Taylor Alexander is reaching his dreams one step at a time.
“My biggest dream will always be to write and perform the kinds of songs that can move and inspire people the way my favorite artists have inspired me,” Alexander said.
Most recently, the 25-year-old Flowery Branch High graduate sang his heart out to a country version Cher’s “Believe” and was featured on Monday night’s episode of the singing competition series “The Voice” in the blind auditions. Judge Adam Levine, lead singer for pop-rock band Maroon 5, chose Alexander as one of his team members, so Alexander will move forward in the competition.
Alexander auditioned for the show last summer in Atlanta.
“I was nervous leading up to the audition, but as soon as the doors to the stage opened up, I was hit with a wave of excitement and just had an absolute blast performing,” Alexander said.
Alexander moved to Nashville, Tenn., in January 2014 to pursue his aspirations, but he grew up in Flowery Branch and Buford.
“Growing up in a quiet southern town made me appreciate country music on a fundamental level,” Alexander said.
He also participated in theater, chorus and jazz band while growing up.
“The town is really rich with southern charm, hardworking folks and a sense of community, which in a lot of ways is the root of country music,” Alexander said. “It's hard not to be inspired by that experience.”
Most of his family still lives in Georgia, including sister Staley Alexander.
“I always remember Taylor being very drawn to music, even at a young age. He has a natural ability that he works very hard at. He's always been a huge believer in practicing and dedicating time to his craft. Even today he is always practicing, always writing and always trying to get better,” Staley said.
Alexander is partly on this journey due to his family’s support.
“I think my family is really proud. They've been really supportive of my music and are a huge reason that I still do this,” he said.
Alexander has also picked up day jobs in Nashville to make his music career more viable. Last week he picked up some construction work and a day of painting.
“Mostly odd jobs here and there to supplement music,” Alexander said.