Sally Taylor cuts to the core of soul with folk rock |

Sally Taylor cuts to the core of soul with folk rock

Kimberly Nicoletti

BEAVER CREEK – Sally Taylor has some friends in the music business – namely her parents, James Taylor and Carly Simon – but rather than use their names to sign on at a major label, she’s creating herself, both as a person and a musician.

The 28-year-old Boulder resident believes in developing herself and learning about the business from the ground up before delegating the responsibility to someone else and being created by a major label. She tours throughout the country and releases and sells albums herself.

She began recording at age 4 – over her parents’ demo tapes – when she learned pushing the play and record buttons together preserved her made-up songs about pumpkins and other important things. In her family, singing was as natural as eating.

“I guess that sort of rubbed off on me,” she said. “There was always singing during meals … singing about spaghetti or whatever there was for dinner.”

As a teen-ager, melodies drifted through her mind while sleeping, so she kept a tape recorder by her bedside and hummed the song upon awakening. When she was 21, her dad taught her to play guitar, and she began to write songs with the instrument, adding words later.

At first, she wanted to sing with a large band to create a big sound, but she has returned to the basics, playing more intimate shows with her three-piece band.

“The way that we perform our music is very interactive,” she said. “People can relate easily to the content of the music and the way we’re expressing it. Music cuts to the core of the soul. When it’s doing its job, it connects people. … It’s like one big soul connecting to the whole.”

Her folk-rock sound is an eclectic grouping of jazz, rock and pop music.

“(I’m inspired by) anything intense,” she said, “beauty, pain, pleasure, extreme light, extreme dark. My inspiration definitely comes from the mood that I’m in.”

Her performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling (888) 920-2787.

For more information on Sally Taylor, visit

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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