Interview with Sharade Taylor

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Sharade Taylor’s musical journey began in the vibrant city of Freeport, Bahamas, where he was born and raised. From the tender age of 3, Sharade found himself immersed in the world of music, starting his singing endeavors in the church. It was within those sacred walls that he cultivated a deep-seated passion for the art form.

In 2011, Sharade embarked on a remarkable adventure, traveling the world as part of the group Up With People. This experience not only broadened his cultural horizons but also fueled his artistic inspiration. In 2018, he made a significant mark on the international stage by securing a spot in the top ten of The Shot, a prestigious singing competition hosted in Canada.

Since then, Sharade Taylor has been a dedicated advocate for Bahamian Cultural music, specializing in the unique genre of Rake and Scrape. His commitment to preserving and promoting the rich musical heritage of the Bahamas is evident in the seven singles he has released, all available on various streaming platforms.

Currently, Sharade continues to make waves in the music scene, with his latest single showcasing a collaborative effort with one of the Bahamas’ music legends, Ms. Veronica Bishop. With a voice that resonates the spirit of his homeland, Sharade Taylor stands as a testament to the power of passion and perseverance in the world of music.

Where are you based?
The Bahamas

How long have you been making music?
5 years

What genre would you consider your music to be?
Rake and Scrape

What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I’ve always had a passion for it. I was a school teacher but the job wasn’t fulfilling because it wasn’t a passion of mine. So I quit my job to focus on my music. So I guess just wanting to live in my purpose was my inspiration!

What are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences would have to be Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Ella Fitzgerald, Sweet Emily and Ronnie Butler. Not just their artistry in the studio but also on stage!

Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
I’m an independent artist.

What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Getting my music to a broader fan base outside of the Bahamas! Although I’m doing Bahamian cultural music I want to spread my culture to the world!

How many songs or albums have you released to date?
8 singles

Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
Just a fool is a song written by myself and performed by Myself alongside a Bahamian legend Ms. Veronica Bishop. The song is about a couple who idoes not have good communication with each other but they love each or and not sure if the other person loves them back! The genre is Rake and Scape and is a fun upbeat song.

Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
Yes I have two singles coming out in the near future. One called Energy, this song is on a Riddim with various Bahamian artist called the Birthday Riddim. And the second song is a remake of a Bahamian classic, I don’t want to give to much detail about that one!


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