Brittany Taylor didn’t inherit her musical ability from anyone in her family.
It comes straight from her roots.
Brittany shares geography with Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakum, The Judds, Patty Loveless, and Loretta Lynn. She was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky just minutes from the legendary US 23, better known as the Country Music Highway. It’s a part of the country that has produced some of country music’s biggest stars.
The fact that her home turf had produced yet another star was evident in Brittany at an early age when she was noticed by a family friend at age four singing her ABCs. At 7, she began singing on the Kentucky Opry stage and hasn’t stopped since.
“I was really shy and didn’t want to be in front of anyone, but as soon as I got involved in performing at the Opry, it became the only thing I ever wanted to do.”
After learning to play guitar at age 17, Brittany moved to Nashville with a promise to her parents that she would go to college. While attending MTSU, she landed an internship at Cal IV Entertainment on Music Row. Out of that internship came a publishing deal and she found herself in a trio called Triple Run.
The band had some success and opened for some promising country acts, but it was never what Brittany set out to do.
Shortly after, in 2017, she was hit with the roughest year of her life.
“Eric quit the band, I went through a divorce, my car broke down, my dog died, and I got robbed while trying to sell my wedding ring in a Craigslist deal,” she remembers. “I basically lived a country song for an entire year. So, I started doing some soul searching and started writing my story because I believe when you are on the wrong path in life and you are afraid to fix it yourself, God will do it for you. That’s what happened to me. It wasn’t fun, and it wasn’t easy, but it was all necessary to get me where I am today.”
With new music coming out of her newfound freedom – from her band and her ex-husband – Brittany says she feels like she just moved to town and is ready to make her first solo record.
“I’m grateful for my past and all of the hurt that came from it and the lessons I’ve learned. I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve grown as a person and as an artist. Now I’m ready for anything. I think everything happens for a reason and serves its purpose.”
As soon as Brittany started listening to her gut and letting go of her fears, things started happening for her. A friend, legendary producer David Ferguson, felt compelled to introduce Brittany to the Black Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach. Within weeks, she had written eight new songs with him.
Now taking what she and Auerbach started, Brittany is developing those songs with producer Dave Brainerd, who she credits as one of her favorites.
“I remember when Brandi Clark’s record came out! I googled everything about it! Who the writers were, who the producers were. I was such a fan of Dave’s work, so I am thrilled to be working with him!”
The choice of producer is such an important decision to make because that person has a massive hand in how a record sounds. “There are a million ways to produce the same song, but only one way that will truly match who I am as a person. I want to get all my influences in there and still make something fresh and new. My new music is definitely country. It’s all my favorites meshed into one. There’s a hint of Linda Ronstadt with a Patty Loveless kinda twang that showcases my Eastern Kentucky roots.”
So, although there will be some of her past heartache in her songs, Brittany says she loves starting from the ground up.
“I feel like I just got to town and get to start fresh. I have so many amazing people helping me push this thing forward and encouraging me in my solo career. I am so grateful. I spent a lot of time trying to put myself and the music I made into a box that I thought would equal success. Now, I just want to make music that’s true to who I am and where I’m from. And if success is a side effect of the music I make then great! That’s just a bonus.”
While making her new record, Brittany, who is no stranger to the road, has been playing guitar and singing harmonies with Warner Brothers recording artist Dee White who is touring with Ashley McBride.
Still working on her own record when she’s home, Brittany plans to release the new material and follow that up with a tour of her own in early 2019.