At age 25 Sony Music and Columbia Records signed Matthew Evan Taylor, co-founder, saxophonist & keyboardist of the Moses Mayfield band, to a 5-year recording contract.
So how did Matthew end up in Miami? Completing a Doctorate in Music at the Universisty of Miami? Matthew’s explanation is really a metaphor for how he approaches his music and life: he’s not afraid to try new things and let his career grow organically.
Since then he’s toured the country in a rock band; sat in on country music jams and has had his music performed by The Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew’s advice is simple. Always keep in mind that “You may be unique but you’re not alone” — meaning other people have been exactly where you stand now….who have advice and insight for you and who are willing to help. Matthew explained that he’s had significant help along the way and mentors who have smoothed the path for him.
When I asked Matthew from where does he draw his musical inspiration, I was unprepared for his response: “Oftentimes it’s just from wandering around the streets of any city with beautiful architecture. I ruined my feet and sneakers in Paris but was inspired to compose some wonderful new work.”
Matthew is the 18th person in #YouWowMe – the first-ever photography project to combine portraiture and personal words of inspiration which are passed to the next person — i.e. a “pay it forward” of inspirational photography.
To view more #YouWowMe portraits, go here.
Would you or someone you know like to be in this photography exhibit? Do you live in Southern Florida, Maine, NH, Boston, San Francisco or New York (places I try to visit regularly)?
Feel free to contact me at 305-333-6388 or EMAIL ME
Maybe you’ll be the next #YouWowMe.
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