BREE TAYLOR

One more fabulous female to share with all of you before we close off the year! This week we have the pleasure of getting to know award-winning singer-songwriter Bree Taylor. Bree was born to sing and entertain and has been performing since the age of six. Today, she continues to establish herself as a must-watch artist on the rise through powerful vocals and her undeniable ability to story tell through lyrics. Endlessly finding inspiration from her own real-life experiences, Bree’s music beautifully speaks to her fans in a real and emotional way.

Trained by A-List vocal coach Bob Garrett, Bree hit the Canadian music scene with her first single and music video, Broken Dreams in September of 2016. This past spring, Bree wrote and recorded her debut EP Unbreakable in Los Angeles, California. Following her time out West, Bree embarked on a two-week Canadian wide tour sponsored by Silhouette Eyewear in May 2018. Her most recent single The Feeling was deemed the perfect song for the summer! This past October, Bree also released her highly- anticipated new single You Played It All. Additionally, she supports causes that are close to her heart including the Oakville, Milton and Toronto Humane Society, To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), and the Canadian Mental Health Association. To find out more about Bree, you can visit her website www.breetaylor.com.

We love how Bree has always had a strong sense of purpose. Extremely self-aware and focused, she has always known who she is and what her calling is in life. Even as a young artist, Bree understands the discipline, determination and commitment it takes to see your dreams through to reality. It’s so amazing to see how writing and composing music has become a spiritual practice for Bree. Music is her form of therapy and her continual reminder that sometimes our darkest moments are the biggest blessings in disguise. Thank you Bree for showing us that our passions are the doorway to self-discovery and the true meaning of our lives!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Who was your biggest female inspiration growing up and why? Why do you think it’s important for young girls to have positive female influences in their lives?

I can't think of any ONE female inspiration I had growing up. I have been surrounded by a lot of strong, inspiring women in my life - I have had two incredible grandmothers that I have been very close to, six aunts and my mom. I also found inspiration from females in entertainment that I looked up to when I was growing up. I loved Shania Twain, P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff, and the list goes on. I find inspiration everywhere and in everyone, and I always instinctively looked up to strong, real women of substance, but ultimately, I have always had a very strong sense of self and direction.

I think it is SO important for girls to have positive role models in their lives. The more women take control and are shown and seen in places of power and influence, the better an example it will set for younger generations of women. I think it is so vital that we set a positive example for younger generations and we can do so by living as that example. Being strong, independent, resilient, hardworking and earning our success. If girls see more women like this, they will be inspired to chase their dreams, not be afraid to go after what they want and live their life without limitations. The more girls who are surrounded by inspiring, they will aspire to be like them and be happy and confident women themselves.

What’s your favorite part about being an artist? Did you ever doubt your decision in choosing an untraditional career? What’s your advice for girls who aspire to pave their own path?

My favourite part about being an artist is having a way to channel my emotions and tell my story. I love creating music, the entire process from writing the song to recording to performing is so therapeutic for me. I NEED to create otherwise I don't know how I would live my life so no, I have never doubted choosing this as a career. I, of course, had more practical ideas as a kid for career paths I could have taken, but I always saw myself as a musician and performer. I feel like this is what I am meant to do, and I have no doubts in my mind that this is the right path for me.

My advice to girls who aspire to pave their own path is to DO IT. Trust yourself. Believe in your dream and trust that internal voice and gut instinct guiding you - this is SO vital and will keep you going. Don't let anyone discourage you or make you second guess yourself and your vision - only you know what you know in your heart and no one else can understand it so trust and believe in yourself and keep going no matter what.

Tell us about a challenging time in your life. What did you do to overcome it? What did you learn about yourself in the process?

I am a very hypersensitive and emotional person, so my emotions have always been a challenge for me. I have suffered with depression and anxiety most of my life, as a child unaware of what I was even dealing with. This, I have found to be the biggest challenge in my life and is something that is constantly teaching me about myself as I grow as a person. This is why I am a huge advocate for mental health - it has affected me personally as well as many friends of mine and some family members. It is a cause very dear to my heart.

It is something I am constantly working on, I don't think anyone dealing with these types of things are ever completely healed or perfect. In terms of working towards overcoming it, I would have to say that having immense support from my friends and family have helped a lot along with learning to be mindful through meditation and yoga. If I don't workout at the gym or do my yoga practise, I can start to feel the stress in my body and know that I need my exercise. I also have my dog that is an emotional support animal and she takes care of me as much as I do her. She is so in tune with my emotions and knows when I need her and having her around during hard times is a lifesaver.

Creating is also so vital to my existence, it helps as a form of therapy for me so being able to do this for a living gets me through, which is why I am working towards making this a full-time career for myself and being able to support myself financially with it. I love it so much that it doesn't even feel like work to me. I work 45-hours a week at my day job to support myself right now and I will stay up late if I have to perform, make music or whatever I need to do to push my career forward.

Having grown up with this challenge, I have learned SO much about myself along the way through learning to deal with my emotions and anxiety. I have learned that mental health should always be a top priority - if something or someone is affecting me in a negative way, then I need to eliminate it/them or learn to cope with that stress in a healthy way. I try to surround myself with positive people who add good things to my life as opposed to someone who is negative or hurting me in some way. I have unfortunately had to deal with a lot of toxic friendships and relationships and they have all helped me learn this. I have also learned just really how vital music is to my soul and have figured out that this is my purpose in life through my own suffering. I want to be a voice to those who can't be one for themselves, those who are struggling and feeling like no one understands or can hear them and through my journey and my story, I can hopefully help them.

How do you stay motivated? What words do you live by whether it’s a phrase, motto or mantra that helps you get through a tough day? 

I stay motivated by trusting in my vision and my dream and knowing that getting there will be so worth it in the end. Also, because there is this force inside me that is guiding me and letting me know that this is what I am meant to do. I have always had a deep sense of purpose and known what I wanted to do with my life and the more I go after it the clearer it gets. I guess my faith is what keeps me going. I trust in God's plan for me and my life. 

In terms of what specifically gets me through a tough day is meditation and my yoga practice. Meditation has saved me so much! It really is a peaceful time for just me and it helps me clear my head and relax, even if only for just five or 10 minutes a day.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

She is STRONG. She is a FIGHTER. She is RESILIENT. She is HARD WORKING. She is a DREAMER and she is PERFECTLY IMPERFECT.