I’ve always had a soft spot for Maria Taylor, added plus when she dedicated a song to me at a concert, bless her cotton socks. Meanwhile, I interviewed her during the 2013 Something About Knowing, tour, and loved her even more. At the time, Maria was thinking of packing in the music biz and becoming a teacher and thankfully it didn’t stick. Three years later there is a new album in the wings, and a video with her ex-Conor Oberst, in which she appears to be imagining a different past for them if only they had married. The married with children Maria gets away with it and then some. Here is the PR release and the video:
Her songs are craftily constructed, with lyrics equally committed to clarity and poetry…
She knows what she’s doing…”
– A.V. Club
“A wonderfully warm presence.”
“Organic Southern-flavored folk pop.”
Birmingham, AL – November 16, 2016 – Singer-songwriter Maria Taylor has teamed up with Billboard to exclusively premiere her new video ‘If Only” today! “If Only” is the first single to release off of Maria’s upcoming album In The Next Life, and features guest vocals from Conor Oberst. The single originally premiered via Stereogum, here: https://goo.gl/tOvm5A. Set to release on December 9th, In The Next Life is Maria’s sixth solo effort and first release on her own label, Flower Moon Records. Watch “If Only” on Billboard, here: https://goo.gl/LdwQg9
Maria co-produced In The Next Life alongside Nik Freitas (Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band), Andy LeMaster and Mike Bloom, which features guest vocals from Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Joshua Radin, Macey Taylor (Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Jenny Lewis, AA Bondy), Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), Louis Schefano (Remy Zero, Suspicious Light), Morgan Nagler (Whispertown), and Tiffany Osborn.
After putting out four full-length albums and two EPs as one half of Azure Ray (with co-vocalist Orenda Fink) and lending her voice, piano and drumming skills on numerous Bright Eyes records, Maria announced her solo career in 2005 – a change that would pave the way for five critically acclaimed albums and collaborations with renowned artists such as Jim Eno (Spoon), Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Moby, Doug Easley(Cat Power, Pavement), David Barbe (Sugar, Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt) and Crooked Fingers. As a performer, Maria has shared the stage with Ben Lee, Josh Rouse, Joshua Radin, Jason Isbell, Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and more. Over the years, fans have heard her music on TV shows such as Unforgettable, Suburgatory, Private Practice, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Greek and One Tree Hill.
In The Next Life is set to release on December 9, 2016 via Flower Moon Records. For more information, please visit: mariataylormusic.com