And what else was going on back in 2005 you might ask? A social network called Myspace. (it sure came and went pretty fast.) So while doing social networking sort of stuff I happened to discover an artist that was recommended as similar to The Innocence Mission. This artist, at the time was only going by the her first name, Gileah, but is more commonly known as Gileah Taylor. She had just released an album called The Golden Plains, and after listening to the 3 or 4 songs found on her Myspace site, I promptly ordered the CD.
Almost 10 years after I discovered Gileah Taylor, in the fall of 2016 I happened to be passing through Seaside in Florida visiting family, and I stopped by their local independent record store (as is my custom). (Ms. Taylor lives in the Desten area of Florida). Because she is a local artist, this record store actually stocks copies of her albums. While at the record store, I discovered that Ms. Taylor had recorded a new album, just released a few months earlier. I decided I could not pass up the opportunity to hear what she was up to these days, so I bought a copy of her new album Songs for Late at Night vol. 2.
Before I talk a little more about this album, I want to say that the main strength of Ms. Gileah Taylor is her incredible voice. It is one of a kind, and one of the best I have heard. Like Harry Nilsson, her voice is like this amazing unique instrument of beauty. It is such a joy to hear her sing, and you get the feeling like you are witnessing a rare beauty that only exist once and for a short time. If a voice is an instrument, there is only one in the world like it, and it only exist for the lifespan of the person who possess it. It is truly a treasure, more than at stradivarius, as at least there are several of those and they last for hundreds of years. There is only one Gileah Taylor, and it is an amazing joy to hear her sing. I would say she is as good, if not better, than Norah Jones. Norah is great, but Gileah is wonderful too, and I wish she was more well known as an artist. There are certain artist, people like Feist or Regina Spektor, and they are good, but I believe Gileah Taylor is just as good or maybe better than any of them. I cannot say why some people end up being more popular than others, except for maybe they just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Or maybe they meet the right people. I have known artist in Nashville who are as good as any indie-pop sensation, but who are also almost completely unknown.
After 10 years, hearing Gileah sing again, and sounding better than ever, I feel like have have been reacquainted with an old friend. We have both matured and changed over the past 10 years, and Gileah Taylor’s voice and music is better off for it.