She had just gotten the right to vote. She wasn't yet old enough to drink. Yet 18 year old songbird Taylor Mitchell's vocal style and consummate songwriting craft belied her vernal years. Indeed her songs from her debut and only CD, "For Your Consideration", told the tales of a seeker, a sojourner with a sage wisdom atypical of most, let alone one of such tender years.
Less than a year after the release, Taylor tragically died from a coyote attack while hiking on a Canadian nature trail in Nova Scotia.
Praised by such Canadian luminaries as Lynn Miles, Justin Rutledge, and Michael Johnston and Suzie Vinnick, as well as presenters and media alike. “For Your Consideration“ is a collection of mostly original songs that showcases a range of styles, from folk to country-rock to pop, and reflects the diversity of her talent.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, she studied music and dance from an early age, attending the prestigious Etobicoke School of the Arts with a major in musical theatre.
In 2006, Taylor met Suzie Vinnick, a Maple Blues award-winning artist. The two forged an instant connection, and went on to co-write two songs that appear on “For Your Consideration”.
In 2007, Taylor was invited to participate in the Youth Mentoring Program at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) Conference. Taylor mentored one-on-one with Juno award- winner Lynn Miles. Miles was so impressed by the young singer-songwriter that the two went on to write “Ride Into the Sunset”, which Taylor recorded as a duet with Justin Rutledge on “For Your Consideration”.
Taylor also collaborated with Michael Johnston, who recorded her first EP in 2007. When Taylor approached Michael about recording an album’s worth of original material, Johnston enthusiastically agreed to produce.
Johnston enlisted an all-star cast of musicians to serve as Taylor’s band in the studio, including John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards), Anne Lindsay (Jim Cuddy Band), Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco, Ron Sexsmith), Justin Rutledge and Noel Webb (Skydiggers). Both Vinnick and Miles also appear on the recording.
In August 2008, Taylor began recording at Dinsmore’s Lincoln County Social Club studio, in the heart of Parkdale, in downtown Toronto. Taylor’s album was recorded over 5 days, in an organic, live-off-the-floor fashion. Engineered and mixed by Chris Stringer (Rush, Jory Nash), the 10 songs include a haunting duet with Miles on “Diamond and Rust” by Joan Baez, and a Crazy-Horse style take on Gordon Lightfoot’s “Love and Maple Syrup”.
In her short time with us, Taylor had achieved so much: she was a Canadian youth finalist in the 2008 Mountain Stage Newsong contest, and performed two songs at the finals held as part of the Ottawa Folk Festival, was a performer in the Young Performers Program at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2009 and was a masterful artist beguiling audiences with her maturity, warm and confident stage presence, and tremendous lyrical and melodic depth.
Taylor Mitchell had plans to tour folk clubs and festivals across Canada in 2009, coinciding with the release of her full-length recording. She was on her first East Coast Tour when she was attacked and tragically died.
These achievements alongside her stunning debut at Canada's premier music club, Hugh's Room, marked an auspicious beginning. Indeed, the sky was the limit for this songbird.