A Clydebank singer-songwriter played her biggest gig yet as part of a celebration of Glasgow’s female musicians.
Parkhall’s Nicola Taylor, 21, fronts a three member band called Taylor Red. With a soulful voice and distinctive style capturing the audience’s attention, Nicola and her band stood out from a field of highly talented musicians performing at the Lipstick Music Project.
In an exclusive interview ahead of the performance she told Clydebank Live: “I’m a little nervous this time as it’s been a while since we played to a big crowd, but I’m really looking forward to it. Singing is something I’ve always done and hopefully we’ll get our name out there a bit more and build up some experience of playing bigger gigs.”
The Clydebank singer is studying for a Higher National Diploma in music at Greenock’s James Watt College and is busy writing the lyrics for the trio’s upcoming album. With a powerful voice and impressive range her style reflects singers like Joss Stone and Mariah Carey, artists the Parkhall girl cites as being among those inspiring her work.
Event organiser Sara Alakus invited Taylor Red to perform after hearing a demo and deciding Nicola fit the bill as the type of artist she is looking to promote. A music student at the University of the West of Scotland, Sara launched the Lipstick Music Project to showcase Glasgow’s emerging female singer-songwriters.
She said: “I really hope these events will highlight the great talent we’ve got in Glasgow and the wider area. Hopefully this generates a bit of a buzz around the girls and interest in their music.”
A large crowd in the hundreds packed the city centre’s Universal Bar for the event last night (Wednesday, March 7) and gave a warm reception to Nicola and her bandmates.
Video by Douglas King.
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