Isabel Taylor 'Awake Again'

Isabel’s debut album, Awake Again, featuring 12 original tracks and produced by veteran guitarist and singer-songwriter Jon Shain, reached number 15 on the Folk DJ chart in January 2017. The album is available from CD Baby and other online merchants. Read more about the album. Isabel is currently at work at her second album, expected out in spring 2019.


We were blown away by [Isabel’s] songs and their stories, and moved by the themes and wordcrafting, accompanied by her excellent guitar playing and striking vocals. This was truly a unique experience and one we’ll look back on, saying we knew her before her well deserved fame! Thanks for a night to remember!
– Gary Heinze and Debbie Fox, patrons, Stillwaters Supper & Songs, Marshall, VA

…A new voice that is confident and pure and original songs that are assured and authentically delivered. Disarming and vulnerable like a Nanci Griffith, seasoned and rich like a Mary Chapin Carpenter….
– Erik Balkey, Hudson Harding Music

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, North Carolina 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, Pittsboro, NC

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Back to the recording studio!

It was almost exactly three years ago that I recorded my debut album Awake Again, which much to my delight and surprise reached #15 on the Folk DJ chart in January 2017. Last week I was back in the studio with FJ Ventre and Jon Shain, the same dynamic duo that recorded and produced that first album. This new project features nine original songs, some written just after that first release, and some very recent. I can hardly express the joy I felt in the studio, and immediately following — I was on quite an emotional high! A lot has happened in the last three years, and all those experiences added up to more comfortable and confident recording sessions. I’m very fortunate to have several talented friends and my dear sister contributing to this album — Barry Gray, Leah Kaufman, and Laurelyn Dossett lent their beautiful voices, and my sister added her expressive and lovely violin. I wish I had more photos to share — I was so engrossed in what was happening in the studio I completely forgot to take them! A few more talented instrumentalists (including FJ on bass) will add their touches before we head into the mixing phase.

If all goes according to plan, the album will be released in early spring. Here’s a peek at one of the songs on the album, “Midnight Prayer,” with Jon Shain on the cuatro. Thanks to Kevin Keister for the video!

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