Cassie Taylor is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and blues musician. She started her career in the early 2000s as a bassist for her father Otis Taylor, the critically acclaimed trance blues musician. Her formative years as a touring artist led her to share the stage and record with blues and rock legends including Joe Cocker, John Oates, Gary Moore, and Keb’ Mo’.
Taylor released her solo album “Out of My Mind” in 2013, which infused traditional blues with genres as diverse as electronica, indie rock, and jazz. She toured internationally before calling it quits. “I was burned out and in a dark place. My career didn’t feel like my own, and I lost sight of the artist in me. I knew it was time for a change.”
Shortly before welcoming her child into the world, Taylor stepped back from touring. “It changed everything,” Taylor laughs. “I went from rocking out on stage in front of thousands to changing dirty diapers.” She developed a new career path as a photographer/videographer, working with clients such as HGTV star Tamara Day, Beauty Brands, and the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
But Taylor didn’t give up songwriting. “We Got the Blues,” a track written by Taylor during the pandemic, will appear on Billboard Blues charting artist Annika Chambers’ 2022 release.
Meanwhile, “Out of My Mind” continued to gain momentum. Nearly 8 years after release, the track “Spare Some Love” hit 1million streams on Spotify, thanks to curated playlists like Women of the Blues. At the same time, “Spare Some Love,” “No Ring Blues,” and “That’s My Man,” all written by Taylor, became staple covers for blues bands across the globe.
“The pandemic taught me a lot of lessons and now I’m excited to return to music on my own terms,” says Taylor. “Platforms like Spotify were in their infancy when I walked away from music. In lockdown, artists realized the importance of streaming and digital media to reach their audience. I’m so excited to use this technology to create meaningful music and reconnect with my fans.”
Taylor’s much anticipated EP will be released in mid-2022.