SOUNDS FROM THE WORLD | Taylor Henderson (Australia)
Have you ever discovered an artist and ended up so torn between wanting them to remain your little secret, and wanting the whole world to know how good they are?
Yeah, well, that’s how I felt when I discovered Taylor Henderson.
Now, it’s no news that Australia is full of insanely good artist, you just have to look for them! Masketta Fall, the Australian band I told you about early last year, is indeed now blowing up and even heading on tour with British boy band The Vamps this year.
Now if you’re from Australia, and are even just slightly interested in singing contest TV shows, then you know about Taylor Henderson, but just in case you don’t, here’s a little background recap.
Born in 1993 in Ceres, Victoria, Henderson was put in the spotlight back in 2010 when he auditioned on the fourth season of Australia’s Got Talent with his father Cameron as a guitar and singing duo called Father & Son. High from his third place on the show as a solo artist, he auditions for Season 5 of The X Factor Australia three years later, where he finishes second and subsequently signs a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.
In November 2013, the singer/songwriter releases his self-titled debut album, which debuted at number one on the Australian Recording Industry Association Albums Chart and was certified platinum. Additionally, the album includes his number-one debut single “Borrow My Heart”. The following year, Henderson releases his second studio album Burnt Letters, which becomes his second number-one album. To promote the album, Henderson embarks on his first headlining tour, the Burnt Letters Tour.
And the rest is history!
Now, what I really liked about Henderson is that he’s a very versatile artist who always seems to know exactly what tone to use for what song. As showcased in his debut self-titled album, which was at 98.5% made of covers of artists such as Cyndi Lauper or even FUN., Henderson handles a 80s pop track just as well on a Top 10 folk hit. The soon-to-be 22-year-old manages to impress with just his vocals and his guitar, which was furthermore proven when he included an acoustic rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” to his album.
But though his covers were great, I was more than happy to learn that Henderson had co-written 9 out of the 12 tracks of his new album. In this second album, Henderson focuses on a mostly acoustic pop/rock vibe, with some bouncy guitars, all the while opening a few of his tracks to some experiment from other genres such as dance and country to target a wider demographic audience.
If you happen to be in Australia sometime in April, make sure to check out Taylor Henderson on Tour!
Tickets and info available at TaylorHendersonOfficial.com!