A songwriter’s songwriter, with deep roots in the folk tradition….Isabel’s moving lyrics ride perfectly on top of waves of acoustic guitar. Her vocals, tender and somewhat haunting, echo the truth of her insights on life, love, and the human condition.
– Kirk Ridge, NC Songwriters Co-op

We hear a lot of acts here, and Isabel’s voice is one of the most beautiful we’ve heard!
– Greg Lewis, Owner, Pittsboro Roadhouse

‘Awake Again’ is now available!

Isabel’s debut CD, Awake Again, featuring 12 original tracks and produced by veteran guitarist and singer-songwriter Jon Shain, is now available!

About the CD

Awake Again is the debut release of Chapel Hill, NC singer-songwriter Isabel Taylor. Reflecting the formative influence of 60s and 70s folk music, Taylor’s songs lean towards modern- or country-folk. The album’s title references a lyric in the track “Making My Way Back,” about her reawakening to her musical path after abandoning it for years. Awake Again represents three years of Taylor’s songwriting.

Having worked her way from open mics to her own shows, Taylor connected with award-winning songwriter and guitarist Jon Shain to sharpen her guitar skills. About a year later, with Shain’s encouragement and offer to act as producer, the pair selected a dozen songs for her debut album. After a couple of months of polishing and pre-production work, they entered the studio in January 2016.

Produced by Shain and engineered by FJ Ventre (longtime Shain collaborator and locally sought-after bassist), the CD features a host of NC-based luminaries in supporting roles. In addition to Shain on guitar and Ventre on bass, guests include Ed Butler (drums), Lynn Blakey of Tres Chicas (backing vocals), Tim Stambaugh (banjo), Allyn Love (pedal steel), Rob Sharer (bamboo flute), Kaitlin Grady of Saints Apollo (cello) and Kaye Saunders (piano). The result is a fully fleshed-out – and at the same time, subtle – rendering of Taylor’s intimate songs.

The songs are personal and yet relatable, dealing with self-reflection, lessons learned, and the path forward.

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Fall Update

Since the release of Awake Again, I’ve had several wonderful opportunities to share my songs. In July, I opened for Jon Shain, Molly McGinn and Sam Frazier at Doodad Farm in Greensboro, and in August I went on a very fun mini-tour in Virginia and Maryland with Tokyo Rosenthal and Michael Daughtry. September was busy, with a performance at a Pinnacle View private event, sharing the Cary Theater stage with NC songwriters Wyatt Easterling, Kirk Ridge, Rebekah Todd, and Dean Driver, and playing for a great crowd at Steel String Brewery for the Carrboro Music Festival. As I follow my heart — the heart of the little girl who always loved to sing — I continue to be grateful and amazed at the support of friends, fans, and fellow musicians. Singing brings me a lot of joy — thanks for listening and letting me share my joy with you!

The next couple of months will be less busy, by design. I like to focus on my family and friends during the holiday season, and I’m also making time to do more songwriting. I have just a couple of performances before the New Year arrives, and am working on 2017 bookings. Please subscribe to my mailing list if you’re interested in getting updates. Remember: music heals!

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