Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Nola transplant Charm Taylor started out as a public school educator. Co-founder, electric lead vocalist, and songwriter of New Orleans Rock-n-Soul band The Honorable South, Charm is excited to announce the release of her solo debut, “The Road Within,” — a dynamic blend of futuristic soul and melodic hip-hop.
Thematically, The Road Within is infused with old world mysticism, space, and beyond. “We were traveling through the land my great grandmother was born in when I started to record this album,” explains Taylor. “I began to trace my origins and was inspired by the stories I learned of my ancestors. I developed a deeper understanding of myself, and have a renewed faith in the transformative power of music.”
Q&A with Charm Taylor
What inspired you to become a musician?
The moment I discovered that writing made me feel better and helped me to accept certain realities about my life. I wrote stories, open letters, speeches, poems, and songs to make sense of the world around me. I chose song and the power of the word because I believe in it’s transformative ability.
What are you interested in investigating through your work?
My work is not only a tool of self discovery but a means for me to explore the mind, spirit, and collective consciousness. It’s a means for me to investigate healing through frequency and vibration and to continue the radical work of those who came before me.
You live in New Orleans. Does the city inspire your work?
Absolutely. The bold color, magic, and tradition inspire my work greatly!
What would you consider to be your sound and how does it show itself in your work?
I’d describe by sound as future SOUL or high frequency music. Each song takes you, as you are, on a journey beyond your current state of awareness. There are rhythms, ancient mantras, and melodies that were created to so that the listener can tune out (inward) and vibrate higher. I’m trying to break a few spells that were cast on the masses centuries ago, so every spacey foreign sounding buzz is meant to reawaken folks who have been complacent for far too long and spark r(evolution) of self and society.
You frequently illustrate private moments in your songs. What draws you to these moments?
My own truth. As I evolve as a songwriter I have to remember to be brave ad share because there is someone listening that can relate to even my most private moments and they deserve to know they are not alone.
What advice would you give aspiring female musicians?
My advice to female musicians is to know and trust your power. To be committed to authenticity and support one another! We are the divine feminine, the original teachers, daughters, mothers, sisters, empaths, creators. The world will wake up when we do. We are the ones that sound the alarm and offer recourse. We have so much work to do on this planet and too much art for arts sake. Now is a time to create art that gifts us fresh visions of the future. Find your voice and lift it way up!