Taylor Henderson was already a budding and gifted singer/songwriter by the time he appeared on the 2013 season of The X Factor. His standout appearances on the show televised his talent to a wider audience around the country and he immediately followed his performances on the programme with a #1 Aria double-platinum single (“Borrow My Heart”, an original) and his self-titled #1 Aria debut album (a collection of predominately cover songs from the TV show). Whilst these achievements were impressive in their own right, it’s what he went on to release next which elevated him from being a contestant, to an artist with significant career potential. In March 2014, Taylor released his beautiful and melodic “When You Were Mine” single – co-penned himself – which became an instant hit, racking up a Top 5 single position on the charts, and achieving platinum status. It was a taste of things to come; the first song to be lifted from his upcoming debut artist-album. Ears pricked up and heads turned, as audiences did a double-take – Taylor Henderson was making it known, he was here for the long haul.
“With that song I was very aware that I didn’t want to release a single that was a skeleton of the prior release – I didn’t want to release “Borrow My Heart Pt 2”. “When You Were Mine” was a slower song, with more of an emotional tug on it, and in that sense I took a risk with it. Despite its success though, if I had sold just two copies of it I would’ve been happy because it was a single I really wanted to release. The fact that it was a hit was just the incredible icing on the cake. I’m really proud of that song, and I’m now really proud that audiences found a connection to it also.”
The album “Burnt Letters” is a consistent collection of material which hones into a particular Taylor Henderson stylistic sound. That Taylor likes the music of Matt Corby, Passenger, Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran isn’t surprising considering together they all share a singer/songwriter sensibility to tell stories with integrity.
“I just want to be honest with music. Sometimes I think I say stupid things or I get awkward on stage, but when I start playing my music I just want people to think to themselves, ‘Oh yeah, that’s why I’m here, to experience this’. It’s not about how many t-shirts I can sell – none of that matters. It’s solely about my musical expression and whether people can identify with what I’m singing about.”