Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life,then we can proceed to the rest of the interview

My artist name is Taylor Marie. I grew up in a small town on the North Carolina coast called Elizabeth City. I am an only child and blessed with two amazing parents (Todd and Paulette Wagner). Growing up in a small town I was very active in 4-H and FFA. I showed livestock in 4-H from age 5 till I was 17. My favorite things to do are playing music,songwriting, riding horses, and hiking. I am a graduate of Northeastern High School. An I have Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Shenandoah University. As a Christian young lady my favorite verse is "Delight yourself in the Lord an he will give you the desires of your heart" Psalms 37:4 I know that with God anything is possible.
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Country Music Explosion:When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?

Taylor Marie:I wrote my first song at age 15. It was titled I want me a Hot Cowboy. I remember as a little girl I use to sing along to every single Shania Twain, and George Strait song that came on the radio. An they have had a big influence in the music I write still today.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Taylor Marie:Sometimes I just have a neat idea and catchy hook pop into my head and I am like this needs to be a song. Other times I hear a story or have an event occur in my life an I turn it in to a song.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your songwriting and/or career?

Taylor Marie:Being nominated for the Grizzly Rose Best Upcoming Country Artist 2016 an finishing in the top 5 against country acts Flordia Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett an many other talented artist. I have also recently cowritten the theme song for the Second Tour Campaign for Americas veterans with Natalia Taylar, Michael Sinclair and Ashley Taylor. I was nominated for Top determination at The WOBA awards this June during CMA fest in Nashville. I also played a live iheart radio interview during CMA fest with the Chris Top Program. I have also had the honor and privilege to openfor Ray Scott, and Kevin Mac.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Taylor Marie:There is not a lot of live music here in my town. However this week I am playing two benefit shows in the area an I know everyone is excited. That is what I love about growing up in a small town. I am blessed to have my entire towns support. Growing up here has influenced my writing so much. I write songs about North Carolina and living near the beach. I also write about living in a small town and being a country girl.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Taylor Marie:I like my songs to have a catchy hook or be a song that makes you have to think and tells you a story. My goals as a writer are to write for as many artist as I can an cowrite with as may artist as I can. I have already had the honor to cowrite with so many talented artist. My dream is to one day write a song that goes all the way to number on the charts!
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Taylor Marie:Sometimes I'll have a catchy line in mind or just an idea and I'll go from there.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Taylor Marie:Sometimes I have something occur in my life that I want to write a song about. Or somedays in walking around in Hobby Lobby and see a picture with a quote and I get an idea for a song! Some songs I can write in a few minutes to an hour. Others may take me a few days or weeks it just depends on the topic. I find cowriting to be so helpful with songs like this because you can take your ideas an combine them an make a great song even better.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, “illuminate, educate and entertain” fans? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Taylor Marie:The songwriter is the one writing the story for the artist to sing about. Sometimes the songs explain its self and tell a story. Other times there just a fun tune with a catchy hook and beat. An sometimes the song makes you think because it may have a powerful message or maybe even mean more than one thing.
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Country Music Explosion:In which way does writing and reading about music change the way it is perceived by the public?

Taylor Marie:Sometimes the public may hear a song an go why would someone write this. But then they hear the story an meaning behind the song an it can change there whole perspective of the song.
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Country Music Explosion:Whom do you feel your obligation is to other artists and the fans,not writing for a publication ? In how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Taylor Marie:When I write I try to think of songs that I think today's country music fans would enjoy and want to listen to I also keep in mind who I'm cowriting with or the artist that may be singing the song that way I have an idea for the type and style of song to write.
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Country Music Explosion:song writing have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should - be new forms and formats for song writing?

Taylor Marie:I currently love the new trends in songwriting! I love having the talking parts, and pre choruses. A lot of my songs tend to be written in the format of verse, pre chorus, chorus, verse, pre chorus, chorus, bridge, pre chorus, chorus.
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Taylor Marie:Making money in the music industry is harder than ever these days because of the Internet there are now so many ways for people to get our music without ever having to pay any money for it. I believe that Music has VALUE and each artisit has worked so hard on there songs the deserve the credit and money that they have worked for so much.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start playing Music and/or songwriting?

