Taking cover under a Pop umbrella is Taylor B-W: a modern-day, nostalgia Queen serving unapologetic, phat Pop/R&B music with ‘lyricism that is personal, relatable, and tackling a full spectrum of emotion’.
Constantly performing energetic shows on stages around Sydney, either acoustically or with her band (selling out The Vanguard, Street Market and Django Bar), B-W is beginning to make a name for herself in the indie scene. She rediscovered her passion for music after initially pursuing an acting career. After developing health issues due to the pressure of such a career, she also switched her attention to wildlife conservation, becoming a qualified zookeeper at Sydney’s Taronga Training Institute, and is still involved in her generation’s climate change activism.
Taylor B-W’s songs are capsules of her mind and her past, clearing out the cobwebs. She delves into common issues that her generation deals with daily: depression and anxiety, financial instability, destructive relationships and heartbreak, loneliness in a digital world, body dysmorphia, eco-anxiety, and the yearning for inner peace. B-W is simply on a soul-searching quest to heal the cracks in her relationship with herself and those around her: “I guess, I’m always just trying to make sense of it all." However, although her songs are very reflective, with a sombre and moody undertone, don’t be fooled. B-W’s music offers hope and resilience through hardship - she wants her songs to empower the underdogs (a concept she relates to well) and hope they know that someone is always there for them.
Part of B-W’s charm is her goofy persona on and off stage. She is a youthful, funny and vivacious spirit, which is genuinely infectious. She does admit, however: “My silliness is self-preservation and also a genuine urgent need to make others feel comfortable and happy around me - it's on auto-pilot. But my humour is sometimes detrimental because I don’t always know how to be vulnerable in public although I am seriously an emotional, sensitive person. Slowly, I have been able to break down my walls and share my true insecurities and troubles through music. That, in turn, has allowed me to gradually feel comfortable enough to openly speak out about values and issues I feel passionate about in day-to-day life. Hopefully my music will encourage others to do the same. We are not alone in all this.”
Swiftly moving between the many facets of pop music to show-off the different sides to her artistry, B-W proves she doesn’t like to be pigeonholed within Pop and would rather stay fresh and keep her followers on their toes. B-W takes inspiration from artists such as: Vera Blue, Kimbra, BANKS, and MJ, and is also a big fan of 90s music and culture, which trickles into her own sound and brand.
B-W won the Australian segment of the unsigned-artist competition, Emergenza, & went on to win Best Vocalist at the 2018 international finals in Germany. She is the daughter of legendary NZ singer, Mark Williams.