Q&A with Country Artist Payton Taylor

payton taylor beaverdamusa.comCountry artist Payton Taylor recently sat down with BeaverDamUSA.com. Here is a follow-up Q&A session with her. (After you finish this, read Part 1 of our interview here.)

Q: You’re from rural New Jersey, but you’ve spent a lot of time touring in the South. Talk about similarities and differences between the two areas.

PT: We still had farms (in New Jersey). It was kind of where the Garden State still existed. We still had some farms and high school football. We had all that, too. And down here I feel like it’s much more of a tight-knit community. People look out for each other, and I feel like that’s something you couldn’t really find back home.”

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Q: You spend lots of time in Nashville. Compare it to some of the places you’ve seen?

PT: One of the coolest things about Nashville is those great small town characteristics carry over into the big city. We’re down here so much, and Nashville is a big city with a small town feel, and it’s true, it’s true! You can walk down Broadway, and I see tons of people I know, and they’ll be the first to extend a handshake ask how you’re doing. How’s your mom? How’s your dad? And you don’t get that at home. And that’s one of the things I really love, and one of the things we really want to try to celebrate in our new single(“Small Town Paradise”).

payton taylor beaverdamusa.comQ: Everybody asks you about your influences, so we will, too.

PT: As far as influences I really have a spot in my heart for Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin, but one of my biggest inspirations, I think, is Dolly Parton. I just think she’s such an amazing woman. And she has a quote where she says she’s 3 women, She’s Dolly herself. She’s Dolly the artist who creates music. And she’s Dolly the business woman. And you really have to have those 3 people when being an artist. So I think she’s just incredible. As far as writing, I really look up to her stuff.

Q: What was your first desire as far as performing?

PT: I was determined to go to Broadway and keep doing theater. Being originally from New Jersey — and it’s so close to New York — there are so many people who want to go to Broadway; and I was determined to do it, but it wasn’t until I took that first trip to Nashville that really changed my mind.

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