Taylor Marie:I did my first talent show in the 8th grade I sang Kellie Picklers song I Wonder. An I started writing songs at age 15 I wrote my first song and I have been cowriting and writing songs ever since. I think of music as a fun way to express yourself and tell the world your story.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Taylor Marie:Acoustic Guitar, and piano
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Taylor Marie:Will the Circle be Unbroken, Ring of Fire, 18 wheels and a dozen roses.
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Taylor Marie:My mom and dad have both cowritten songs with me.
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Taylor Marie:My parents do not play instruments but they both have helped me with songs lyrics.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Taylor Marie:Wow that is such a hard question because I admire so many artist because of there incredible songs and talent. If I had to pick a top two favorite I would say Loretta Lynn, and George Strait.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Taylor Marie:I have learned from so many artist from cowriting to on stage performance I think if you take the time an listen you can learn so much from so many talented individuals.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Taylor Marie:I have so many amazing memories that I have made. From my first talent show in the 8th grade to playing my very first show in Nashville TN I have made so many friends an met so many incredibly talented people.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Taylor Marie:I own almost all of George Straits CDs and his music style an writing has influenced my music style.
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?

Taylor Marie:George Strait, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, Kasey Musgraves, Ricky Skaggs, and Merle Haggard.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Taylor Marie:Besides doing my talent show in 8th grade I have not done any other competitions with my music.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Taylor Marie:I have performed at my church, Rock Bottom Brewery and Belcourt Taps in Nashville. I have also done a few writers nights at the Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville, TN. This coming week I am singing the national anthem at an Edenton steamers baseball game and then I am doing a benefit show at my church with Megan Golden and Jeremy Harrell to raise money towards the purchase of an AED for my church. Then this coming Friday me and Megan are doing a benefit show for wounded and disabled veterans in Edenton, NC.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you in a band or a solo artist,if your in a band,what is the name of it

Taylor Marie:I am a solo Artist
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Taylor Marie:Keep on pushing thru mistakes are going to happen at some point no one is perfect it's the recovery an how you handle the mistakes that make you a better musician.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Taylor Marie:I get a little nervous but more excited than anything I love performing for a crowd and entertaining them.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Taylor Marie:Find a place to focus on and just have fun song and play with your heart and the crowd will love you!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Taylor Marie:I always attend practices and sessions. An being able to have fun with my band but get the songs nailed down an fee confident about them.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Taylor Marie:Sometimes a few hours and some practices are all day.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Taylor Marie:I practice a variety of songs from my originals, to classic and modern country songs that I may cover in my set.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Taylor Marie:My family and friends are my biggest fans of my music so they are very supportive. An some of my best friends are members in my band.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?If so,can you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Taylor Marie:Being signed to a label would be a dream come true. I feel like country music as a whole is a big and very welcoming family full of love.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song and is it available now for pre-order?

Taylor Marie:I am currently working and writing my songs and hope to have material out very soon.
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Taylor Marie:I am currently working and writing my songs and hope to have material out very soon.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Taylor Marie:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Taylor-Marie-1387990868090044/

Twitter: TMmusic_93

YouTube:

Instagram: tmmusic_93
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Taylor Marie:This week I am singing the national anthem at a Edenton Steamers baseball game. Then I have a benefit show at riverside United Methodist church on Thursday in Elizabeth City, NC with Megan Golden and Jeremy Harrell to raise money for an AED then Friday Me and Megan have a benefit show for wounded and disabled veterans in Edenton, NC. Then on August 3rd I am playing Writers on the Rise writers night at Harp and Fiddle in Nashville, TN. On August 20th I have a show in Maryland and I am currently booking more.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You're most proud of? If so what is the name of it?

Taylor Marie:One of my favorite songs I have ever written is my song Grits and Sweet Tea that I cowrote with my Dad. I love this tune and the tribute it plays to country music history.
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Taylor Marie:Me and my dad were riding on our way to Nashville and we started to write this song as we had been making references to some of country musics greats.
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Taylor Marie:Of my songs I think the ones people can relate to the most is called "playing the game". I believe this song is the most relatable because a lot of people have regrets in life because they were to scared to try to do them. An like the song says don't let the fear of stringing out keep you from playing the game
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