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Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor brought her warm, casual vocals to several projects -- most notably Azure Ray, a dreamy pop duo that featured Taylor and longtime partner Orenda Fink -- before launching her own career as a solo singer/songwriter. Born in 1976 in Birmingham, Alabama, she got her start at age 15 as part of the Birmingham duo Little Red Rocket, a pop/rock group that garnered comparisons to Belly and Veruca Salt. After releasing 1997's Who Did You Pay and 2000's It's in the Sound as part of the Geffen Records roster, Little Red Rocket found themselves lost in the shuffle of Geffen's corporate merger with Universal Music Group. The group disbanded as a result, and Taylor relocated to Athens, Georgia alongside her bandmate Orenda Fink. Once established in their new home, the two regrouped as Azure Ray.

With help from Conor Oberst's well-trained ear, the Saddle Creek band Now It's Overhead caught wind of Azure Ray's plaintive pop sound and asked the girls to join their band as well. As half of that group, Taylor and Fink signed to the Saddle Creek label while continuing to issue their Azure Ray projects via the independent Warm Recordings. In 2001, both Azure Ray and Now It's Overhead released scantly received self-titled debuts; a year later, Taylor and Fink took up full-time residence in Omaha and released Burn and Shiver, their second full-length project under the Azure Ray moniker. The pair's third effort, 2003's Hold on Love, found a warm reception from the indie scene on the merits of the singles "The Drinks We Drank Last Night" and "New Resolution." Fall Back Open, a Now It's Overhead set, was released in 2004 amid heavy touring, and Azure Ray disbanded that same year, with both members continuing to work together on various projects.

Having paid her dues by singing backup for various albums by Moby, Bright Eyes, and Crooked Fingers, Taylor struck out on her own with 2005's 11:11. The solo debut found her mixing melancholy songs ("Birmingham 1982") with more upbeat material ("One for the Shareholder"), a combination that also owed a small debt to the carefully crafted music of Carole King and Laura Nyro. Two years later, Taylor's second solo record, Lynn Teeter Flower, featured more exploration of the 1970s singer/songwriter sound, while 2008's Savannah Drive featured her acoustic collaborations with Andy LeMaster. Maintaining her prolific pace, Taylor returned the following year with LadyLuck and began working on another Azure Ray album, Drawing Down the Moon, which appeared in 2010. Despite Azure Ray's reunion, both members continued working on their own material, too, and Taylor released her fourth album, Overlook, in 2011, followed by Something About Knowing in 2013. ~ Tammy La Gorce, Rovi
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and I miss you! I miss you every single day...
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Grey's Anatomy has used songs from both Maria (Song Beneath The Song), and Azure Ray (Sleep). :) Always great stuff :) Both the music in that show, and those two artists.
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stevedabaldo
1.kiss your left hand
2. Say your crush name
3. Say a school day
4. Close your hand
5. Say your name
6. Open your hand and look at it
7. Post this on at least 15 other songs do this and ur crush will ask u out the day u said
(believe)
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Can you dig it? Lol. Sweet sweet sounding. I like it. Beautiful voice!
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Very nice.
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Amazing work Maria Taylor!
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mcgonjl
That is definitely a nice voice.
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Clean Getaway....S o hits home. Her voice is just amazing, truly touching.
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soothing voice at the end of the day aaahhhh
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anyone want to remix this? a bitter:sweet treatment would be pretty cool :)
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kevin832
i thought this had to be one the Azure Ray duo, but solo. these two have KILLED and THANKFULLY the typical ABC-123 singer-songw r i t e r genre that had become some dull. they have helped define a new "acoustic-ed g e " style that is full of sound, layers, texture - even if its just vocal & guitar...GOO D B Y E BORING SINGER SONGWRITING NONSENSE...a n d thanks to Maria & Azure Ray for helping not only choke that out, but bring in the new, classic sound
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I really like her
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and love was just laughing with a friend
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eija_naika
What an amazing sound.

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I'm so sad I just missed her show in Madison :), I hope she comes back soon!
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dorianmoore
Great artist, found her by mistake a few years back at Barnes and Noble.. they were playing her CD...
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erica, this isn't a song...it's Maria Taylor, the artist.
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erica_e_07
Love Love Love this song. It's kind of depressing but mythical and enjoyable at the same time.
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ena.the.rogu e
Maria Taylor was half of Azure Ray. I miss Azure Ray.
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and the weight of our words is what we don't understand
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xpardosiboyz x
Kellie R. Maria Taylor is half of Azure Ray
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Wow. I thought for sure this was Azure Ray. She has the same ethereal vocals.
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amandamagdal e n a
Damn, who the hell is this...it's f-ing awesome...sh i v e r s .
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mcomer6
Brilliant, sh i m m e r i n g and clear. How can you not love it?
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spinozablue
Clear phrasing. Beautiful. Simple. Direct. And heart-felt. No clutter. No mess. No straining for effect. Great song.
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sounds like any other indie female singer/songw r i t e r . nothing special.
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she has such a pretty voice.
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jasonlopez90
am really diging this chick, shes pretty cool. She reminds me of happyness.
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stepcatdog
she is wicked awesome. no one comes close to matching her for mezmerizing vocal quality.
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Not terribly familiar with Maria -- I discovered her from NPR more or less. But I always find her songs so mesmerizing. Love it.
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Such a beautiful voice.

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