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Adam Taylor's honing his craft

July 22, 2009|By COLLEEN SEIDEL

The day after graduation, most high school seniors are packing suitcases on their way to the beach. Adam Taylor spent his in a studio in New York City mastering his debut record.

Taylor, a Hagerstown native, graduated from Williamsport High School last spring, and the 18-year-old has spent the past year nurturing his fledgling music career.

An amateur musician thorughout his teenage years, Taylor decided to get serious about his music when his older brother, Chad, gave him a gift.

"My brother and I weren't very close growing up," Taylor relates. "He owns a recording studio in Lancaster (Pa.) and decided as a gift to me to record some of my songs. About a third of the way into recording, he realized 'Holy crap! You have to release this.'"

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The pair worked on the record for the better part of 2008 "getting everything perfect" Taylor says, and then released his self-titled debut at the very end of last year. In the first half of 2009, Taylor has been playing an average of two shows a weekend touring the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions from Baltimore to Boston.

"I've found that it's a big boulder to get rolling. You have to push really hard and constantly before seeing the fruits of your effort," Taylor explains, "but then it's like an exponential curve. It's really exciting to see people actually catching on."

And catching on is exactly what people have been doing. David Silbaugh, the talent scout for Milwaukee's Summer Fest, the largest summer musical festival in the country, recruited Taylor to play a short set on the Verizon Wireless Rising Stars stage.

"That was by far the biggest crowd I've played for," Taylor says. "It was really funny to go from playing in front of 500 or 600 kids one night, people wearing T-shirts with your name, to the next night playing in front of six."

Now the singer looks to play in front of a hometown crowd this weekend with a performance at the Maryland Theatre Friday night and two informal gigs at Barefoot Bernie's Friday and Saturday night.

Taylor says it feels somewhat like a homecoming to him.

"I'm curious -- I was just some kid in high school when I left, and I don't think anyone took me very seriously," he says. "I kind of went out and learned the ropes now."

From honing his craft by playing weekly gigs at Port City Java and Cinema 10 on Leitersburg Pike, to a performing a ticketed showcase of his talent at the Maryland Theatre, Taylor has certainly taken a leap forward with his career.

With talks of another record on the way and a goal to play 250 dates in 2010, it looks like Taylor isn't planning on turning back anytime soon.

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