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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‘Awake Again’ is now available!

Isabel Taylor 'Awake Again'Isabel’s debut CD Awake Again is now available through CD Baby! You can order a physical or digital copy of the CD.

The CD release party on June 11 was a huge success! Playing to a standing room only crowd, Isabel was joined by producer and guitarist Jon Shain, sound engineer and bassist FJ Ventre, Ed Butler (drums), Lynn Blakey (backing vocals), Tim Stambaugh (banjo and dobro) and Kaye Saunders (piano). The party included a debut of a video for ‘Take Me Flying,’ produced by Parker Bruer. The video will be made public soon!

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