Over the years the music industry has been rapidly changing. The music that we hear on the radio and that receives the most recognition has started to sound the same which has left many of us wondering where "REAL" music went. However, that music that many of us have missed is slowly making a comeback.
Taylor Pace, American R&B/Neo-Soul/Jazz artist, is rapidly on the brink of becoming a household name. He has been called the best kept secret in the music industry by musicians and fans alike.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Pace not only comes from a musically inclined family, but he also taught himself how to play different instruments at an early age. At the age of 13, he started playing classical music on the piano which soon led him to playing Neo-Soul and Jazz.
"I've been in music since an early age. I grew up around it."
Since then Pace has been blessed to accomplish many things thus far on his musical journey. During his senior year in high school he received the bronze medal in the NAACP's National ACT-SO competition in Contemporary Instrumental Music. He was also selected to be in the very first HBCU All-Star Big Band during his freshman year at Howard University where he was the only freshman to receive that honor. While in college Taylor worked and played alongside jazz legends including Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Eddie Henderson,Grady Tate, Charles Covington, Charlie Young, and many more. Pace graduated from Howard University with a BA in Jazz Studies.
His success didn't stop there. After graduating from Howard in 2008, Pace became the keyboardist for Grammy Nominated R&B Superstar Mario. While playing with Mario, Pace performed on BET's 106&Park as well as Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and recorded a song on Mario's 3rd album Go, which was released on the European version of the album.
In addition to performing with Mario, Pace also has had memorable highlights where he traveled to Russia as a keyboardist for R&B Singer Mya. During the same year he did a stint as keyboardist for gospel's 7 Son's of Soul, appearing on cable's longest running program "The Bobby Jones Gospel Hour".
Pace has been blessed to have accomplished so much early on in his career and he plans to continue to branch out within the next few years. He wants to tour Europe in completing an oversees tour, as well as increase the buzz in getting his name out there and becoming more relevant.
Currently, Pace is revamping his debut album, Return of the Phoenix where he is adding on a live band. He hopes to one day collaborate with artists Van Hunt, Prince and Raphael Sadiq.
"Anyone who is cool and makes great music, I would love to work with them."
In addition to his accomplishments and projects, Pace loves learning about film and learning how to play new instruments. He is currently learning to master the guitar.
Pace has been extremely successful in his music career so far and he advises others that they can be just as successful:
"You have to have guts. Mine are growing each day. You have to just get out there and do it. Everything else will fall into place."
For those who would like a taste of Pace's music, his latest single Hex can be downloaded from his Bandcamp page.