Carolyn Kruse

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Having a background in theater can only ever help elevate your game, whatever it is your playing. For my Local Catch this week, Taylor O’Connor from Grafton, MA, that background helped to bring her to the foreground in a music career. It likely gave her the confidence to write songs and get up on stage to perform them. Musical theater surely helped Taylor to be heard, literally and figuratively. Learning to project in theater is a must, and this singer/songwriter’s vocals are strong. And being given the chance to get up on a stage in the first place, is being given the chance to be recognized as an artist.

This Grafton girl left New England a few years ago for the Nashville dream. There, she has continued to write, record and perform her songs. O’Connor’s vocals are super soulful, but the influences of country and pop never leave the room. They are evident in her latest release, “Back.” It’s that combination that gives Taylor a marketable and memorable sound.

  • Taylor Made Music

    Taylor relayed how her new single came to be and what it means to her: “This song is about going back to something you can’t get away from, and once you’re back where you started you can’t take it back. Went into a write with one of my favorite people,  Kate Cameron (also from Mass) and she had this amazing Chorus idea.. she let us take her idea and make it into my latest single!”

    Give “Back” a listen here, and you will surely be back to hear it again! Just push the play arrow.

    Taylor O'Connor Local Catch "Back"

  • O'Connor Close-Up

    * Grew up in: Grafton, Massachusetts

    * Now lives in: Nashville, Tennessee

    * Current single: Back

    * What lead you to music: theatre

    * How old when you started: 8 years old

    * First country song you learned: “You Were Mine” by the Chicks

    * Instruments played: piano, guitar

    * How would you describe your sound: 1 part pop 1 part country

    * Who inspires you: Luke Combs, Justin Bieber, Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton, Carly Pearce, Miranda Lambert, Post Malone,

    * Dream duet partner: Post Malone

    * All- time favorite country song: “Beer Never Broke My Heart”- Luke Combs,  “Two Doors Down”- Dolly Parton

    * First country concert: Tim McGraw

    * If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: something in the beauty industry

    * Day Job: Nanny

    * Most proud moment: hitting 100,000 streams

    * Crazy thing that happened in your music career: being recognized in Nashville by strangers twice in one week

    * Other things you like to do: take my dog to the park & watch real housewives

    * Fun facts:  I’m left handed, I have twin sisters, I have a tattoo of eye lashes on my foot

    * Mantra: “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace” – Randy Armstrong

  • Tracking Taylor

    Keep up with Taylor’s music, shows, and day to day by following her social network pages

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  • Are YOU A Catch?

    Every week, Kruser’s Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches.

    *Singer/songwriters with original music: Please submit for consideration on The Local Catch by emailing Kruser at carolyn.kruse@bbgi.com

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