylor released her first solo album 11:11 on Saddle Creek Records on May 24, 2005. The album features Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Gretta Cohn of Cursive, Andy LeMaster and Mike Mogis as both musicians and producers. Grey's Anatomy named its March 31, 2011 episode Song Beneath the Song after a track from the album and also featured the song on the original soundtrack. Taylor later recorded a new song for Grey's Anatomy's 2005 Christmas episode entitled "Christmas After All."  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. "The Ballad of Sean Foley" was co-written with Conor Oberst. The following year she released an acoustic album titled Savannah Drive with Andy LeMaster which includes stripped down versions of songs from her first two albums, plus one new track, "Tell Me." On March 31, 2009 she released her third full length, LadyLuck via Nettwerk Music Group featuring the song "Cartoons and Forever Plans," co-written by and including guest vocals from R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. LadyLuck reached number 48 on Billboard's "Heatseakers" charts.
Overlook, Maria's 4th solo album, was released August 16, 2011. After moving back to her hometown of Birmingham, Taylor was unable to write for nearly a year, eventually composing the entire album over two weeks during a break in touring with Azure Ray. This release marks the first time Taylor produced her own album. Paste called Overlook "her best, most animated collection in years." 
In August of 2012, Rolling Stone premiered the new EP from Azure Ray, As Above, So Below. It was released on September 4, 2012 on Saddle Creek Records.. The next year, Taylor released her fifth solo record Something About Knowing on October 29, 2013 on Saddle Creek Records.
After moving back to Los Angeles, Taylor wrote and recorded In the Next Life, released December 9, 2016 on her own label, Flower Moon Records. The album features guest appearances from familiar collaborators Joshua Radin, Conor Oberst and more. "If Only" (featuring Oberst) was prominently featured in NBC's This Is Us. NPR, who premiered the full album stream, called it "her warmest and most affecting album... filled with gorgeous, touching songs about family, legacy, fear and the pursuit of contentment."
In November of 2017, Taylor joined Ben Lee and an all star band of other musicians as Daniel Johnston's back band during the Los Angeles stop of his final tour.. That same month, Azure Ray announced they would once again reunite for a one-off show in Los Angeles at the Lodge Room on January 20, 2018.
In April of 2018, Paste premiered "Real Life (Trump Era) from the Friends and Family Vol. 1 compilation, put out on her label, Flower Moon Records. Released May 11, 2018, other contributors included Azure Ray bandmate Orenda Fink, Nik Freitas, Louis Schefano, Jake Bellows, and more. Flower Moon Records has since re-released Taylor's earlier albums, 11:11 and LadyLuck, as well as Azure Ray's self-titled record and Burn and Shiver.
- 11:11 (2005, Flower Moon Records)
- Lynn Teeter Flower (2007, Saddle Creek)
- Savannah Drive (with Andy LeMaster) (2008, Flower Moon Records)
- LadyLuck (2009, Flower Moon Records)
- "In a Bad Way" single (2011, Saddle Creek)
- Overlook (2011, Saddle Creek)
- Something About Knowing (2013, Saddle Creek)
- In the Next Life (2016, Flower Moon Records)
- "Light of the World" single with Louis Schefano (2017, Flower Moon Records)
- Azure Ray (2001, WARM)
- Sleep EP (2002, WARM)
- Burn and Shiver (2002, WARM)
- November EP (2002, Saddle Creek)
- Hold On Love (2003, Saddle Creek)
- The Drinks We Drank Last Night (2003, Saddle Creek)
- New Resolution (2004, Saddle Creek)
- Drawing Down the Moon (2010, Saddle Creek)
- As Above, So Below (2012, Saddle Creek)
- Grey's Anatomy - Official Soundtrack (2005, Touchstone Pictures)
- Lagniappe: A Saddle Creek Benefit for Hurricane Katrina Relief (2005, Saddle Creek)
- This Is Us - Music from the Series (2017, Universal Music/Twentieth Century Fox)
- Grey's Anatomy - Official Soundtrack Vol. 1, 2, & 3 (2009)
- Flower Moon Records - Friends and Family Volume 1 (2018, Flower Moon Records)
- 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)
- Joshua Radin - "When You Find Me," Adam (Original Motion Pitcure Soundtrack) (2009)
- Rich Shapero - Dawn Remember (2010, Outside Reading)
- Nik Freitas - Saturday Night Underwater (2011, Little Record Company)
- Whispertown - Parallel (2012, Acony Records)
- Conor Oberst - Salutations (2017, Nonesuch Records)
- Nik Freitas - Day & Dark (2018)
- "Song Beneath The Song" (11:11)
- "A Good Start" (Lynn Teeter Flower)
- "Time Lapse Lifeline" (LadyLuck) - featuring Neely Jenkins (of Tilly and the Wall) and Morgan Nagler (of Whispertown), directed by Alan Tanner
- "Cartoons and Forever Plans" (LadyLuck) - featuring actor/singer Soko and was directed by SKINNY (Directing Team)
- "Matador" (Overlook)
- "Up All Night" (Something About Knowing) - directed by Alan Tanner,
- "If Only" (In the Next Life) - featuring Conor Oberst and Louis Schefano
- "Just Once" (In the Next Life) - featuring Nik Freitas, Jake Bellows of Neva Dinova and more.
- "Light of the World" (with Louis Schefano)
- "The Devil Wears Prada". June 30, 2006 – via IMDb.
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- "The Maria Taylor Interview: "I Married A Republican" And Other Stories From The Deep South". Rock NYC. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
- "Birmingham's Maria Taylor on new CD and new song, 'If Only,' on NBC show 'This is Us'". Alabama NewsCenter. 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
- Shapero, Rich. "Dawn Remembers: The Making of the Too Far Music".
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- Gnapster (November 15, 2006). "Crooked Fingers - New Drink for the Old Drunk" – via YouTube.