It’s nearly impossible to believe that Taylor Upsahl, who goes by simply UPSAHL, just tossed her mortarboard in the air as a high school graduate. For someone so young, the Phoenix, AZ native is a remarkably skilled singer, songwriter and performer. It’s no wonder the Phoenix New Times proclaimed that her “songwriting will blow you away” and that her songs “transcend her teenage years, with catchy lyrics and melodies relatable to all ages.”
Born into a musical family, UPSAHL started playing both guitar and piano at the age of five. “My dad was touring in bands long before I was born,” shares Upsahl, “so I was lucky enough to have a band room in my house all throughout my childhood. Having access to instruments and a thorough understanding of music allowed me to start writing my own stuff when I was 13.”
By the time she was 14 years old, UPSAHL had written and released a self-titled EP, which gained much-deserved recognition throughout the Phoenix music scene. Then, in 2015, she pieced together a band and self-produced her first full-length album, Viscerotonic.
In its review of Viscerotonic, The Phoenix New Times wrote: “UPSAHL's sweet, soulful vocals convey a smooth, genuine quality that’s not too far off from one of the musical acts she most admires, Feist. The full-band sound on Viscerotonic, a departure from her bare-bones self-titled debut, is polished and refined.”
Viscerotonic was released on UPSAHL's own starter label, Earth Sound Records. Viscerotonic, incidentally, comes from the descriptor of a personality type that is relaxed, collected and content – which is exactly how Upsahl describes herself.
Now, UPSAHL is celebrating the recent release of her highly acclaimed third album, Unfamiliar Light, which brilliantly showcases UPSAHL’s stunning vocals and mesmerizing piano work. Following the release of Unfamiliar Light, UPSAHL released her latest single, a bouncy, rhythmic and poignant track called “Can You Hear Me Now.”
“Can You Hear Me Now” is a message to someone on the other end of a failing relationship,” shares Upsahl. “It’s the kind of the relationship that has been dysfunctional for a long period of time to the point where one person decides it isn’t worth the stress, time, or energy anymore.”
Influenced by artists like The Shins, Spoon, Lorde and Beyoncé, UPSAHL has an undeniable ability to write songs that can permeate your psyche, forcing you to tap into your deepest emotions. “I like to maintain powerful and complex lyrics that are relatable to a variety of people in a variety of situations,” shares Upsahl. “I especially like to write about relationships, friendships, politics and important societal issues.”
Over the next few years, UPSAHL will be spending most of her time in Los Angeles, working with producers and collaborators on future projects and bringing her irresistible music to the masses.
“I’m incredibly excited to see what’s next,” affirms UPSAHL. “Not only has my sound evolved, but so have I.”
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