When a song called ‘Fall on Me‘, was played on the Johnnie Walker show on BBC Radio 2, he was inundated with e-mails wanting to know who this new singer songwriter was, where they could find out about her, and most importantly would he ‘please play more‘.
He had so many requests that he decided to mention her website the next day, and informed the listeners that it was taken from ‘Montpelier‘ a debut album by a singer songwriter called Jane Taylor who was from Bristol and who interestingly enough had produced everything under her own little label, Bicycle Records. He played her song again the next day only to be inundated once more with questions and messages of ‘more please..‘.
Johnnie Walker then invited to her to play a live session on his show and the cd requests and e-mails flooded in again. Since then Jane has appeared on Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends‘, secured an international distribution deal, had a track from the album included on The Word magazine, and landed support slots opening for Jools Holland, Bill Wyman, Paolo Nutini, Seth Lakeman, Midge Ure, Andy Fairweather-Low and The Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan. And having just recorded her second album with Mercury nominee Producer Colin Elliot, one of Bristol’s finest singer songwriters is truly on her way.
Just a year earlier, she had decided to give up her normal job in the real world and make a go of it as a full time singer songwriter, on a whim, after a chat with a rather convincing friend.
A month after later, she found herself in a studio in Bristol bumping into Massive Attack guitarist Angelo Bruschini, who then agreed to play on her first recorded track ‘Blowing This Candle Out’. The track went on to win best song in the ‘International Songwriter Of The Year’ competition and landed Jane her first major gig, in London’s famous Ronnie Scotts. And so began the whirlwind of a journey that took a girl out of her bedroom where she’d been playing solo for years, and into the great big world.
The Bristol music community is strong and has integrity. And word travels fast when there’s something new, credible and exciting on the scene. So it wasn’t long before Jane had formed a band, made up of some of the finest musicians in Bristol and started touring around the UK and Ireland. She also went on to perform in Germany and Italy, gathering more and more beloved fans along the way.
Sony TV then requested that another of her tracks, (which was just a demo), ‘Getting To Me’ be played on the hit TV series Dawsons Creek and Jane decided it was time to set up her own label, Bicycle Records.
Together with award winning Producer and composer Bill Lovelady, her band, and backed by her fan base who pre-bought the album half a year in advance, she created her first album ‘Montpelier’. Made on a complete shoe- string, it was recorded in a barn in Oxford in freezing cold October. Wearing hats, gloves, coats and drinking endless cups of hot tea and trying to record around crowing cockerels, squeaky wheelbarrows and one local celebrity who liked to take his plane out most days, ‘Montpelier’ was born. The barn was chosen for it’s unique acoustics and it’s what eventually gave the album such an individual sound.
Two years on she has just completed her brand new album, which she recorded in Sheffield, with Mercury nominated producer Colin Eliot (particularly famous for his work on Richard Hawley’s ‘Coles Corner’ album). Jane and the band finally got to work in a heated studio, with windows and light, a piano and floorboards…not a pair of gloves in site. And the result seems to be a mighty powerful album, which she’s entitled ‘Compass’.
As well as Jane’s trade mark classical string arrangements performed by her band; Bethany Porter (Cello), Robin Davies (Double Bass), Feargus Hetherington (Violin), It also features a Gospel choir, the Hawley band and the Grimethorpe Colliery band (who appeared in the Ewan McGregor film ‘Brassed Off’). And a very special rhythm track on a song called ‘Cracks’, made up of everything from a rustling bin to the cellists impression of the sound of a dolphin. A track you can hear on www.myspace.com/janetaylormusic
’ Jane Taylor is no ordinary singer songwriter. She has this intangible magic in her voice. The kind that draws you in and holds you right there until the moment you notice that you’ve forgotten to breathe and then you hear her words (which bizarrely seem to have been written for you), and stand there transfixed like its a bit of fate that brought you here and I will defy anyone not to leave without a cd or at least humming one of her songs’ – Get Rhythm.
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Jane has a healthy international fan base with cd sales in Australia, Canada, US and Europe. She's tours the UK frequently with her band and has also toured Germany and Ireland, as well as performing in Italy and France
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