Award-winning singer-songwriter Julian Taylor decided to present his new record sooner than its scheduled release date in the hope that his songs may bring joy to listeners in troubled times –“I hope people can find solace in this music, it’s meant to draw you in and really touch your heart.”
Today XS Noize is pleased to exclusively premiere the video for ‘Love Enough’.
Composed of eight deeply intimate songs, The Ridge was co-produced by Taylor and longtime collaborator Saam Hashemi, mixed by Hashemi, mastered by Noah Mintz; and recorded at the studio of alt-country stalwarts Blue Rodeo, The Woodshed. Embracing Taylor’s signature cinematic approach to storytelling; The Ridge taps into the vein of shared experience by way of personal stories with striking effect, creating an aurul result of a songwriter clearly embracing his prime. The raw and honest nature throughout enables listeners a myriad of personally relatable entry points into his enlightening narrative tales.
Taylor’s inherently cinematic approach to his storytelling has a lot to do with his heritage and upbringing.
“It’s an interesting thing to be part Mohawk and part West Indian because I’ve always had this feeling that I never fit in anywhere,” he admits. “As a mixed person, it’s like, oh, where do you go, and how do you connect with people? That’s all I’ve been trying to do, and my life experience as a person who is mixed helps me do that. These stories are all coming from a person who tries to fit in but doesn’t quite fit in. That’s really what my work has always been about — that longing to be a part of something.”
Watch the video for ‘Love Enough’ – BELOW:
A major-label veteran, Taylor’s versatility as a songwriter and musician is signature, from spilling out electrified rhythm and blues glory with his band, to delivering captivating solo sets at folk festivals. He is a prolific artist releasing nine studio albums since 2001, three with Staggered Crossing, four with Julian Taylor Band, and two on his own. Taylor has also toured across Canada numerous times, sharing the stage with world-renowned acts including Jeff Healey, Midnight Oil, Collective Soul, Blue Rodeo and many others; plus was personally invited to perform at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Vancouver.